Emma Norsgaard has had a very consistent and strong sprint, but away from the time-trial nationals she hadn't taken a victory. Today it came, and in the form of what she calls the biggest win of her career as she held off the peloton at the Tour de France Femmes.
“I have no words for it," she said in the flash interview. "I have had a very difficult year. So I want to thank everyone around me for continuing to believe in me. This is definitely the biggest win of my career." The Dane is no stranger to meaningful wins, however this was her first at WWT level. It was a dramatic one, a nail-biting finish where she conquered from the breakaway.
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Together with Sandra Alonso and Agnieszka Skalniak-Sójka the trio managed to hold the peloton until the final meters. In the run-up to the line it was all about whatever the three had in their legs. Norsgaard was the one that had the most, she distanced the other two who were caught in side of the line, but then Norsgaard had that extra little bit, and celebrated only a few meters ahead of Charlotte Kool and Lotte Kopecky.
Norsgaard used to be a quality sprinter but with the increase in level of recent years she's looked for other ways to win big. It has worked quite well. "I don't see myself as a sprinter anymore, so I have to do it differently. I'm still fast, but against the really fast riders I can't finish it anymore. I have to realize that," he concludes.