Was that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton on a bike? Some people had to do a double take when they saw France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prévot race Sunday at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Of course, it wasn’t the British royal, who is rumored to be pregnant, they saw, but her French doppelganger.
Even though their faces appear quite similar, there is a 10-year age gap between the princess and cyclist. While Middleton is 34, Ferrand-Prévot is 24. As People Magazine elegantly described, both women have “lynx-like eyes perched regally above perfect smiles from pristine teeth.” Or, in other words, they have similar facial features.
The main difference between the two women, other than their age gap and royal status, is their hair. While Middleton is a famous brunette, Ferrand-Prévot rocks dirty-blonde locks.
The French cyclist used a strange technique to compete Sunday. To help with pain management, she had Botox injected to treat an injury in her hip, Cycling Weekly wrote Friday. “I have no more pain,” Ferrand-Prévot told L’Equipe. “With an injection, you cannot ride for three days, you cannot race for ten days. [Botox] is not prohibited and the next day, you can train.” She added: “After injection of botulinum toxin, I felt it was much better.”
The cyclist, who has more than 126,000 Instagram followers, was disappointed with her performance Sunday. She came in 26th place, but vowed to attend the next Olympic Games. “Disappointed,” she wrote Monday. “See you in 4 years.”
Middleton didn’t attend the Olympics in Rio, perhaps because she is constantly rumored to be pregnant and fears over the Zika virus, which is easily transmitted to newborns. One rumor even claims that Prince William’s wife is expecting twins.
“Kate and [Prince] William were totally shocked when they found out,” a source told Life&Style in April, according to Hollywood Life. “They couldn’t speak at first and then both burst out laughing and crying. When Kate gives birth later this year, they are going to have their hands full!” The insider added: “The babies will be very unique because no mother of the future British monarch has given birth to twins since the 15th century.”
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