Christine Majerus soloed to her eighth straight road title in Remerschen, Luxembourg on Sunday. The win brings Majerus’ national title tally up to a mind-boggling 27 (11 time trial, eight road, eight cross).
“It’s nice to be done with the weekend,” said Majerus. “It’s always a bit stress. Even if there’s not a lot of riders on the start line, a national title is never easy to win. I’m happy it all worked out.”
The Luxembourgish road race consisted of four laps around a 20-kilometre circuit. Elise Maes (WNT) attacked on the first lap.
“She went on the first climb, and I had to go, too,” said Majerus. “I didn’t want to go that early because it was really, really heavy wind at the top of the climb, and I knew it would be hard to be alone with that wind. I planned to wait longer, but when she attacked, I had to follow.”
Maes and Majerus rode together for two laps, steadily building their advantage over the rest of the field. Majerus made her move on lap three.
“I didn’t know if she would be able to follow or not,” noted Majerus. “I wanted to have another chance to attack on lap four if the first attack didn’t work, but it did.
“I did one lap full speed,” she added. “I don’t know if I slowed down in the last lap, but it felt easier. It’s always easier for the mind when you know you have a big gap.”
Whatever her pace in the final 20 kilometres, it was easily to fend off all challenges. She reached the finish line more than three minutes ahead of Maes.
“The race went perfectly,” said Majerus. “My only hesitation today was about when to attack. I could obviously wait for the sprint, but I don’t know how great or not Elise is in a two-up sprint. She’s been good for the last three or four weeks, and I couldn’t under-estimate her.”
The son of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg presented Majerus with the Luxembourgish jersey on the podium.
“That was quite a big honor,” Majerus said. “It gave me good motivation as well.
“Everyone thinks that I never wear the orange jersey, but I train in a lot,” she noted. “It’s not only the three days that I race my national championships that I wear it. I actually like the colors a lot, but it’s an honor for anyone who gets to wear their national colours.”