Emilia Fahlin: Down but never out

Swedish road race champion Emilia Fahlin (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope on the attack at the 2019 Tour of Flanders
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Emilia Fahlin will embark on her 15th season in professional cycling when she races in the women’s edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, and despite a rocky two years that were disrupted by a serious head injury, a global pandemic, and a freak accident in last year’s Giro Rosa, the 32-year-old is as excited as ever to be back in the saddle.

The FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope rider moved back to her native Sweden during the winter after spending over a decade in the cycling hotbed of Girona and has spent the last few weeks fine-tuning her form and condition before her first competitive outing on the cobbles. She will bring experience and power to a team that also includes Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Brodie Chapman, and while Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is just the start of the campaign Fahlin has some major ambitions for the season.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.