Country road: “we went high but did not reach there today and it is obviously a disappointment. We know that it is dangerous to let Marianne Vos and she clearly showed today that she went for the gold, “said sporting Director Madeleine Lindberg Wall.
Emma Johansson took aim at the Olympic gold medal in Sunday’s road race over 14 kilometers with start and finish in Central London. It long looked promising, but lasted only a sixth place.
The Swedes had wished for rain and it got some showers during the three and half hours long competition. Today’s settlement became very busy with continual attempt to break out and a lot of falls on the slippery surface. The three Swedes held up once.
England appeared to have changed their tactics after the men’s failure on Saturday. Virtually every the breakout was killed by Emma Pooley.
The beginning of the decision came when Russian Olga Zabelinskaya went away. Shortly thereafter joined another three riders, one of whom was the Dutchwoman Marianne Vos. The Quartet were reduced to a trio that kept running a targeted cooperation. Breakaway kept right into the goal, which the Dutchwoman sprinted down the British Elizabeth Armitstead.
“I knew when they went away it could be critical, but I could not join, explains a disappointed Emma Johansson.
Now it’s recharging, which comes ahead of Wednesday’s time trial. Which set Sweden up with Emma Johansson, Emilia Fahlin and Gustav Larsson. Pace races beginning at 12:30 local time.