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France Announces Olympic Team for Paris 2024

Jun 5, 2024 at 10:18
by Sarah Moore  

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Loana Lecomte, Victor Koretzky, and Jordan Sarrou will officially be racing on home soil July 28 and July 29 at the Paris Olympics.

On the women's side, it was clear that Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Loana Lecomte would get to represent their country at the Olympics again after finishing first and second at the World Championships last year along with multiple World Cup podiums apiece.

However, the race to make the men's team was much tighter, with Jordan Sarrou, Thomas Griot, Joshua Dubau all making it into the top ten in the 2023 overall standings. Victor Koretzky finished 13th in the overall last year, but came fourth at the World Championships last year and started off the 2024 season with a bang and is currently leading the World Cup overall. Unfortunately, Joshua Dubau injured his elbow in the XCC race in Araxa.

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot announced that 2024 will be her last season racing mountain bikes after Nove Mesto and so we look forward to seeing if she can finally add an elusive Olympic medal to her extensive collection before exiting the sport.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot looking to make it 2 from 2 this week.

Loana Lecomte looked as if she was about to run away with the whole thing. She put the hurt in early and separated herself from the field on the first lap before being caught in the later laps.

Victor Koretzky takes home 4th so close yet so far to those coveted medal positions.

Nino Schurter was able to pass both Sarrou and Hatherly on the long climb to take the head of the race.

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  • 36 0
 The pressure on Pauline must be quite intense. Last chance to win, in her home country and probably more than a year of dedicated training just for this one event. If she doesn't get Gold she is going to be a bit miffed.
  • 17 2
 It would br a great moment for her, and the French fans, if she wins. I gotta cheer for Puck though. That kid makes it look fun.
  • 10 1
 She's only 32, it's only her last chance to win if she really hangs it up after this. Gunn Rita and Sabine Spitz were winning high-level races well into their 40s.

No doubt she's feeling pressure, though.

It's probably Loana Lecomte's only chance to win gold on home soil too – can't imagine the summer Olympics will return to France in 2036 or 2040, but it's possible!
  • 11 52
flag packfill (Jun 5, 2024 at 11:27) (Below Threshold)
 @tacopop: Puck chose to race on the road instead of the first world cups. I'll be cheering for the actual mountain bike racers out there, specifically Batten and Blunk.
  • 29 1
 @packfill: gasp! somebody rode a different style of bike?!
  • 6 31
flag packfill (Jun 5, 2024 at 11:42) (Below Threshold)
 @kitagawasan: Ride whatever you want. I'll be cheering for the people who are dedicated to promoting mountain bike racing.
  • 2 0
 On the road, Mark Cavendish screwed up his big moment in the London 2012 Olympics, hopefully she won't!
  • 3 0
 @NoahColorado: The longevity of some of the women of recent years to quite impressive. Catharine Pendrel and others also come to mind. But I think the sport has turned a new leaf with this recent crop of young stars and maintaining your spot at sharp end will get harder and harder.
  • 3 0
 @tacopop: My heart is with Pauline, but you are totally right in saying that Puck makes it look fun. What enthusiasm and great spirit.
  • 8 15
flag MarkJ70 (Jun 5, 2024 at 17:55) (Below Threshold)
 Very surprised at all the negative votes for comments supporting racers who support mountain biking over ones who choose to hurt the sport by skipping world cups races. I suspect that either Pauline or Puck will win the gold and Tom P will win the men’s, but I refuse to be happy about these part time mountain racers dominating the sport and would certainly be happy to see someone that shows up for the full World Cup season win the Olympics.
  • 2 0
 @MarkJ70: XC’est la vie
  • 1 0
 The pressure on Pauline was also massive in previous Olympic years. She is used to the pressure, but also sadly is likely used to the disappointment.

In 2011 she was 5th at the Olympic test event, but at London 2012 she only finished 25.

For 2016 the French built a replica of the Rio course to train on. Pauline recorded a DNF at the actual event.

In 2021 she was the overwhelming favourite. Elbowed her way past Lecomte to the front, took the VdP ramp forcing Neff to drop to flat, then appeared to crash off the side of the course as Neff passed her. She finished 10th.

4th time is the charm?
  • 37 4
 Brendog got robbed...
  • 12 0
 He would have made for an amazing French XC racer.
  • 11 8
 Pauline Ferrand-Prévot....weird....i wouldn't have guess that. I hope France knows what it's doing with that choice. A little off the wall.
  • 16 25
flag danstonQ (Jun 5, 2024 at 13:40) (Below Threshold)
 D.Trump....weird....i wouldn't have guess that (albeit...). I hope the US know what they're doing with that choice. A little off the WALL.

Sorry for the off topic parallel but my fingers were burning...

Cheers anyway!
  • 4 16
flag AndrewFleming (Jun 5, 2024 at 13:43) (Below Threshold)
Do you speak German? You're welcome.
  • 11 6
 @danstonQ: Nah, a little too far off base. My sarcastic comment was fun and cheeky, yours was just sad and depressing. Take your minus 1 star.
  • 7 0
 @AndrewFleming: hier spricht niemand deutsch
  • 3 13
flag danstonQ (Jun 5, 2024 at 13:53) (Below Threshold)
 @zepper: work out your 1st degree "sense of humor" buddy... and think; yes THINK Smile
  • 8 10
 @danstonQ: I'm sorry i don't really understand what your broken English is trying to convey. My comment was sarcastic; PFP is the most dominant womens rider right now, shes awesome and the obvious choice. I don't think you sarcasm or internet very well. Yep i just used those as verbs. You're welcome!
  • 8 20
flag Dtower92 (Jun 5, 2024 at 14:03) (Below Threshold)
 @zepper: You have to give the French a break. They aren't working with the same number of brain cells as the rest of us. And they would all be speaking German if it wasn't for us flying over there and saving their sorry butts.
  • 9 1
 @Dtower92: i like bikes more but like history too it’s crazy way things change, way it divides and the alliances forgotten, did the french not help america batter the british and gain independence, battle of yorktown, treaty of paris, shared revolutionary spirit, rights of man, constitution, statue of liberty and all that. if it wasn’t for the frenchies you could have been like us scots, with our own declaration of independence way back that didn’t work out!
  • 13 0
 @bazmundo: Virtually no Americans know that it was the French navy blockading Yorktown that forced Cornwallis to surrender to Washington at Yorktown. It doesn't fit well into our national myth.
  • 1 4
 @davidgilbert28: Sheeeesh, a little historic humor and I get all the downvotes!
  • 4 0
 Pretty solid team!
  • 6 5
 This is the summer equivalent of cross country skiing. We need the summer equivalent of downhill skiing (which is far and away the most exciting winter olympic event).
  • 5 5
 What about ice hockey? The Canada win over USA at the Vancouver Olympics is a core memory for every single Canadian, every single one can tell you where they were watching.
  • 7 1
 @theconorcons: In the meantime, we’re down here like, “What’s hockey?”
  • 4 0
 @theconorcons: nope. No memories. I ride bikes all year round.
  • 3 0
 Was hoping for a Francois Gachet come back
  • 2 1
 VK was also a no brainer..
  • 1 0
 Zut Alors Delors!
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