The first of the upcoming World Championships in cycling will start tomorrow when the UCI MTB World Championships kick off in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is set to race for France in the team relay tomorrow followed by her individual XCO event on Saturday 8 September.
Fresh from some strong performances in the last MTB World Cup in La Bresse two weeks ago, Ferrand-Prévot says she’s ready for the MTB grand finale of 2018.
“I’m feeling really good. I arrived here to Lenzerheide on Sunday. Yesterday was the first training on the course, and it’s identical to the world cup course last year in Lenzerheide. I like it! It’s a fun lap to ride and with the rain it’s slippery so that will add another dimension to the race,” said Ferrand-Prévot.
The Frenchwoman claimed a bronze medal at last year’s MTB World Championships in Cairns as her 2017 comeback season went from strength to strength. In 2018 however Ferrand-Prévot has consistently been in good form, collecting several world cup podiums from the start to the finish of the season.
The number four ranked rider in the world, refuses to put any undue pressure on herself.
“I don’t feel any pressure. I had a good race two weeks ago in La Bresse but I didn’t feel super good. I am feeling better now and know that I can expect more from myself here at the World Championships. I know that I have prepared really well. The team relay today will be a good test for Saturday’s race,” commented Ferrand-Prévot.