Juliette Labous will lead the French nationwide staff as a contender within the elite girls’s street race on the UCI Street World Championships in Wollongong this weekend.
Nonetheless, she urged that it may very well be a completely completely different race if the outright favorite Annemiek van Vleuten driving for the Netherlands is pressured to take a seat out of the race as a result of her accidents sustained in a crash through the combined relay TTT on Wednesday.
“I believe it will likely be an entire completely different race and we must look to different methods and what could be doable,” Labous instructed reviews within the combined zone following the combined relay staff time trial, the place France completed seventh and 58 seconds behind the brand new world champions from Switzerland.
The mixed elite-U23 girls’s street race can be held throughout 164.3km on a route that features a gap loop with a climb over Mount Keira (6.5km at 6.2%) adopted by six smaller circuits with a climb over Mount Nice (1.1km at 8.6%) earlier than ending alongside the coast in Wollongong.
Van Vleuten, who received the street race world title after an audacious 104km solo assault in Yorkshire in 2019, was the favorite to win a second street title after a exceptional season the place she received general titles on the Giro d’Italia Donne, Tour de France Femmes and Ceratizit Problem by La Vuelta.
She focused the Worlds as her last objectives of the season however completed a disappointing seventh within the particular person time trial final weekend after which crashed closely within the combined relay TTT on Wednesday.
The Dutch nationwide staff confirmed that Van Vleuten was taken to hospital the place medical doctors confirmed she sustained a steady fracture to her elbow and that her participation within the elite girls’s street race on Saturday can be determined later within the week.
The Dutch staff have one of many strongest groups on paper with Marianne Vos, Demi Vollering, Floortje Mackaij, time trial World Champion Ellen van Dijk, nationwide street champion Riejanne Markus, and Shirin van Anrooij, who’s the staff’s solely under-23 rider.
Labous types a part of the French staff that’s the strongest its been in years with Aude Biannic, Coralie Demay, Marie Le Web, Evita Muzic, Gladys Verhulst and Jade Wiel. Audrey Cordon-Ragot was set to compete on the Worlds however suffered a stroke per week earlier than she was set to depart to Australia, and is at present resting whereas she awaits surgical procedure and additional medical remedy.
Labous stated that through the combined relay TTT she felt higher than she did throughout final weekend’s particular person time trial the place she completed eleventh, and that the street race course is one which fits her effectively.
“It’s arduous. I did Mount Keira and I believe it should explode already there, if Annemiek is feeling good, that’s in all probability she is going to go, that’s what we hear. I believe it will likely be robust however I just like the course. If we solely went as soon as up the steep climb, then I might say it’s not for me, however we do it six occasions, it’s a bit much less for the puncheurs, so I’m excited,” Labous stated.
Labous expects a small group to complete in Wollongong as a result of problem of the circuits and the staff will help each her and Muzic to be contenders for the ultimate, and they’re aiming for a medal.
“We have now the arrogance, and we’ll attempt to save me and Evita [Muzic] for so long as we are able to, and me and Evita can be there within the last. Everyone seems to be tremendous motivated and I really feel that confidence and it provides me motivation,” Labous stated.
“I wish to go for a medal and attempt to give every thing. It’s the World Championships and I believe we have now to attempt to see what we do.”