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How do you bounce back from losing your UCI Trials rainbow jersey? You beat the new world champion in the final World Cup of the season of course.
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28 Sep 2016 - 10:15 AM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2016 - 10:23 AM

And that's exactly what Australia's Janine Jungfels did last Sunday at the UCI Trials World Cup in Antwerp, Belgium by defeating Nina Reichenbach of Germany. 

It was the first time the German lost this season in world cups or otherwise. 

Jungfels finished the 2016 World Cup season ranked ninth but claimed silver behind Reichenbach at the World Championships in Italy earlier this month. 

Cycling Central quickly caught up with Jungfels after that silver medal performance. 

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Cycling Central: How did you feel going into the World Championship final? From your insta page you look fairly chilled and chuffed after the semi! What goes through your mind?

Janine Jungfels: I was sitting in the stream after the competition for post competition recovery (laughs).

It was a pretty demanding semi finals for me.

With regards to the finals, I was excited to be riding another final.

That’s the reason you train so hard all year. It’s an opportunity I realise a lot of people will never have so I really do consider myself fortunate to take part.

 

Silver is an awesome effort - how do you feel about it?

Obviously my goal was to win the rainbow stripes but second is definitely a good achievement so I can’t be too upset with that.

Of course, this may seem like a hard one but I want to ask it - what's it like giving up the rainbow jersey? 

I’ll be honest, it does hurt. That’s what everyone trains so hard for all year.

On the upside, it’s motivated me to come back harder and stronger in 2017, for Australia.

What was the set- up like at the Championships in Italy?

The competition was in Val di Sole aka Valley of the Suns.

The name didn’t let us down and we had some beautiful weather the whole week, which was surprising considering it was in the mountains and it was world championship week.

The finals sections were technically quite difficult and consisted of logs, rocks, concrete and wooden ‘Val di Sole’ letters.

Do you have a favourite place to compete?

Not really, most of the venues the last couple of years have all been in some pretty beautiful places – Norway, Andorra, Italy. I do prefer to ride natural obstacles as opposed to man made though.

What's next? Do you have an off season now?

Well I hadn’t planned on riding the last world cup in Belgium, but the opportunity came up so it looks like I will be competing in Antwerp on 24-25 September. (ed - and she won!!)

Straight after that competition I’ll be flying back home so I’ll have an easy week when I’m back and then get started on training for 2017 and working to save money for the travel.

What do you admire most about your rivals out there?

Sharing the same passion for Trials as I do.

What's your favourite thing about your sport?

Its versatility and difficulty. It allows you to ride in so many weird and wonderful locations and is very physically and mentally challenging.

That’s why I enjoy it so much!