Ellen van Dijk

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Ellen van Dijk
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Van Dijk after taking the bronze medal in the time trial at the 2018 World Road Championships
Personal information
Full nameEleonora Maria van Dijk
NicknameThe Animal [1]
Born (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 32)
Harmelen, Netherlands
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in) [2]
Team information
Current team Trek–Segafredo
Discipline
RoleRider
Rider type Time trial specialist
Professional team(s)
2006–2008 Vrienden van het Platteland
2009–2011 Team Columbia–High Road Women
2012–2013 Team Specialized–lululemon
2014–2016 Boels–Dolmans
2017–2018 Team Sunweb
2019– Trek–Segafredo
Major wins

UCI Womens World Cup

Tour of Flanders (2014)
Open de Suede Vargarda TTT (2011, 2012, 2013)

Stage Races

Ladies Tour of Qatar (2011)
Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour (2012, 2013)
Energiewacht Tour (2013, 2016)
Holland Ladies Tour (2013)
Gracia-Orlová (2013)

One day races & Classics

National Time Trial Champion (2007, 2012, 2013)
Sparkassen Giro (2010)
Omloop van Borsele (2012)
Le Samyn des Dames (2013)
Chrono Champenois (2013)

Eleonora Maria "Ellen" van Dijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌeːleːjoːˈnoːraː maːˈrijaː ˈʔɛlə(n) vɑn ˈdɛik] ; born 11 February 1987) is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's Team Trek–Segafredo. [3] Besides road cycling she was also a track cyclist until 2012. Van Dijk is known as a time trial specialist and is five times world champion. She won her first world title on the track in the scratch race in 2008. She became Road World Champion in 2012, 2013 and 2016 with her respective trade teams in the team time trial and in 2013 also in the individual time trial. In 2015, she won the time trial at the first European Games and the silver medal in the team time trial at the world championships.

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Trek–Segafredo (womens team)

Trek–Segafredo is a professional cycling team that competes in elite road bicycle racing events such as the UCI Women's World Tour.

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Van Dijk started as a speed skater and as part of her skating training she undertook cycling as part of cross-training in summer. She excelled at both, competing nationally at junior level. After becoming a national cycling champion for the fifth time in 2007, she quit speed skating and became a full-time cyclist. Along with her world title successes, Van Dijk has also twice been European track champion, three times European time trial champion and has won six World Cup races. In 2012, she competed in three disciplines at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she helped Marianne Vos win the gold medal in the road race, finished eighth in the time trial and sixth in the team pursuit.

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Personal life

Van Dijk with her family and friends in 2016 Women's road race - Rio 2016 (28449015814).jpg
Van Dijk with her family and friends in 2016

Ellen van Dijk grew up in Harmelen, Utrecht together with her two older brothers, her father Nico and her mother Anneke. [4] Besides speed skating and cycling, she also played volleyball and performed gymnastics when she was a child. [4] Van Dijk left Harmelen for her study to Amsterdam in 2006, where she still lives. During the first years in Amsterdam she shared her apartment with Mariëlle Kerste, her best friend and also a Dutch cyclist. Kerste moved out a few years later and Van Dijk has since shared an apartment with the Dutch cyclist Hannah Walter. [4] In December 2014 Van Dijk moved to Woerden.

Harmelen Town in Utrecht, Netherlands

Harmelen is a town in the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is a part of the municipality of Woerden, and lies about 6 km east of Woerden.

Utrecht City and municipality in the province of Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrecht is the fourth-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands, capital and most populous city of the province of Utrecht. It is located in the eastern corner of the Randstad conurbation, and in the very centre of mainland Netherlands, and had a population of 345,080 in 2017.

Woerden City and Municipality in Utrecht, Netherlands

Woerden is a city and a municipality in the central Netherlands. Due to its central location between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, and the fact that it has rail and road connections to those cities, it is a popular town for commuters who work in those cities.

