Christine Majerus was admittedly less than happy with both her performance and her result at the Telenet UCI World Cup in Zeven, Germany. The Luxembourg champion, who has finished in the top five in her last four races, could only manage 16th place on Saturday.
“There is nothing to be happy about today, but there is nothing to do but accept it,” said Majerus. “I lacked some power today on the straights and after the turns. I don’t know why.”
The new World Cup course was technical, dry and fast. Several riders likened the lap to American-style racing. The top ten riders were all within 20-seconds of World Cup leader Sophie de Boer (Kalas-H.Essers-NNOF), who led the charge across the first passage of the finish line. With one lap down, Majerus was riding in ninth place.
“I struggled with keeping wheels, and I dropped back from lap to lap to lap,” said Majerus. “Nothing special happened. I wasn’t particularly inspired by the design of the course, and it gets worse when you don’t have your best day.”
As Majerus slipped back, Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) took charge of the race. Pan-American Champion Katie Compton (Trek-Pactimo) reached Cant on the penultimate lap, setting the scene for a fierce fight for the win on the final time around the course. Slightly further back, De Boer, Alice Arzuffi (Selle Italia Guerciotti) and world champion Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv) duked it out for third.
Ninety seconds following Cant’s victory celebration, Majerus sprinted to the line alongside Nikola Noskova (Kooperativa Woman Team). The Czech rider bested Majerus for 15th pace.
“I wasn’t going to make her a gift for 15th place,” said Majerus. “I was in front of her the entire race.”
Majerus tentatively plans to race in Luxembourg with her local club on Sunday at the Grand Prix Restaurant Les Espaces Reunions.
“I hope I have more fun tomorrow than I did today,” said Majerus. “I would like to have one good race this weekend.”