Sweden may not be the biggest cycling country but we got one of the best cyclists in the world and today she showed how good she is. Emma Johansson dropped everyone and got over 4min to the 7 chasers in the group behind. Emma Johansson is on such level like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is. Absolute top both but only one has the media attention.
Anyway, it was a hard race today and already after first (of 10) laps the bunch was in small groups. After a couple of laps it looked like this:
The first group with Emma Johansson, Sara Penton, Emilia Fahlin, Sara Mustonen, Sara Olsson and a couple of more went hard and made the others suffer. Specially on the pavé section in the middle of Västerås:
Emma deserves a bigger picture, also a good one but I only got this:
Where 44 riders to start but only 11 finished as the other where too far behind. The last rider who finished after having 2 rear punctures but never stopped chasing was my Sumocycling teammate Eva Lindskog. Rode real Sumostyle and did a great first Swedish Championship:
Women road cyclists have a hard time, far from the men’s race not just compared salaries. The races are smaller and not as good organized, the teams are smaller with less people, the media coverage is far from what it should be. At least in Sweden where we got one of the best cyclists in the world! But women roadracers are loving the sport, even if it looks like this:
There is something that wishes all of us no matter of gender to race or watch races like this:
The man behind my favourite photo book that comes out after every cyclocross season and behind the website Cyclephotos which cover most of the big cyclocross races and this year also the women’s road season Balint Hamvas. He is in a great interview here I recommend you to read: Cyclingtips
He can show the beauty of the sport. And for next year it seems to be changes by UCI too. They are making it all a bit better. Not at the men’s level but it’s one step further. Steps are good help people and riders grow into it, and teams to develop. To have bigger races and more prize money it’s needed more professional teams with good riders that don’t have to think about others than cycling. For that it is needed sponsors, and sponsors can give more if they see they get more out of it.
The mtb world cup hasn’t started yet but today the womens road cycling world cup began. A race on flat roads in the Netherlands with a couple of climbs up Vamberg and some bad pavé roads in the forest. Roads where Emma Johansson was in the front and Kirsten Wild punctured.
Was an interesting race but a bit sad end. After Vamberg it became a front group with the best riders and with some attacks from different teams made Emma Johansson suffer a bit too much so lost what could have been the final breakaway. 4 riders got away but when the passed the finish line to go for a final small lap they didn’t work together and got caught pretty fast. No one did anything and a lot of riders came back to end the race with a bunch sprint.
Julien D’hoore from Wiggle-Honda won the sprint in front of Amy Pieters – Liv-Plantur
Great with a stream at RTVDrenthe and watch on my mum’s smartTV 🙂
Sad they don’t send it on normal TV here in Sweden.