Van Dijk graduated from Minkema College, Woerden, in 2005 and earned a bachelor's degree in Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2011. [5] [6] After the Olympics she started her master's degree, but didn't have time to complete it. [6]

Minkema College secondary school in Woerden, Netherlands

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Sport career

Speed skating

Van Dijk started her career as a speed skater. As a very young child, she had performed in natural ice skating tours and, at the age of eight, she became a member of a local speed skating club. During the winter months, Van Dijk trained almost every day at the local speed skating rink in Utrecht. She did this from when she was aged twelve until she was twenty years old. Van Dijk competed five times in the junior Dutch Allround Championships; she finished in tenth place on two occasions in the all-around competition and in fourth place in the 3000m in 2005. [7] [8] She also rode the track record at the 5000 metres. [9]

The Dutch Allround Championships of speed skating, organised by the KNSB, is the official Dutch championship to determine the Dutch Allround champion, in contrast to the KNSB Dutch Single Distance Championships, which determines a Dutch champion for each distance. The Allround distance championships date back to 1901 for men and 1955 for women.

Early cycling years

When she was ten years old, Van Dijk started, together with her two brothers and Mariëlle Kerste, cross-training on a bike during the summer and she began competing in regional races. Because Van Dijk performed well, she started competing in national races at the age of 15 in 2002. [8] In the same year, in her first national championship, she finished in fourth place. The following year, she won the Dutch national road championship in the novice category. [10] In 2004, Van Dijk won two more national titles, this time as a junior, in the road race and in the road individual time trial. In the latter, she beat Marianne Vos, though Vos would avenge her defeat in Road World Championships in Verona, Italy. Vos won the junior road race world title, with Van Dijk finishing third. In 2005, Van Dijk again won the Dutch national junior title in the individual time trial but finished second in the road race, again behind Vos. [10] In 2007, when Van Dijk was considered for selection in regional speed skating, she had to choose between speed skating and cycling– ultimately, she chose cycling. [8]

National road cycling championships

National road cycling championships are held annually by host nations in each cycle racing discipline. The annual events can take place at any time of the year. European nations usually holds their annual events in June, during a designed break in the professional calendar.

Individual time trial road bicycle race time trial for an individual

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Marianne Vos Dutch cyclo-cross, road bicycle racer and track racer

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Professional career

2006

Van Dijk achieved two stage victories in the Tour Féminin en Limousin and in the Giro della Toscana. In the middle of the season, Van Dijk suffered a clavicle fracture and as a result was hampered in the national championships. [11] She finished 10th at the U-23 European Championships in Valkenburg [10] and at the World University Cycling Championship, Van Dijk won the individual time trial and finished second in the road race. [12] At the end of the season, Van Dijk was a reserve at the road world championships but she did not race. [13] At the Dutch National Track Championships she won bronze in the individual pursuit.

2007

Van Dijk won the first stage in the Tour of Chongming Island and finished second in the general classification. At the national time trial championships she became for the first time Dutch champion in the elite category. In the time trial at the European Championships (under-23) she finished fifth. Due to her good results in the time trials she was chosen to represent the Netherlands in the time trial at the Road World Championships in Stuttgart where she finished 17th. [14] Due to her good results she became sportswomen of the year of Woerden. [15] Because Van Dijk had more spare time in the winter after quitting speed skating, she was invited to join the Dutch national track cycling team. [8] At the national track championships she became Dutch champion in the individual pursuit, ahead of Marianne Vos and Kirsten Wild, and finished fourth in the scratch race and points race. [10]

2008

Due to her good results at the national track cycling championships, Van Dijk was chosen to ride the individual pursuit in the remaining two (out of four) 2007–2008 track cycling World Cups, where she could, via the UCI World Ranking system, potentially earn qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games. She finished in Los Angeles and Copenhagen in fifth and fourth places respectively. After finishing fifth in the individual pursuit at the World Track Championships in Manchester, Van Dijk missed out on qualification for the Olympic games; she finished 12th in the UCI World Rankings and only the first eleven riders qualified. [16] The day after she took revenge by winning her first major senior title, the scratch race at the 2008 World Cycling Championships. With eight laps to go she attacked and rode solo to the finish line. [17] Later that year, she also became European Track Championships in the scratch as well as in the points race. She rode to the silver medal in the omnium and the individual pursuit events. [10] Despite not winning a medal at the Dutch time trial championships she won the time trial at the European Championships (under-23). She was not selected to ride the time trial at the Summer Olympics, because the course would be too heavy for her. [18] [19]

