Road: Emma Johansson is not surprisingly the among Swedish cyclists who catches the largest media interest before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. But there are other blue and yellow cyclists to keep an eye on.
Emma Johansson has belonged to the world elite in his sport throughout his long career. Rio Olympics will also be the last chance for the Swede to win a hotly awaited Championship gold. A fact of Johansson, who said that this will be her final season as a professional cyclist, and since the Road World Championships in Qatar in October will be decided on a completely flat course, which at all do not favor her chances.
Thus, a sharp contrast to the drama that is waiting in Rio – a nail-biting show accompanied by Bossa Nova and samba, bordered by Ipanema and Copacabana karnevaliska street life. When the riders tackle the eight-kilometer ascent makes Canoas-in a jungle-like terrain, which is also the Habitat for a rich variety of small monkeys. A spectacular course taken into possession during the games ‘ first day of cycling competition with winter bike.
Team in medal hunt
Well time in the fray with OS-selected has not unexpectedly road ladies, where Jack is joined by seasoned Sara Mustonen-Lichan and Emilia Fahlin.
“It feels good that we have with us these, because they are individuals that fit well and can have fun together. They are Lance knows what to do and who do not hesitate to go into the wall for the team. It creates an essential calmness in the group, “said women’s head coach Martin Vestby, which expects a tough Olympic race.
“It’s definitely a hard course, especially with the last Hill (Canoas) before the finish, measuring eight kilometers, where the race will most likely be decided. One large cluster at the top of the Hill, it will not. The heat, combined with a very high humidity will make the race hard, track Federation captain.
How are the preparations?
– Before the trip over to Rio, we will keep to the outside Lisbon in Portugal, where we are given good training possibilities in hilly terrain, reminiscent of the waiting in Rio. We travel from Lisbon also means that we get a shorter route. In place, the girls just over a week to acclimatize and have time to train properly, “says Vestby.
Johansson, who this year competing for the Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling, has his wont made a strong first half of the season, including a runner-up finish in the tour of Flanders, after which she became third in Italy’s Strade Bianche. The season’s first victory in Basque stage race Emakumeen Bira, where she won two stages plus victory in total.
In may, the monthly Women’s Tour of California, she was both a second and third place. Took home the overall victory in California, the reigning u.s. champion Megan Guarnier, while Emma had to settle for a eighth place. After half the season waiting for yet another training period before it wears off to Västerås for competition for NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP medals. Then favorite contest Thuringia Rundfahrt in Germany, which is determined at the end of July.
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