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2015.09.08 - News reporter

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Quick update before my final race of the season (save the World Championships, of course). As I wrote a bit more than a week ago, Plouay was my last race with ORICA-AIS. This week I did a bit of solo racing here in Belgium with a 60-kilometre criterium on Monday and back-to-back kermesse races over the weekend.

Although the racing is only at the national level, it’s exactly what I needed. When I do bigger races, my job is to save energy wherever I can. At the races this week, my job was to ride as hard as I could – to get the most out of the training opportunity. The wins I got in the end were a bonus but they weren’t necessarily the reason I was racing.

It felt a bit old school and back to the basics in the best possible way. All my supporters were there on Sunday. They walked a lap, and I could hear them every time I rode by. I got the flowers at the finish, and we went out to dinner in the evening. It was the perfect day.

It’s been a really great week. The weather has been crappy, which has meant all I do is train and hole up at home. It’s the best preparation for the last important races that are coming up.

Now I’m with the Swedish National Team for the Lotto Belisol Tour. The idea is that we’ve got all the girls that are racing in Richmond together for one last opportunity to prepare. We have a strong team, and I know we’re excited to have a crack at a few stages. I saw the start list, and it’s a bit different than usual. There are a lot of national teams, and the peloton is smaller. Still there are a lot of strong riders here, and I expect the competition to be fierce.

The team is motivated, and I’m really happy to be in the thick of it with them. I don’t often have the chance to race with other Swedes. It’s nice to talk Swedish around the dinner table and yell across the peloton in Swedish because no one can understand you. I look forward to that.

I’m looking forward to it all.

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Name: Emma Karolina Johansson.

Profession: Cyclist

Born: 23 Sep 1983, Sollefteå, Sweden.

Team: Wiggle High5

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