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by Mark Zalewski
January 21, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims sprint hat-trick at the Tour Down Under, Porte poised for Willunga defence; Cookson defends Sutton over bullying claims, says he has a great respect for him; Tour Down Under boss pushing for World Championships in 2020; Court to rule in case involving Thomas Dekker tell-all book; Anna van der Breggen ready for new team, new challenges; Christine Majerus ready for to welcome the cyclocross world to Luxembourg; Lars Boom to skip final World Cup; Wanda Group posts nine percent gain in sports division; Steven Hyde is CX Captain America; Video: Tour Down Under, stage 4 highlights; Backstage Pass – TDU, stage 4; Velon ready to bring more action in 2017; Sven Vanthourenhout is on thin ice.
Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) is Luxembourg’s National Champion in cyclocross, for the eighth time no less, and is excited to be racing the upcoming World Championships in her home country, calling it a chance of a lifetime. Organisers even sought her input on the venue, from course design to other logistics.
“I offered them my preferences which included long climbs and running, but unfortunately the location doesn’t feature enough elevation,” Majerus said. “Actually, they created their own course, with their own ideas, trying to make the best use of the area. Once the course was completed, I was asked to take a look and provide feedback from a rider’s point of view. They did a good job.”
“It was quite a challenge for the whole organising team to get it all done as they really started from zero. In the end, they managed to create a course that has a bit of everything. It will be completely ready and raceable at the end of January. It was nice to experience the complete build-up process, back from the first time they showed me the area on a map, up to how it looks now. It’s really impressive to see all the work done.”
While the 28-year-old would love to win a World Championship for the home crowd, she is realistic about her goals.
“I want to improve my previous World Championships result [9th] so I aim for a top-10. I know that if everything comes together perfectly, I can do even better, as my fifth place at the World Cup round in Namur showed.”
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