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Ferrand-Prévot: I wasn’t the strongest, but I was clever

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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) on the podium

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) on the podium
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France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot secures the gold medal at the World Championships

France's Pauline Ferrand-Prevot secures the gold medal at the World Championships
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Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the sprint after a photo finish

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) wins the sprint after a photo finish
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The French national team on the podium

The French national team on the podium
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At the top of the climb of Mirador in the elite women's road race at the World Championships, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot’s chances of landing the rainbow jersey seemed to have evaporated. A four-woman group featuring Marianne Vos had just powered clear over the summit, and in World Championships past, that has tended to be that.