Christine Majerus nearly missed the podium at Soudal Classics Hasselt on Saturday. In contention for the final spot on the podium for the duration of the elite women’s race, Majerus suffered an unusual mechanical on the last lap that forced her to settle for fourth place.
“After a running part on the last lap, my saddle broke away from my bike when I jumped back on it,” said Majerus. “There was nothing I could do. My race for third was over.”
The Luxembourg champion made a last minute decision to race in Hasselt as an appetizer to Sunday’s World Cup in Koksijde.
“The Koksijde lap isn’t really a lap that plays into my favour, so I thought it was good not to focus too much on a single race,” said Majerus. “I made it a double weekend for the training effect. The course was in a park, which isn’t something I really appreciate but then again it’s good to do them to progress.”
From the start, Majerus found herself in podium position. Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) and Ellen van Loy (Telenet Fidea Lions) took an early lead as Majerus battled with Elle Anderson (Elle Anderson Racing).
“We had quite a nice fight going for the podium,” said Majerus. “I was already thinking about the last lap and how I would do it.”
Before Majerus could settle on a strategy, her mechanical took her out of the race for third.
“I somehow managed to ride to the pit to change bikes and just finish the bike in an easy gear,” said Majerus. “There was nothing to win or lose anymore. That’s bike racing. It wasn’t my best day, but I obviously would have been happier to fight for the podium to the end.”
Majerus is skills-focused rather than results-focused for the Koksijde World Cup.
“The plan is to have no plan and just go for it,” she said. “I want to manage the sand better this year than in the years before.”