CYCLING – A terrible disappointment for the French runners, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, who fell, and Loana Lecomte. A historic treble for the Swiss, and a first since the discipline joined the Olympic program in 1996.

Jolanda Neff (gold), Sina Frei (silver), and Linda Indergand (bronze) took the entire podium on Monday, July 27 in the women’s cross-country mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics.

🚵♀ 🇨🇭 Jolanda Neff becomes Olympic Cross-Country MTB champion, Sina Frei and Linda Indergand offer Switzerland a historic treble! pic.twitter.com/VTGi3rGciD

Loana Lecomte and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot who finished 6th and 10th respectively, were nevertheless able to count on the message of support from the Minister of Sports. Roxana Maracineanu quickly expressed all her affection to the two French runners.

Sport can be so beautiful, but also so cruel. My loving thoughts to @FERRANDPREVOT and @LoanaLecomte. You gave it your all https://t.co/Kc4Uitl1kJ

At 21, Lecomte had dominated head and shoulders, winning four out of four World Cup rounds this year with flying colors.

Ferrand-Prévot, 29, had prepared these Games as the end of his life, to finally win the only medal still missing from his XXL record.

But Neff was ruthless. The Swiss even did what Lecomte used to do this season on all World Cup rounds: she took the lead alone from the first kilometers, gradually widened the gap until she had a margin relatively comfortable one minute on his pursuers, before managing his lead.

On the technical and difficult circuit of Izu, made even more tricky by the rain which had poured down a few hours before the start, she made no mistakes, where several of her rivals lost time on slips or technical faults.

The 28-year-old Swiss did not take anyone by surprise. She is part of the world elite: world champion in MTB marathon in 2016, then cross-country and relay the following year, she also has four European titles to her credit.

Versatile, she also has a great career on the road, where she won two Swiss championship titles (2015, 2018).

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