Digital-gears battery failure ruins Uttrup Ludwig’s medal hopes at Worlds street race
Denmark’s Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig was unable to vary gears going over the ultimate climb throughout the elite women’s road race on the World Championships in Imola, Italy, and was unable to be within the combine for a medal, or a minimum of a higher-placed end, trailing residence in eighth place.
“We’re nonetheless attempting to determine what occurred,” Danish nationwide coach Tayeb Braikia informed BT.dk on Saturday night. “For some purpose, Cecilie wasn’t in a position to shift, and those that had been watching on TV would have seen that she was using in a gear that was too low.
“Once we checked, we discovered that there was no energy within the battery, which was significantly dangerous when it got here to the descent [off the final climb],” he mentioned.
Uttrup Ludwig makes use of Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 digital gears on her FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope crew Lapierre bike, and the gears use a small battery to shift through standard brake/gear levers on the handlebar.
If the battery runs out of cost, a rider is left caught in a single gear, which seems to be what occurred to Uttrup Ludwig, though it seems to have been some form of mechanical failure relatively anybody forgetting to cost the battery, in accordance with Braikia.
“I requested the mechanics about that, nevertheless it’s the very last thing they test earlier than they go to mattress,” he mentioned. “Once we regarded on the different riders’ bikes, they had been absolutely charged. And on a full cost, there’s normally sufficient energy for a number of months’ value of using.”
The 2 Danish nationwide squad’s mechanics have apparently been left simply as upset as Uttrup Ludwig.
“They really feel actually horrible about it,” Braikia mentioned. “When one thing goes improper with the bikes, they take duty for it, even when they have not made a mistake. And we will not blame them, as we nonetheless do not know what occurred.”
Braikia mentioned that he nonetheless hadn’t talked to Uttrup Ludwig, who completed the race too upset to speak to anybody.
“I can not actually say if she might need been in competition for a medal in any other case, nevertheless it actually prevented her from with the ability to compete for locations 4 to eight.
“With the shape she’s in after the Giro d’Italia, we knew that she was able to a medal, and on the penultimate lap we nonetheless thought that it was attainable, so I really feel very sorry for her,” he mentioned.
“Cecilie is basically upset about what occurred,” Braikia added. “All of us are, however she’s significantly upset, and so is taking a while on her personal.”