Clean slate, new team for struggling Ferrand-Prévot
Multi-discipline world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot has signed a four-year deal with German team Canyon – SRAM, leaving her longtime home of Rabo – Liv as it morphs into Fortitude Pro Cycling.
It will be a fresh start for the French star after she struggled throughout the 2016 season, failing to win a single race. The dearth of results was amplified by its proximity to her incredible 2014 and 2015 seasons, when she held rainbow jerseys in four separate disciplines.
“After five great years spent with the best riders in the world I’m glad to announce I’ll be riding for CANYON//SRAM Racing next year,” Ferrand-Prévot said. “Thank you to Canyon and the team for giving me the opportunity to join a super talented and strong lineup, and believing in me for the coming years.”
It will be the first team change since Ferrand-Prévot, 24, turned professional. She first signed for Rabo – Liv in 2012 and was with the team throughout her multi-discipline dominance.
Canyon – SRAM was created from the ashes of Kristy Scrymgeour’s Velocio – SRAM program for the 2015 season. Team manager Ronny Lauke took over the license and pulled in Canyon and Rapha as major sponsors.
“We are happy to welcome such a young but already proven athlete to our modern program,” Lauke said. “Pauline obviously has a lot of potential, and we believe with our international roster and our approach to the sport, that she can develop further.
“With her abilities to race in all areas Pauline has created a unique career already and it will bolster our already high quality in the team, especially in the mountains.”