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Tokyo Olympics: big slap in the face for France in mountain biking, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Loana Lecomte miss the podium


Favorites of the discipline, the two mountain bikers failed to win a medal on Tuesday on the Izu course.

It's a big setback for France in these Tokyo Olympics.

Her two very strong medal chances on mountain biking, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Loana Lecomte, finished off the podium in a race marked by a treble from Switzerland and the title from Jolanda Neff.

Arriving in Japan with the label of big favorite after his four victories in as many World Cup rounds this season, Lecomte, 21, took sixth place on the demanding course of Izu, soaked by an impressive downpour in end of the mornng.

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The 21-year-old mountain biker was notably the victim of a mechanical problem in the second loop of the course before giving everything to try to get back on the leading trio, in vain.

"PFP", double world champion in the discipline and already unhappy at the Rio Games, was the victim of a fall in the first round.

The Frenchwoman then let go in the race for the bronze medal, finishing in tenth place.

The French mountain biking team leaves Japan with zero medals.

On Monday, in the men's race won by Briton Tom Pidcock, Victor Koretzky and world champion Jordan Sarrou finished fifth and ninth respectively.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-07-27

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