Jutatip Maneephan celebrates her win. / Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit
Jutatip Maneephan celebrates her win. / Photo by Wanchai Kraisornkhajit

A decade of dedication pays off for Jutatip

sports April 11, 2019 01:00

By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

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After 10 years of trying, cyclist Jutatip Maneephan finally claimed individual honours at the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup Women’s Tour of Thailand in Chiang Mai on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old former Asian Games champion accelerated in the last 300m to edge past arch-rival Teniel Campbell of Trinidad and Tobago, the second-stage winner, to win the 84km third and last stage.

She timed 1:57:49 hours to win the stage and her total of 5:46:34 hours also saw her take individual honours to earn the honorary Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn trophy and the pink jersey.

“When I realised that Campbell was catching up, I had to go as fast as I could,” said Jutatip from Roi Et province. “The finish line seemed so far at that point but I crossed it first. Big relief,” she said.

“It’s not easy to compete against foreign riders as they are physically tougher due to more experience in tough competitions but I finally won after I started competing in this tournament at 21.  I’m so tired but the hard work paid off.”

Campbell finished second (5:46.34 hours) and third went to Japanese Yumi Kajihara (5:46:43).

Jutatip also won the green and blue jerseys for victories in the sprint and best Asean rider categories.

Jutatip will have no time to relax, however – she has to continue training for the Asian Championship in Uzbekistan, as well as two other events, in China and in Trat province.

“I really miss my family but I cannot go home yet as there are upcoming tournaments that I need to concentrate on. But I always keep in touch with my parents on the phone and they understand me well,” Jutatip added.

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