With a great start at the XCC on Friday, unfortunately, she had a bad crash, “I am still quite battered and have a few bruises but at least I can start bending my knee,” says Strauss after the short track race.
In the Elite Women’s cross-country race on Sunday, Mariske was off to a tough start due to her knee injury. It was not going be easy. Dealing with relentless roots and punchy climbs, she was able to finish the race.
“I am a little bit disappointed. This has been a very challenging season and I think that crash on Friday also hit me a bit harder than I thought. Probably one of the hardest races I have had, and baby-watts was all I had in me. This is part of the journey; it, however, doesn’t make the disappointment stingless. I am looking forward and aiming higher, says Mariske.
Mariske rode to 31st place and will be preparing for World Championships.
More Race News: Jennie Stenerhag has previously won the Cykelvasan 4 times and is very disappointed in her sprint finish.
With a strong start, she was able to make her way quickly into the top 10. Where she remembered the winning feeling again since her form was good.
“I went to the front and kept a slightly higher pace, mainly not to get too far back in the big bunch. It was fast on the gravel roads leading up to Mångsbodarna,” adds Stenerhag.
“With a few hundred meters to go, Elisabeth started the sprint and I started on the side of her and Hildegunn on the other. Unfortunately, it was too late. It is often the one who starts first that wins if it is a short sprint, and this was the case today, says Jennie very disappointedly.
LAST RACE NEWS FOR SWEDEN
Jennie held on to 2nd place for the entire race and her opponent managed to get ahead by a few centimeters.
“It is the crap sprint I am mostly disappointed with, more than with a 3rdplace. I know that I can sprint much better than that, but I started too late and was in an too easy gear. No excuses, I’ll just have to come back next year and try to take that 5th win,” she adds with a smirk.
This is Jennie Stenerhag last race in Sweden for 2019. She will be leaving for Switzerland for the Swiss Epic on the 20th-24th August, “I look forward to it and it will be great fun to do a stage race with Katie Lennard,’ says Jennie riding for ABRO in Sweden.