This weekend Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will race in Vallnord for the next round of the UCI MTB World Cup series. It’s the first time since winning her 2015 MTB World Championship gold medal that Ferrand-Prévot has raced in Vallnord, Andorra.
“It’s really special for me to come back to Andorra. Last time I was here it was for the world championships and I won. It is a place that has very special memories for me,” said the current French MTB champion.
The 4km circuit for the Elite Women’s XCO race starts at 12:15 CEST on Sunday 2 July. “I really like the circuit here because it’s a really physical lap, but also with a technical part that is very natural. In most of the other World Cup races the technical sections are artificial, but here the course is natural.”
Ferrand-Prévot was forced to withdraw from last Sunday’s MTB French Cup in Lons Le Saunier due to illness but feels that she has recovered and is enthusiastic about her chances in Vallnord.
“I’m in a really good mood since the Albstadt World Cup four weeks ago. My shape is growing and I take even more pleasure during my training and races than before. It was a shame that I become sick last week because I felt so good. I was forced to take a few days to recover and now I feel healthy again. These fews days off the bike will be also go for Sunday’s race in Vallnord. You need to be fresh to start a World Cup and I am looking forward to it.”
Ferrand-Prévot’s race will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV.