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by Shane Stokes

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Ferrand-Prévot looks forward to exciting and unpredictable world cyclocross championships

by Shane Stokes

Shrugging off a heavy fall in last weekend’s World Cup race in Hoogerheide, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot confirmed on Wednesday that she will compete in Saturday’s UCI cyclocross world championships in Valkenburg. “Even if I had broken my ribs I think that I still would have tried to race on Saturday,” said the French champion.

Ferrand-Prévot crashed hard on Sunday when she slid out on a muddy slope. The accident brought down world MTB XC champion Jolanda Neff, who suffered fractures to her left collarbone and right elbow. As a result she will miss the world championships.

Ferrand-Prévot expressed her sorrow at her rival’s misfortune. She said on Wednesday that she had become progressively more motivated for the worlds in recent weeks. “I started the cyclo-cross season focusing only up until the national titles mid-January, and with the aim of using cyclo-cross as a base for my goals in the MTB and road seasons,” she said.

“After I won the French championship I knew I was in good shape, I had already sneaked a look at the circuit in Valkenburg and I became motivated for the World Championships. It’s a hilly, hard and technical lap. I like it a lot. Our race will be exciting and unpredictable. The World Cup podiums during the season have always been different. There’s not only one rider that can win, there’s probably ten different women that can win. It’s creating a lot of interest and I think fans are going to see a really cool race!”

A former world champion in both the road race and cyclocross disciplines, Ferrand-Prévot has previously been affected by overtraining and over-racing. However she appears to be in a good place at the moment. “I’m feeling really happy on the bike at the moment. I have a lot of support from my team so I am lucky for this,” she said.

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