Raining rainbows for Pauline in MTB Marathon
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot won her second rainbow jersey in less than a month after winning the Women Elite MTB Marathon World Championship today in Grächen, Switzerland. The French rider stormed around the 70km course in just over 3 hours 57 minutes, to finish 1:53 ahead of Blaza Pintaric (SLO) and 2:40 ahead of Robyn De Groot (RSA).
Pauline won the Women Elite XCO World Championship in Mont-Saint-Anne three weeks ago, and soon followed with the final round XCO World Cup in Snowshoe. After returning to Europe, Pauline made a decision to compete at the MTB Marathon World Championships, in order to continue racing ahead of the MTB Tokyo Olympic Test early October. A decision, that paid off!
“It was really fast and hard at the start. I decided that I want to pass and get to the front for the first downhill because I knew that I could be a bit faster than the others and I wanted to be able to choose my own lines,” said Pauline.
“After this downhill, the gap was between 30 seconds and 1 minute. I wasn’t sure how I could manage my first Marathon race, with the nutrition and drinking enough and to manage everything with my mechanic. It was a long race, and it was super hard! I just gave everything and I’m so happy I could make it. I really feel good in myself and I’m just enjoying being able to race at my full strength.”
While Pauline raced the MTB Marathon World Championships, the Road World Championships started today in Yorkshire, UK. Elena Cecchini riding for Italy and Lisa Klein riding for Germany were the two CANYON//SRAM Racing riders who raced today in the new format Mixed Team Time Trial Relay. Germany took the silver medal giving while Italy finished fourth. The next race will be the Individual Time Trial on Tuesday 24 September with the following CANYON//SRAM Razing riders racing:
Alice Barnes (GBR)
Alena Amialiusik (BLR)
Lisa Klein (GER)
Rotem Gafinovitz and Omer Shapira (ISR)