We anticipated a fireworks show in the French clan, Tuesday July 27, with the reigning world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and the chief of the World Cup, Loana Lecomte. Two simple medal probabilities in the cross-nation mountain biking occasion at the Tokyo Olympics.
However nicely began, the two tricolor cyclists skilled various fortunes on the demanding course of Izu. Lecomte completed sixth (at 2’57 “) while Ferrand-Prévot cracked (10th, at 4’32”) and should anticipate Paris 2024 to win a primary Olympic medal.
The Habs couldn’t do something towards the domination of the Swiss Jolanda Neff, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand, who signed a historic treble in the self-discipline. For French mountain biking, after the males’s race with out a medal on Monday, it is a new disillusionment.
twenty sixth in London in 2012, compelled to retire in Rio in 2016, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot had excessive hopes in her third Olympic try. By placing apart street racing to give attention to cross-nation, the Rémoise had just one purpose: to shine in Tokyo. World champion in Leogang, Austria, in 2020, the indicators have been inexperienced to see “PFP” go for a medal this summer time. Unfortunately, issues didn’t go as deliberate.
However, from the begin of her race, she received off to a superb begin by taking the wheel of Jolanda Neff – the proper wheel this Tuesday – the Frenchwoman instantly confirmed her ambitions. But the first quack intervened from the eleventh minute of the race. The French bicycle owner made a mistake on a slippery climb and misplaced her mountain bike, it slipping beneath. A tough blow that price him about thirty seconds. She won’t ever see her Swiss rival once more.
In a burst of satisfaction, “PFP” managed to hold up on his opponents for the podium. But the third lap (out of 5) of the Izu route, made muddy and perilous by unfavorable climate circumstances, was deadly. In bodily problem, the Frenchwoman gave up all her hopes. To the thoughts, the 29-yr-previous champion managed to grab a prime 10 in the dash, his greatest place in an Olympic race. But far, distant from his hopes …
The second French entered, Loana Lecomte, additionally had a superb card to play on Tuesday. Leader of the Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Cup with 5 victories since September (together with 4 in 4 races in 2021), Loana Lecomte was a little bit of a scarecrow in Tokyo. But the 21-yr-previous bicycle owner struggled to go the distance towards the Swiss demonstration.
Penalized by a sequence leap at the finish of the first lap, which price her valuable seconds, the Haut-Savoyarde tried to remain afloat. On the verge of tears after her mechanical incident, she managed to grab a sixth place closing. Not essentially the one she was aiming for, however for her first Games, Loana Lecomte set a date for Paris 2024, as she confided to our microphone after her race.
“A top 10 for my first Games, it’s great. I did with the form of the day. I’m happy to be here and to have finished. It’s a dream to participate in the Games, it’s exceptional to be able to run despite the pandemic. I am happy with my race and have no regrets. I will gain experience, I hope that I will improve. “
Outsiders in Izu, the Swiss gave an actual demonstration on Tuesday. Sixth in Rio however world champion in 2017, Jolanda Neff, three-time winner of the Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup (2014, 2015, 2018) did the good race. In the lead from the first hectometers, she put her opponents to demise with massive seconds to turn into the first Swiss Olympic champion in the self-discipline.
Behind, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand, eighth in Rio, fought an important battle for the silver medal. It is lastly the first who climbed on the second step of the podium. But the important was elsewhere with an unprecedented treble in the historical past of cross-nation mountain biking at the Olympic Games. A serious efficiency for Switzerland, and a full field that may do good for the medal rating.