Christine Majerus won her first race of the year in Petange, Luxembourg on Sunday. The Luxembourgish champion soloed across the finish line to give Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team its first victory of the season on the first day of 2017.
“It’s not the biggest field at home, but it was good training on a hard lap,” said Majerus. “With another race tomorrow, it will be the perfect workout weekend.”
Racing on an undulating course, Majerus divided the lap into two parts.
“I did full on the up and took it easy on the down,” she said. “It was all frozen, and I didn’t want to take too many risks downhill.”
Majerus heads to Switzerland on Monday to race EKZ CrossTour in Meilen.
“It’s always cool to win at home,” Majerus said. “I hope today was a good ‘deblocage’ for tomorrow, which should be slightly harder.”
While Majerus faced a small field in Luxembourg, Nikki Brammeier lined up against a stacked field in Baal, Belgium for GP Sven Nys where she finished in seventh place.
“It’s been a full-on few weeks getting back into racing,” said Brammeier. “I felt tired today, and I don’t expect form at the moment. My goal right now it to make the most of each race as it comes.”
Brammeier had quick start and slotted into fourth wheel as the race transitioned off the pavement.
“My start was good, but I lost a few seconds here and there every lap,” Brammeier noted. “Eventually I ended up on my own in time trial mode. In the end, I was just off the back of the group fighting for third place.”