CyclingNews.com’s Kirsten Frattini spoke with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, the French multi-discipline world champion cyclist, about the five most significant races of her career, and how each changed her life.
Ferrand-Prevot began her stellar career at age 13 when she became the youngest champion ever at the French Minimes Championships in 2005. Five years later she won the 2010 Junior Mountain Bike World Championships (junior women cross country) and Junior Road World Championships (junior women road race).
Her road to success, however, hasn’t always been smooth. She missed a time trial world championship by five seconds. She’s fallen and crashed in races. In early 2019 she had surgery to correct narrow veins in her legs that caused constant pain. Pauline persevered through it all, and is looking ahead to next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“If you want to be a champion you have to train hard” is the quote that appears on her RedBull.com athlete page.