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Taylor toughs it out

National time trial cycle champion Cherise Taylor has recovered from the big Argus Cycle Tour crash and is up and racing again, this time on the tough European circuit, writes Mark Etheridge.

She raced the tough Tour of Flanders in Belgium at the weekend which didn’t quite go as planned but turned things around with two days later with an encouraging performance at another Belgian race.

“I did start the Tour of Flanders but then got a flat wheel two-kilometres before the cobble section which was really bad timing,” the Beijing Olympian told Road to London 2012.

“Our team car was only in 20th place and it took quite long to change. After that I just got caught behind so many crashes so I was really disappointed.”

But as is her custom, Taylor bounced back at her next race. “The race was called Grand Prix de Dottignies ÔÇô really aggressive. I had a good race and managed to get into a break of 12 girls for about 15-20km but then got caught by the bunch again. We’ve got a Belgium girl on the team [Kaat Hannes] who is currently leading the Belgian series and helped her in the sprint for the line. Got 20th at the end.”

Riding for the Lotto Belisol Ladies team, Taylor is one of 12 women. “At the moment we have six Belgian girls and six SA girls on the team so for most races the manager tries to put in three girls of each country. On the weekend’s race Jo [Van de Winkel], An-li [Pretorius] and myself managed to race together which was nice.”

Another SA girl, All Africa Games time trial champion Lise Olivier, was 82nd in the Grand Prix de Dottignies, credited with the same time as the winners.

And yet another rider who was involved in the big Argus Cycle Tour bust-up, Robyn de Groot is still struggling after breaking two ribs in the fall. “She hasn’t been able to race yet but we’re hoping to all race together soon.”

As for what lies ahead. “I’m racing a small race on Thursday and then my other big goal is only on 22nd of April.”