Now, I kind of like this shot. The subject is absolutely stunning. Even though the flash striking the white t-shirt distracts, the face and hair concentrate the entire attention. I also like the cardigan's details, but there is a problem. The road fades away as it should, yet the very strong contrast between background and foreground spoil the image. The photographer's comments make it clear she sensed that. This problem leads to some kind of artificiality. Even the subject's hand on the back of the neck seems artificial. There is also a distracting detail showing on the right side of the subject, from the arm to the belt.
Why the overall problem? I think it occurs because the intensity of the flash sculpts too much, and also because of the artificial position taken by the model. A remedy? It is possible to crop out as much as possible of the road, and to cut just above the subject's belt. This eliminates much of the problem. If you do this, you should also soften the skin colour of the forehand, otherwise it draws too much attention away from the face. Also, adding a little more hair detail on top of the head might help. You have the eye and a good sense. Happy photography, Daniela.