Who is Ineos Grenadiers’ first female rider?

Cycling team Ineos Grenadiers have signed French multi-discipline bicycle racer Pauline Ferrand-Prévot for the 2023 season.

Ferrand-Prévot is the first female rider to ever be signed by the team as general manager Dave Brailsford seeks to diversify from their roots in road cycling.

The 30-year-old is a multiple-time world champion, having won eight mountain bike world titles and three cyclo-cross National Championships.

Who has Ineos Grenadiers?

Ineos Grenadiers have a British cycling team that competes at the UCI WorldTeam level.

Managed by Brailsford, the team was launched in 2010 and formerly known as Team Sky up until 2019.

Brailsford initially wanted to win the Tour de France with a British driver within five years and did so after just two, when Bradley Wiggins stormed to victory.

Fellow Brit, Chris Froome, then went on to win the race four times between 2013 and 2017.

Following Sky’s decision not to renew sponsorship in 2019, the team secured support from British chemicals group Ineos and became Team Ineos.

The team was then re-branded to Ineos Grenadiers to reflect the company’s new off-road vehicle, the Ineos Grenadier.

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 22: Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling celebrates after receiving the maillot jaune on the podium and winning the general classification after the twentieth and final stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysees on July 22, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Who is Pauline Ferrand-Prévot?

Ferrand-Prévot is an elite world and national champion across the various different disciplines in which she competes.

She won the road world title in 2014, the cyclo-cross world championship in 2015 and only last week finished first at the Gravel World Championships.

In 2015, aged only 23, she became the first person ever to hold the road world title, world cyclo-cross and world cross-country mountain bike titles simultaneously.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 20: Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France competes during the cycling Mountain Bike – Women’s Cross-country competition on day 10 of the European Championships Munich 2022 at Olympiapark on August 20, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Ferrand-Prévot was also the youngest competitor in the Women’s road race at the 2012 London Olympics, where she finished eighth.

Hailing from a cycling family, Ferrand-Prévot’s uncle was 1994 cross-country mountain bike champion Ludovic Dubau.

What did Ferrand-Prévot say?

“Signing with the Ineos Grenadiers is a dream for me,” Ferrand-Prévot said.

“To have the 2024 Olympics in Paris is huge. I want to be the best rider I can be in front of a home crowd and that will be my main goal over the next two years.”

She added: “An Olympic gold medal is the only one missing from my palmarés so it’s the one I want the most. It was a key reason to join this adventure with the Ineos Grenadiers. I still have a lot of things to learn and it is the best team to help me reach my goal.”

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