Pauline Ferrand-Prevot showed fantastic grit and determination on her race debut for the INEOS Grenadiers at Koppenbergcross.
The Frenchwoman had to battle back from a series of mechanical issues which caused her to lose time on the tough and unforgiving course. Dropping out of seventh place on the final lap, she eventually ran across the line in 12th place.
Despite not taking the early result she wanted, the current four-time world champion in off-road disciplines was encouraged by her form ahead of Sunday's European Championships.
"I felt in good shape. I had some mechanical issues but felt fine, so that's a good omen."