Pauline Ferrand-Prévot wins inaugural women's Gravel World Championships

The Frenchwoman came good on her favourite tag to win gravel racing's first ever UCI-sanctioned World Championships

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
(Image credit: Getty)

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot became the first ever winner of the women's Gravel World Championships on Saturday, the Frenchwoman winning a two-up sprint finish in the Italian city of Cittadella.

Ferrand-Prévot, who had been backed by many to win the event, was ever-present throughout the day's 140km of racing, first infiltrating a large group and then heading a smaller, five-rider group for the last two hours.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.