Pauline Ferrand-Prévot competes in the cross-country mountain biking event at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Biography, palmares, couple with Julien Absalon, find everything you need to know about the Frenchwoman before these 2021 Olympics and the date of her race.

29-year-old Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is tackling the Olympic challenge again, five years after the disappointment of Rio. In Brazil, the French champion, as comfortable on the road as in the mountain bike, had not been able to choose and had aligned herself in the two competitions despite a preparation thwarted by a double fracture of the tibial plateau then by sciatica and a change of trainer. 26th on the road, “PFP” as it is nicknamed, had given up on mountain biking, a bitter failure in the hitherto golden career of the native of the Marne. This time, Ferrand-Prévot has decided and it is in mountain biking that she will aim for the only title missing from her record, the Olympic Grail. Biography, achievements, salary but also family life, find out everything you need to know about “PFP”.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is only engaged in a competition at the Tokyo Olympics, cross-country mountain biking. The competition is scheduled for Tuesday July 27 at the Izu Olympic site. The departure must take place at 8 am French time. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will notably have as a competitor another Frenchwoman, Loana Lecomte, world champion hopes in 2020 and winner of four World Cup rounds this year, which she herself places as the legitimate favorite of the competition.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot was born in Reims (Marne) on February 10, 1992. Coming from a family of cyclists, she began however with figure skating from an early age but quickly asked to ride a bicycle, at the age of 5 years, despite the reluctance of his mother who nevertheless ran a cycling school. A revelation. At 12, “PFP” won the French junior-junior championship and launched her career. It integrates the various French teams in the youth categories. After a successful stint in the juniors, with four titles of champion of France and a title of world champion on the road, but also two world titles in mountain biking, the Frenchwoman turned professional in 2011, at the age of 19.

Under contract with Rabobank, she qualified for the London Olympics but finished only 26th in the cross-country event. The apprenticeship is tough for two years, despite two titles of champion of France against the clock. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot turned a corner in 2014 and had an extraordinary season. Crowned champion on the road, in mountain biking and in cyclo-cross that year, she is the first cyclist in history, men and women alike, to simultaneously hold a world title in the three disciplines, while gleaning championships in France. on road and cross-country.

On the other hand, his 2016 season was marked by numerous injuries which prevented him from regaining his level. Despite her state of form, she was selected to represent France at the Olympics, both in mountain biking and on the road, but experienced a further disappointment. She finished 26th in the road race and gave up mountain biking before ending her season. “PFP” then experienced two difficult seasons in 2017 and 2018, despite three new French cross-country and mountain bike titles. At the end of 2018, she announced that she had undergone examinations that revealed a blood pressure problem in her left leg and finally had the operation in January 2019. She decided to temporarily stop road racing to return to the highest level and was crowned champion of the MTB world in 2019 and 2020. Unlike 2016, it will therefore only compete in the MTB event at the Olympics to maximize its chances of victory, after two disappointments during the previous Olympics.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot’s record is as long as the arm. On the road, she won a world championship in 2014 and two French championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as three French time trial championship titles (2012, 2013 and 2014). In mountain biking, the Frenchwoman has 3 world championship titles (2014, 2019 and 2020) and was French champion six times between 2014 and 2019. Finally, in cyclo-cross, she was 3 times French champion (2014 , 2015 and 2018) and once world champion (2014). In 2015, “PFP” therefore became at the age of 23 the first cyclist in history, men and women alike, to simultaneously hold a world title in all three disciplines. In terms of distinctions, she was elected champion of the French champions by the newspaper L’Équipe three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2020.

Multiple champion of France and the world, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is however far from earning the same salary as her male counterparts, whose emoluments can amount to millions of euros. But the Frenchwoman has been professional since 2012 and recently joined the team of her companion, Julien Absalon, Team Absolute Absalon BMC. A chance, while according to the Alliance des cyclistes, 25% of the female peloton was not paid in 2020. Only 12% received more than 60,000 euros per year.

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot shared the life of another French champion who was in search of a first Olympic title in Tokyo, the triathlon specialist Vincent Luis (13th in the individual triathlon Monday July 26). The two athletes were together between 2012 and 2015 before separating a few months before the Olympic Games in Rio. A separation which then made a lot of talk, especially after the failures of the two athletes in Rio. “People didn’t know it but it’s been a while since we had different roads. Even though I had two or three days less like everyone else, I moved on to stay focused on my goal, which perhaps also cost me my marriage “, then explained Vincent Luis to the Parisian just before the 2016 Olympics, while Pauline Ferrand-Prévot formalized her new life and her new relationship with Julien Absalon.

Since 2016, his companion has been called Julien Absalon, double Olympic mountain biking champion in 2004 and 2008 and who retired shortly after the Rio Olympics in 2016. “I have personal information to formalize. ‘it will be published in L’Équipe, I won’t talk about it any more. I am in a relationship with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. We have recently been living together, we have settled in Fréjus, “Julien Absalon had formalized in the spring of 2016.” If I do. came down, it’s not because of Julien (they weren’t together at the time). I was injured (fracture in the tibial plateau), I needed a change of air. Reims, I couldn’t take it anymore “I missed my parents, they have been in the South for two years. Here, the training conditions are optimal. I have no more excuses,” explained Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. Despite the criticisms and the sporting failure of Rio, the two cyclists are still together and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot finally joined the team ridden by Julien Absalon after his retirement in 2018. “” He knows what is good for me and he gives me a lot of discretion, explained Pauline Ferrand-Prévot in December 2020 in an interview with L’Equipe. “He has made his way and what interests him is helping me, not putting himself forward. If he wants to accompany me on a course or on a race, he does so, sometimes with his campsite. -because. Between us, it’s fluid, natural. “

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is part of a large family of cyclists, since her father ran a cycle store in Reims and several members of his family run, at different levels. Her uncle Ludovic Dubau was notably French cross-country champion in 1994. Aged 29, “PFP” has not had children so far in her life.

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