Start of the race was not the best. Few riders crashed in the first meters of the climb on the start loop, but Tanja managed to avoid that crash. Just a moment later another crash happened, this time Tanja was stuck behind the riders on the ground. First full lap followed, Tanja was close behind top-10, but her lap time was not very good. But she soon found the right rhythm and went better with each of the laps, in the last (fifth) lap she even set second time. She passed a lot of competitors with the aggressive riding and got well-deserved top-10 result. With the seventh place on the race she also advanced in the overall standings – she’s now 13th, with just one more race ahead of us.
“I’m happy with my result, but it’s even more important that I had right racing feelings and that I could attack. My legs were spinning nicely, it really was a super race,” said Tanja after the race. With a lap more she could maybe go higher, but after the strong rain organizers and officials decided for one lap less than planned. “Race was short and we can calculate what would happen if there would be another lap, but I’m regardless happy with the outcome.”
The race with the longest tradition in the World Cup is up to Tanja’s taste: “Mont-Sainte-Anne is a great venue, I don’t remember ever leaving it disappointed. I was even surer in myself this year, I had no fear going on the course. I know which lines I wanted to ride, and I was aggressive and self-confident on the technical sections.” You are of course always hungry for more after a good result, but Tanja is still taking a race at the time: “Every best result of the season sets a new standard for the future. I also like Val di Sole, but I will not create pressure on myself. I hope I’ll have good training in the next day and that I will have good legs on the race day and do another great result.”
Yana Belomoina won the race, with third victory she already has the World Cup title in her hands.
Replay of the race on Red Bull TV
Results on the UCI website
Photos by Keith Valentine & Grega Stopar