Christina Siggaard third at the Danish national road race championships
118.5 kilometers were to be covered on a generally flat course at today´s Danish national road race championships. A highly technical finish with sharp corners and a steep final climb over 250 meters before the finish line created stress in the peloton. VIRTU Cycling’s Christina Siggaard finished third.
A solo rider, Maria Højris (Scandic Thylander) was the dangling carrot in front of the hungry peloton during the first half of the race and she created a gap of more than three minutes before the pack started reeling her in. Just before inhaling her, Team VIRTU Cycling Women’s Louise Norman Hansen launched an attack from the field and now formed a tandem with the Scandic Thylander-rider. However, the duo was caught and new attacks were launched, which slimmed down the pack to about 10 riders including VIRTU Cycling’s Trine Schmidt and Christina Siggaard.
Unfortunately, Siggaard had a puncture just about entering the final lap but after a hard determined chase, she made it back to the front group and immediately attacked the group. Just as Siggaard was caught by the chasers, teammate Trine Schmidt made a fierce counter-move forcing the other riders to work together in order to reel her in entering the final 6 kilometers.
Entering the finale, the former World champion, Amalie Dideriksen (Dolmans), opened a long sprint taking the gold medal and the national road race jersey and Team VIRTU Cycling Women’s Christina Siggaard took bronze medal after a photo finish showdown with silver medalist, Emma Norsgaard Jørgensen.
Christina Siggaard says:
“We entered the race with the ambition to win it and naturally, I can’t help feeling a little bit disappointed when we were so close of achieving our goal. However, we truly did an amazing race and we really supported each other all the way through the race but Amalie simply timed her sprint perfectly. Naturally, it took both energy and a lot of my focus to get back from the puncture so deep into the finale. In that perspective, we can be content with our effort but gold will always be sweeter than bronze”, Siggaard comments after the race.