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Watch: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot crashes out of cyclocross World Cup

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Jolanda Neff crash out of cyclocross World Cup putting World Championships chances in jeopardy

Joe Robinson
29 Jan 2018

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Jolanda Neff spectacularly crashed out of the Hoogerheide cyclocross World Cup race over the weekend just a week before the World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands.

The riders collided while negotiating a tricky descent on the Hoogerheide course in the Netherlands, with both abandoning the race due to the crash.

The riders crashed while trying to bridge the gap to eventual race winner Sanne Cant and runner-up Eva Lechner. Brit Evie Richards luckily managed to avoid the crash, entering the descent only moments before the two ill-fated riders.

Ferrand-Prevot had to be stretchered from the course before being taken to hospital . A team press release confirmed that the former World Champion had been discharged with no significant injuries later that day.

Neff announced today that she unfortunately broke both her left collarbone and right elbow in the crash, ending her 2018 season.

Ferrand-Prevot experienced no serious injuries, such a hard crash so close to the World Championships will be worrying for her as she will have fancied her chances at taking the rainbow jersey.

Ferrand-Prevot managed to take three World titles on the road, in cyclocross and mountain biking in 2015 before taking a two year sabbatical from cyclocross due to persistent illness and injury.

In her return to the sport this season, the Frenchwoman has returned to her near-best proving competitive in multiple World Cup meets. However this most recent setback may see her chances of regaining the World title slip from her grasp.

Ferrand-Prevot is scheduled to ride the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands on Saturday 3rd February.