Christine Majerus soloed to victory in Berbourg en route to national road title number seven on Saturday. It is her 24th elite national title across three disciplines – time trial (10), road (7) and cyclocross (7).
Following a crash at Aviva Women’s Tour exactly one week prior to her road race, Majerus was unsure if her injuries would be sufficiently healed to allow her to defend her titles. “My condition after the crash was unknown,” said Majerus.
“If the nationals had been held even two days earlier, I’m pretty sure that I could not have taken to the start. Even now I can’t lift anything with my arm, and on the bike, I have to make sure that I take good lines and go around the holes.”
“Coming off both races with the jerseys again is a big relief,” Majerus added. “It might not be the most exciting and important race of the year but still the fact that I was worried about not being able to defend the jerseys shows how important they are.”
Majerus made her race winning move on the third of nine laps over the 72-kilometre course. She immediately opened up an advantage that she would hold all the way to the line.
“I have to say it was a bit long in the end,” said Majerus. “I wanted to make it an aggressive race elsewise it would be too boring.”
“I did an attack the lap before but more toward the top of the hill,” she added. “It wasn’t such good timing but it was a good move to test the legs.” “
The gap become pretty big quite fast,” she said. “When I had the gap, I tried to do a good pace until the end.”
Behind Majerus, the race for second was hotly contested although the win was out of reach. “The second spot for Rio is still open, so I think they were racing for that, too,” said Majerus, who has secured the first spot to represent Luxembourg at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Majerus will next race the Giro Rosa. “I hope my recovery will continue in a positive way likes this,” said Majerus. “The dressings are now off my wounds, and I hope the elbow bone starts getting less painful, too. I’m still taking it day-by-day.”