Ferrand-Prévot, whilst disappointed to have to end her cyclocross season early, is still incredibly pleased with her 2022 season and is planning to start competing again in mountain bike races in the spring.
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot said: “Obviously I would have loved to compete at the cyclocross World Championships but my leg just hasn’t healed as quickly as we would have thought. So I have taken the decision, along with my coach and the team, to concentrate on recovery so I can come out fit and strong for the start of the mountain bike season in April.”
The last season has been a standout one for Ferrand-Prévot, having secured four world championship titles, three in mountain bike and one in gravel racing, as well as coming on board and being the first female athlete to compete with the INEOS Grenadiers.
Pauline added: “I cannot be disappointed with how this season has gone, to have won four rainbow jerseys is pretty mind blowing when I look back at it. Then joining this Team has been incredible, everyone has really welcomed me in and I already feel at home here. The support I receive from all the staff is pretty special. I’m looking forward to having some downtime and then coming back and seeing what we can do together for the rest of the year.”
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal said: “Pauline can only look back on this last season and be really proud of what she has achieved. She has been such a great addition to the Team and we have all been impressed with her work ethic, attitude and knowledge. It’s now important that she takes some time to heal so she can come back stronger and ready to go all in for 2023.”