In an interview along with her Ineos Grenadiers teammate Geraint Thomas as a part of his podcast The Geraint Thomas Biking Membership [GTCC], the multi-discipline international champion additionally mentioned that she sooner or later was hoping to compete on the Excursion de France Femmes.
“I do pass over it, particularly now that we have got a Excursion de France for ladies,” Ferrand-Prévot mentioned within the 54-minute podcast.
“I want to experience the Excursion de France sooner or later. Presently I am very centered at the Paris Olympics, however why no longer get again to avenue racing subsequent 12 months, or the 12 months after? I would really like that.”
Ferrand-Prévot made historical past within the 2014-2015 season on the age of 23, when she turned into the primary bike owner to concurrently grasp international titles within the 3 disciplines; profitable the elite girls’s avenue race international identify in 2014 Ponferrada, the XCO cross-country international identify in 2015 in Vallnord, and the cyclo-cross international identify in 2015 in Tabor.
Since then, she has gathered a complete of 15 elite international championship titles throughout avenue, cyclocross, mountain motorbike; go nation, quick song and staff relay, and gravel racing. She is these days the reigning short-track and cross-country mountain motorbike international champion, having secured the ones titles on the 2023 UCI International Championships in Glasgow.
She was once the primary lady to signal for Ineos Grenadiers firstly of this season and is a part of the staff’s rising off-road collective racing cyclo-cross, gravel, and mountain motorbike.
On the other hand, questions swirled at the moment she introduced signing with the staff as as to whether Ferrand-Prévot would entertain the speculation of returning to avenue racing sooner or later.
She raced at the avenue for Rabobank from 2012 via 2016 prior to becoming a member of Canyon-SRAM from 2017 throughout the finish of 2020. On the other hand, she hasn’t raced a avenue season, out of doors of competing on the French Street Championships in 2019 and 2021, since 2018.
Ferrand-Prévot mentioned at the moment that the mountain motorbike tournament on the Olympic Video games in Paris was once her major precedence.
“My major objective will probably be to take a look at to be Olympic Champion in Paris in 2024 as a result of it’s the most effective identify I am lacking, so I actually need that one,” she mentioned in an interview in 2022.
“Possibly I can come again to avenue racing, however no longer for at this time, evidently. After I have a look at the Excursion de France and these types of large races, yeah, evidently, I possibly wish to be part of it, however later, and I simply wish to focal point now on my dream. With the Olympics at house, I believe I’ve an excellent chance.”
Ferrand-Prévot reiterated her motivation towards securing a gold medal on the Olympic Video games in her interview with Thomas, having ignored out at the medals within the 3 earlier Olympics.
“Because the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, I’ve been actually taking a look ahead to this tournament in my house nation. It’s also the explanation why I signed with Ineos Grenadiers,” she mentioned.
“I wish to broaden myself even additional and change into the most efficient model of myself within the run-up to the Video games. I’m undoubtedly centered and actually can’t wait till July 28, 2024.
“I used to be at all times a large favorite in London, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, but it surely all turned into an excessive amount of for me. I wasn’t ready for it, however I’m now extra acutely aware of the entirety surrounding it. I will care for the power now.”
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