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Robyn’s Games focus
- Updated: July 10, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
The Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile done and dusted, our Olympic-bound road cyclist Robyn de Groot is at last focusing 100% on the London Games.
De Groot and the other three South African road cyclists held their own in one of the top road events for women cyclists.
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio ended 10th overall and Jo van de Winkel took 15th. Lise Oliivier (All Africa Games time trial champion) and Cherise Stander (national road champion) are not going to the Games but ended 25th and 50th respectively on the General Classification.
De Groot ended 61st of the 130 starters and reckons it was good preparation for the Games.
A nice hard, long tour under the belt. It was really good preparation for the Olympic games and┬áI am sure with the correct training and recovery from here onwards all preparation is in order,” she told Road to London 2012.
“I’m usually not much of a tour rider, probably do better in one-day events but Ash needed some support in the Giro and I did the best I possibly could. The heat had a huge part to play in making the nine days challenging. There were some scorching days out on the bike there.”
De Groot is now back at the team’s Belgium base before they get some real Games preparation. “Tomorrow [Tuesday] we are going to London for three days to ride parts of the Olympic route. We are expecting to see the parts of the route that are really busy by car and then the rideable sections we will train on over the next three days to get a feel and know what to expect.
“All good preparation mentally, so its fantastic that we have been given the opportunity to go there.”
De Groot says Olympic fever is now starting to catch on. “Finally I am getting excited for the Olympic Games. Up until now I have been taking each day and week as it comes in order to get the Giro Donne done and dusted, so now the focus is on preparation for London. I have no doubt once we land in London and see the hype there, that we will feel the vibe of the games and the excitement will build from that. It’s around the corner now.
“I believe that South Africa is supporting the SA athletes and getting an awesome vibe going there on Fridays ÔÇô┬áproud and humbled.”