Former road race world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot leaves Rabo-Liv to sign for Canyon-SRAM

Former world road race champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot has signed for Canyon-SRAM for the 2017 season, leaving Rabo-Liv after five seasons.

The 24-year-old has been restricted to just nine race days this season because of ongoing injury and illness. A stress fracture, allergies and sciatica all kept her from racing and training through the season, with the Frenchwoman saying she fell out of love with cycling at one point.

Ferrand-Prevot joins Anna van der Breggen in leaving Rabo-Liv, which will rebrand to Fortitude Pro Cycling next year, with the Dutchwoman joining Boels-Dolmans.

Ferrand-Prévot said: “After five great years spent with the best riders in the world I’m glad to announce I’ll be riding for Canyon/SRAM Racing next year. Thank you to Canyon and the team for giving me the opportunity to join a super talented and strong line-up, and believing in me for the coming years.”

Canyon/SRAM team manager Ronny Lauke said, “We are happy to welcome such a young but already proven athlete to our modern program. Pauline obviously has a lot of potential, and we believe with our international roster and our approach to the sport, that she can develop further. With her abilities to race in all areas Pauline has created a unique career already and it will bolster our already high quality in the team, especially in the mountains.”