Swedish Cyclists Gear Up for the Road Cycling World Championships in Glasgow
In the upcoming Road Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, Sweden is sending a strong contingent of seven talented cyclists. The women's lineup features the impressive trio of Jenny Rissveds, Emilia Fahlin, and Julia Borgström. Lucas Eriksson and Jakob Söderqvist will represent Sweden in the men's elite and U23 categories, respectively. Juniors Stina Kagevi and Ivan Åström will make their WC debut on the road.
With a recent Swedish Championship gold in hand, Lucas Eriksson joins the men's elite competition as the sole representative. In a challenging Glasgow circuit, Eriksson will face tough competition from other nations.
On the women's side, the Swedish team showcases a formidable lineup. Emilia Fahlin, known for her sprinting abilities, will be aiming for a strong finish. Julia Borgström, a versatile rider, will also compete for the U23 medal in the same race. And of course, there is the exceptional talent of Jenny Rissveds, who will participate in the mountain bike event the day before the road race.
"We expect Jenny to perform exceptionally well, even with back-to-back races," says Swedish national team captain Lucas Persson.
The women's line race promises excitement for Swedish fans, with the team's diverse strengths. Emilia Fahlin seeks redemption after a bike issue thwarted her medal chances at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow. Julia Borgström's ability to adapt to different roles adds an intriguing dynamic, and the U23 category adds further interest.
In the men's U23 category, there were uncertainties in the national rankings. Despite impressive performances throughout the year, Sweden initially did not secure any U23 spots. However, an application has been submitted, and it appears that Jakob Söderqvist will represent Sweden in both the time trial and road race. The upcoming races present an exciting opportunity to witness Söderqvist's pace and performance.
Söderqvist's notable achievements include a stage victory at the French Tour du Loir et Cher, where he broke away solo with six kilometers remaining. He also showcased his tempo racing skills with a second-place finish at the Swedish Championships in Björklinge.
As the Swedish team prepares for the Road Cycling World Championships, expectations are high, and the athletes are determined to showcase their skills on the international stage. Stay tuned for thrilling race updates and support Team Sweden as they compete against the best in the world!
photo: Swedish Cykelförbundet