Pan American Champion Maghalie Rochette scored a significant second in her third European race of the season with great joy securing a podium finish...
"It has always been a dream for me to get a podium at a European World Cup round. I've won the World Cup before in the United States, but I've always struggled to perform in Europe. It finally succeeded, and I'm delighted with it. I was sometimes too enthusiastic and too nervous, but today I just kept my cool. Stay in my zone. Today I proved that I can do it here too, so I'm very, very happy with that."
What was the key to success?
"Keep calm. A lot of times I'm preoccupied with where I am in the game and then you get nervous. That you drive for a podium place, but then still make mistakes. I kept telling myself now to focus on the next corner, to shift gears and stay in the moment. That worked.
I'll be in Europe until January, so hopefully you'll see a lot of me and I can compete at the front.
Eighth round: Women's World Cup Cyclocross. Besancon, France. 28 November 2021
1. Lucinda Brand Netherlands, 51:09
2. Maghalie Rochette Canada, 0.26
3. Denise Betsema Netherlands, 0.34
Antwerp World Cup round 5 December has been cancelled due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. Next round: 19 December in Rucphen, The Netherlands will be raced without fans.