Olympic Games Rio 2016

Athlete's portrait: cyclist Christine Majerus

C-Majerus-portrait-listeactusChristine Majerus, Luxembourgish cyclist, was born on 25 February 1987 in Luxembourg City. She lives in Margency (France) and is part of the Boels Dolmans team, a Dutch female cyclist team part of the Union cycliste internationale (UCI).

Christine Majerus starts competing during adolescence. First competing in athletics, she is multiple Luxembourg champion in races over 400 and 800 metres.

She then goes on to compete in duathlons and triathlons, where she excels and also becomes multiple Luxembourg champion in road races and time trials (from 2007 onwards). However, it's after a foot injury that she decides to specialise in road cycling. Christine Majerus rapidly joins the Luxembourg national team.

In 2011, she wins the French Cup in female road cycling, and becomes Luxembourg champion in 3 disciplines: cyclo-cross, time trial and road race. She also wins a gold medal at the Games of the Small States of Europe.

The following year, after nearly 2 years of preparation, Christine Majerus qualifies for the London Olympic Games – in the road race event, where she finishes 21st. In 2013 is elected Luxembourg's sportswoman of the year.

2015: Christine Majerus participates in the world championships of cyclo-cross, and finished in honourable 9th position.

This summer, in Rio de Janeiro, she takes part in the Olympic Games for the second time, representing Luxembourg at the cyclist competitions.


Road cycling

The overall first road cycling race took place in France in 1868 and was won by Briton James Moore. From then onwards, cyclism became very popular and was part of the Olympic disciplines at the very first modern era Olympic Games in 1896. Moreover, the UCI (Union cycliste internationale) was founded shortly afterwards, in 1900.

Today, professional cycling has a special place in the heart of the public, particularly in Europe. The Olympic competitions are: time trial and road race. 

For the Rio Games, the time trial distance is 60.6 km for men and 29.8 km for women. Road races run over a distance of 256.4 km for men and 130.3 km for women.


Road cycling in Luxembourg

Cycling holds an important place in the country, especially as far as the Tour de France is concerned, in which Luxembourg athletes regularly compete, with cyclists like Charly Gaul or the brothers Frank and Andy Schleck – who won the Tour France in 2010.

  • Updated 09-08-2016