Pauline stormed to third place in yesterday’s penultimate 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Nommay, France. Pauline claimed her first world cup podium for the season when she raced through the peloton on a tough circuit, finishing 1 minute 20 seconds behind winner Katie Compton.
“It was a muddy, old school track,” said Ferrand-Prévot after the race. “You needed a lot of power to get through the mud and you had to run quite a lot on that course.”
Ferrand-Prévot, who’s been forced to start near the back of the grid all season, was again faced with the challenge of getting through the 56-rider peloton. “I didn’t have the best start, I was quite far away. But I didn’t panic. I just kept pushing and fighting right from the start. Lap by lap I felt better. In the end I could gain some positions and I’m happy to get third, especially because it’s a world cup podium. We’re also in France and it’s always special to finish on the podium here.”
The Frenchwoman jumped eight places on the UCI world ranking after her third place yesterday, and will next race the Hoogerheide World Cup in The Netherlands on Sunday 28 January.