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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot lands the hat trick in Val di Sole

On Sunday of the WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series in Val di Sole it is not only the sun that shines in the Daolasa di Commezzadura race field but also the brightest star on the women's mountain bike scene: Pauline Ferrand-Prèvot.

World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prèvot celebrates at the finish line in Val di Sole (Credits: Daniele Molineris)

The World Champion had no rivals, finding her third success in Trentino, the previous ones dating back to 2019 and 2022. After a first lap which saw her gain an advantage together with Pieterse and Lecomte, the INEOS Grenadiers rider took off in the second round with a burning progression that left no way out for the competition.

Source: press release

The public on special occasions accompanied the triumph of Nino Schurter (Credits: Giacomo Podetti)

Behind the transalpine, Puck Pieterse (Alpecin Deceuninck) tried to oppose with a very expensive race conduct, but the Dutchman, winner of the Short Track on Friday and the Cross Country a year ago, she never really worried her rival. For the 22-year-old from Amersfoort, the satisfaction of a second position 50" from Ferrand-Prèvot's iris and the knowledge that at the Paris Olympic Games she will be one of the few athletes capable of competing for the gold medal.

“It wasn't an easy day – declared Ferrand-Prèvot. – After three intense days of training I felt a little tired but I managed to take the lead in the race and run at the front. I just had to focus on my pace, go as fast as I could. In each race I try to understand my form compared to my rivals ahead of the Olympics: the journey is still long, but I can't wait for Paris to arrive.”

Regional Councilor Carlo Daldoss awarded the Elite Women athletes in Daolasa di Commezzadura (Credits: Michele Mondini)

After the announced Ferrand Prèvot-Pieterse one-two, the Daolasa audience was able to applaud the surprise of the day, the South African Candice Lill, a regular athlete but capable of finding a sharp breakthrough in Val di Sole and the first top-3 of the season WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series. Loana Lecomte (Canyon CLLCTV) and the American Savilia Blunk (Decathlon) completed the top-5.

After a brilliant start, Chiara Teocchi (Orbea Factory) finished 18th as the best of the Italians. Even further away was Martina Berta (Santa Cruz-Rockshox), slowed down in the starting phases by a fall in front of her, Giada Specia (Wilier-Vittoria), 23rd and 25th respectively.

FEMALE ELITE RANKING

1.FERRAND PREVOT Pauline (INEOS GRENADIERS)1:21:04
2.* PIETERSE Puck (ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK)1:21:54
+50
3.LILL Candice1:22:17
+ 1: 13
4.LECOMTE Loana (CANYON CLLCTV XCO)1:22:43
+ 1: 39
5.BLUNK Savilia (DECATHLON FORD RACING TEAM)1:22:54
+ 1: 50
6.STIGGER Laura (SPECIALIZED FACTORY RACING)1:23:28
+ 2: 24
7.* MITTERWALLNER Mona (CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING)1:24:19
+ 3: 15
8.BATTEN Haley (SPECIALIZED FACTORY RACING)1:24:35
+ 3: 31
9.Risveds Jenny (TEAM 31 IBIS CYCLES CONTINENTAL)1:24:36
+ 3: 32
10.KELLER Alexandra (THOMUS MAXON)1:25:07
+ 4: 03
COMPLETE RANKING
GENERAL WORLD CUP


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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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