– What happened? –
The Classics campaign is over and a week without UCI Women’s WorldTour action behind us. But still the peloton had some intense racing over the weekend, with two stage races and the best paid one-day event on the women’s calendar: the Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race. Former UCI World Champion Elizabeth Deignan (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) took the victory and a €20,000 check on home soil. Meanwhile, her teammate Christine Majerus also had a home win at the three-day Festival Elsy Jacobs in Luxembourg. And in the Czech Republic, Riejanne Markus (WM3 Pro Cycling) won the four-day stage race Gracia Orlova. The first stage race of the 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour gets under way in China this coming Friday.
– What’s next? –
Tour of Chongming Island UCI Women’s WorldTour, May 5-7
– Focus on: Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team) –
Luxembourg’s Christine Majerus is one of the best domestiques in the peloton. Her national champion’s jersey can almost always be seen at the front, working in the wind for her Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team team-mates. But whenever Majerus, who has a Master’s degree in sports science, gets the chance to ride for herself, she delivers – as was the case last weekend at Festival Elsy Jacobs, where she won the first stage and the overall classification. The multiple national champion, who races cyclo-cross in winter (7th at the 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg) has a punchy sprint, especially on technically hard finishes. That’s how she won a stage at the Aviva Women’s Tour in 2015 and 2016.
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