After an absolutely perfect race, at the age of 27, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot won her second title of MTB World Champion on Saturday in Mont-Saint-Anne (Canada). Yet part third, after its lack of results because of injuries in recent seasons, the Champenoise has made an impressive comeback to win alone. A show of force that marks his final return to the summit, after three years of suffering.
20th after the first round, the six-time champion of France was third three laps later. She then caught up with Switzerland's World Cup leader Jolanda Neff, then nibbled on Australia's Rebecca McConnell. Aerial, she reached his end shortly before the end of the fourth lap before instantly placing a violent attack.
43 seconds in advance!
She only had to maintain her lead. The Champenoise did better than that, constantly increasing the gap with her pursuers to cross the line with 43 seconds ahead of Neff and more than a minute on McConnell.
Her operation of iliac endofibrosis, in January, seems far behind her. Get rid of her pain, who "Made everyone cry every other day", the Frenchwoman had signed her return with her World Cup victory at Val di Sole in early August. She has just confirmed in the most important race of the season and seems to have regained her legs of 2015, the year of her historic trebled world road – MTB – cross country. Her physical glitches gone, she can now dream big for the Tokyo Games.