This is such a great photo! And why I’m such a Marianne Vos fan!
When you break it down I was about 10 seconds too slow on the first lap because of these mistakes. It’s as simple as that. I chased hard to get back but it wasn’t to be and I had to settle for ‘best of the rest’. It’s not where I wanted to be and I rode some good laps, but riding around for 6th isn’t really something I enjoyed. I felt OK, some breathing issues I’m still working on, but I should have been in the front group. That’s where the race was, but that’s cross, we all slip and slide a little and if that’s at the wrong point, fair play to those that take advantage.
Daphny has been super strong as deserves her title as World Cup winner. I’ve looked up to her in all the years I’ve been involved with the sport and it’s sad to see her leaving the sport in only a few weeks time. I’ve shared many podiums with her, and I’m proud to have beaten her over the years as she’s one tough cookie (And I love cookies). Vos, despite missing two rounds has shown that she’s pretty much the standard setter for us all and we all need to raise our games, so that’s that I guess I have a hard summer ahead, and the season isn’t even finished yet. There are 6 or 7 more races to go including a pretty big one this weekend in Koksijde."
“Have left the hospital at last, fortunately no collarbone or shoulder fracture!” de Boer posed to Twitter. “However, supposedly a break in my wrist but that is not certain yet. Another scan tomorrow and then wait and see if it is heavily bruised or a fracture… further deep abrasions!!
“Hopefully everyone crosses their fingers that it turns out better than expected, and that I can ride next week,” she added, before thanking everybody for their messages of support.
“We can inform you that Sophie is doing well,” Young Telenet-Fidea press officer Corne Lepoeter confirmed to VeloNation. “She didn’t break her shoulder or collarbone. We [will] get some more information about her wrist tomorrow and we will inform you tomorrow about it.”"
Hope both De Boer & Mani heal fast. Shocking luck, to have been hurt so close to the Worlds - I would have bet on Mani being top 10, and De Boer top 5, if not on the podium….