Christine Majerus always does well in Otegem and this year is no exception. Despite a tiring couple of weeks and having been close to illness at times, she finished second in the international cross race in Otegem, Belgium, on Monday. The race was won by world champion Sanne Cant.
“Getting beaten by Sanne isn’t a shame and I think I did more than just riding behind her,” Majerus said. “So I can be satisfied with this result.”
Majerus was back in red, white and blue after racing in the orange Boels-Dolmans outfit at the national cyclocross championships last Saturday. In Kayl, Luxembourg, she earned her ninth national ‘cross title and 28th national title overall. With a fresh new ‘cross title to her name, Majerus honoured the champs jersey with her second-place finish.
“It’s a race I like,” she said. “I podiumed here every time in the last three years and I even won this race last year.”
Otegem was the first international race after a block of local and smaller UCI races for Majerus. Her second place finish is an excellent result, although the race was far from perfect. “I kind of fell in the warming up,” Majerus explained. “But I had good legs, so I thought I would risk an aggressive race. Then I didn’t have a good start, but by the end of the road I had already made up my mistake and I just kept going.”
“The weather was bad, a lot of wind as well, but that played in my favour as it made the lap slippery and more technical,” Majerus concluded. “It was a good test at international level after the smaller races, so I hope it’s a good sign for the upcoming World Cups. I’m getting some rest now and see how it’s going to feel.”