Christine Majerus was first across the line in Cessange on Sunday to win round five of the Skoda Cup. The Luxembourg champion raced and won on home turf a day after making her 2017-2018 World Cup debut in Zeven, Germany, on Saturday.
“It was my aim to ride a steady race today, which is much easier to do without the stress of a big international race,” said Majerus. “Today was pretty nice actually, because there were almost twice as many women at the start than in the other Skoda Cup races. I wanted to ride a good race, which I did.”
The Skoda Cup is Luxembourg's cross series of which two are international. In one of them, in Contern, Majerus finished second behind Helen Wyman (Kona). It was a race she only decided to enter last-minute, as her cyclocross training went better than expected after a long road season.
All other races have a more regional character and Majerus knew that she’d win when she lined up in Cessange this afternoon. Still, she likes to race on home soil occasionally and to support both the Skoda Cup organisers and her sponsor.
“The Skoda Cup is a pretty good race series, because if you win the GC, you get a car,” Majerus explained. “Skoda really puts in an effort to promote cyclocross in Luxembourg. I’m already sponsored by Skoda, so I won’t be going for the GC. It’s a nice prize for the one who wins the overall.”
The race in Cessange was Majerus’ second cyclocross race this weekend. She travelled to Zeven, Germany, yesterday for round five in the Telenet UCI World Cup. It was the first World Cup race for Majerus this season and she walked away with 17th place.
“It wasn’t my best performance in a cross race, but I can still be satisfied,” commented Majerus. “I had a good start and my last lap was one of the fastest in the field, so I take those positives from the race in Zeven. I hope that the more I race, the better I get. We have the Boels-Dolmans team camp coming up and I hope to improve on my intensity, so that I can be more competitive at the end of December.”
Majerus posted a photo of two scraped knees after the race in Zeven, joking that they looked just like her jam sandwich. “It wasn’t too bad at all,” laughed Majerus. “I had hoped to stay on my bike a bit more yesterday, but I didn’t get injured during the race.”
Next weekend, Majerus travels to France for a C1 race in Jablines. “The race is part of the Coupe the France, the French national race series,” she said. “I’ve done a Coupe the France race years ago, which was really nice. Jablines is near Paris, so I don’t have to travel too far.”
“The weather seems to be dry next week and I really need some practice in those conditions,” Majerus said of her ambitions in the race. “It’s not the highest level and it’s always extra motivating if you race for top five or podium. I’m aiming for podium.”