De Locke (25) qualified easily for the final of the keirin, but the puzzle did not fall together. “If you’re in the final, you always want to finish on the podium, but if you know where I’m coming from… . I would have signed for a fifth place in advance anyway,” De Locke told Renaat Schotte.
Yet there was more to it. “It is sour when I know how good my legs were. There was a bit of doubt: waiting a little too long or waiting a little too little. I didn’t make it to the front, but in 2 weeks (at the World Cup in Roubaix) I will have another opportunity.”
Can De Locke improve her form for the World Cup? “I think so, I hope so,” laughed the 2018 world champion keirin. “I can only do my best: train some more and then deliver the best in Roubaix. This paints a nice picture of how I am now. “
Strikingly, De Locke, who went through a deep valley after her world title, adjusted her training in recent months and seems to be feeling well again.
“With Jacques (Helderop, her coach) we decided to make it a little better for the head and often train on the road behind the derny with my dad.”
“Since September, two weeks before the Nations Cup in Cali, I have trained twice a week on the slopes and that’s it. Besides that I was in the gym a lot and I just did road training. This is a nice result, if you know you haven’t trained on the slopes all summer.”