Omer Shapira wins 6th Israeli road title
Israeli rider solos to victory
For the sixth year in a row, Omer Shapira is the Israeli road race national champion.
After getting in the early breakaway on the rolling circuit, Omer broke free of her three companions after two laps and soloed to victory on the 90 kilometer course.
“I knew they would all be on my wheel because it was the same in the previous five years, no matter what the course,” Omer says. “So I made it very hard and I was able to go off the front alone at the beginning of the third lap. Later they would chase back and they tried to close but I was just better today.”
Using the mental momentum after winning yesterday’s time trial championship for the second time, Omer felt bolstered after a season plagued by illness.
“Yesterday’s win helped my confidence. I still wanted to feel like I was the strongest at least here because it hasn’t been my best year. It’s no secret that it hasn’t been my best year outside of Israel but it was important to me to win this title and to be able to represent Israel to wear this jersey. I dug deep in order to be alone in the front and to maintain the gap.”
"To feel the love of family and friends and the Israeli crowds is always very nice."
With no Women’s WorldTour races in Israel, the national championship weekend is a rare opportunity for Omer to race in front of her loved ones.
“To feel the love of family and friends and the Israeli crowds is always very nice. I get a lot of love here and I feel appreciated so it’s always nice to be home. It means a lot to me, especially after this season.”
While Omer was the clear favorite coming into today’s road race, she knew not to take anything for granted.
“It’s my sixth time in a row being the Israeli national champion so I’m very happy with it. I don’t know if I ever could have imagined this. I know today that I am the strongest here but my goal is to be the strongest in the world so it’s nice that this win gives me more confidence. I feel the love here from Israel but I still want more. I want big results in the world.”