Ellen Van Dijk Wins European Time Trial Championship!
Racers navigated the 31.5 km TT course in challenging wet conditions, which added some difficulty aboard their aero time trial bikes. Van Dijk’s compatriot and Sunweb teammate Lucinda Brand completed a fast lap, putting her just off the podium in fourth place. But, it was Van Dijk who was able to use her strengths to finish the course in just 40:33, 58 seconds ahead of her closest competition.
“I’m really happy to keep the jersey for another year,” said Van Dijk. “The course suited me well and I felt I had good legs. There were long straights with some small hills and the rain made some of the corners more challenging. Luckily I was going really well so didn’t have to take any risks and managed to get around safe to take the title again.”
Liv-sponsored riders Brand and Van Dijk took to the road again Saturday to compete in the European Championship road race. Racing as a team for The Netherlands, the duo rode as domestiques for compatriot Marianne Vos who would take the Championship title. In the U23 category, both Juliette Labous and Floortje Mackaij would ride to top-ten finishes.
Saturday, August 5, 2017