Francois Pervis has the words ‘World Record’ printed on the chainring of his Look track bike, just underneath his unmatched times in the kilometre and 200m, but the Frenchman was far from an intimidating presence at the UCI Track World Championships in London last week.
Pervis, the reigning world champion in the kilo and the keirin, left London empty-handed, exiting the individual sprint and the keirin in the first round.
“No medal – it’s been a while. Normally these last three years I’ve had a world champion’s jersey, and now nothing at all. I’m disappointed, very disappointed,” he told Cyclingnews on Sunday.
“But I surprised myself a bit because before this my physical condition wasn’t good. I hadn’t had good sensations, no good time trial in training, so my results here are logical.”
Why the lack of physical condition? Pervis points to the after-effects of a heavy winter workload in the gym and in training, but he also revealed that problems in his personal life are holding him back.
“That’s two years now that I’ve had problems. It’s still not resolved – it’s taking time. That wears me down on a day-to-day basis.
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