2009

On the track, Van Dijk followed other competitors by riding with a heavier gear. [20] The change seemed to bear fruit when, in February at the Track Cycling World Cup in Copenhagen, she won her first two World Cup victories in the individual pursuit and points race and won a silver medal in the team pursuit. A month later at the Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszków, Poland, she failed to live up to her billing as world champion and her performances were not as good as those than in Copenhagen in February and in Manchester the year before. Indeed, Van Dijk did not reach the podium in any event. [20] In spite of her disappointing performance in Pruszków, Van Dijk was approached by, and soon agreed to join, the professional road cycling team Team Columbia–High Road Women. Although the name of the team has changed on a number of occasions since, Van Dijk rode for this team until 2013. The road season did not start well as Van Dijk suffered a concussion in a crash during the Ronde van Gelderland in April and she was unable to ride for nearly six weeks. [21] Almost immediately after having recovered from her injury, she defended successfully her European time trial title at the European Road Championships in July. [21] After riding the time trial at the Road World Championships, Van Dijk took some rest in preparation for the Track Cycling World Cups. She skipped the National track championships, which were held two weeks after the World Championships. [22]

2010

Van Dijk did not reach the finals at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, finishing fifth in both the individual pursuit and the team pursuit events. She also participated in the points race as a late replacement and finished eighth. [23] Van Dijk won the time trial on the road in the Holland Ladies Tour en route to finishing third in the final general classification standings. She won the Sparkassen Giro and finished second in the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup race in Sweden. At the Dutch Track Championships, Van Dijk won five medals including gold in the individual pursuit. [10]

2011

Ellen van Dijk in 2011, riding for HTC-High Road. 2011 Draai van de Kaai, Ellen van Dijk.jpg
Ellen van Dijk in 2011, riding for HTC-High Road.

Van Dijk cycled in the team pursuit to a national team time trial record at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. A month later however she rode with the team three seconds slower at the Track Cycling World Championships and finished in 5th place; the same position in which Van Dijk finished in the individual pursuit.

Van Dijk started the road cycling season by winning all three classifications (yellow jersey, points and young rider) in the Ladies Tour of Qatar, including winning the second stage. Van Dijk dedicated her stage and overall win to teammate Carla Swart, who died whilst training after being hit by a truck a few weeks earlier. The price money she earned in Qatar was sent to her family. [24] [25] After riding stage races in the Netherlands, China and Spain she finished second at the Dutch time trial championships in Veendam and qualified for the World Championships later the year. A month later, in Sweden, she rode two World Cup races, winning the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT and finishing second in the Open de Suède Vårgårda. As preparation for the World Championships she won the time trial at the Holland Ladies Tour. At the World Championships in Copenhagen she finished 6th in the time trial and was the best Dutch rider. [26] Returning to the track, Van Dijk won the Track Cycling World Cup in Astana in a new national record, which was her fourth World Cup victory. At the end of the year she successfully defended her Dutch individual pursuit title at the Dutch National Track Championships and also became national champion in the madison. [10] [27]

2012

After a knee injury due to an accident with a scooter and a few weeks of required rest and adjusted training, [4] [28] Van Dijk won a stage in the Energiewacht Tour; because she did not earn enough bonus seconds during the tour she finished second in the general classification. Van Dijk also won the individual time trial and the road race in the Omloop van Borsele. [29] A few days later she started in the Gracia-Orlova, where she won the prologue and a stage and helped her teammate Evelyn Stevens to win the general classification. Back in the Netherlands, in Emmen, she became the Dutch time trial champion in the elite category for the second time in her career.

Ellen van Dijk supported by Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his family at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ellen van Dijk, Time Trial Olympic Summer Games 2012.jpg
Ellen van Dijk supported by Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his family at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Van Dijk was selected to represent her country at the Olympic Games in London, and she competed in the road race and the individual time trial on the road and in the team pursuit on the track. In the road race, Van Dijk was a domestique for Marianne Vos, who won the gold medal. Van Dijk attacked five times but finished outside the time limit. [30] Because the victory of Marianne Vos was seen as a team performance, Van Dijk, Loes Gunnewijk and Annemiek van Vleuten were all subsequently honoured in both the Holland Heineken House and the Ridderzaal. [31] [32] In the time trial, Van Dijk finished eighth. She said afterwards that she was afraid to start too fast and subsequently lost a lot of time in the first part of the race. [33] In the team pursuit, Van Dijk finished sixth together with Kirsten Wild, Amy Pieters and Vera Koedooder. In the qualification heats, the team had held the Olympic record for a short period and they rode a new Dutch national record in round one. According to Van Dijk, sixth place was the highest attainable place the team could have hoped to achieve. [34]

As preparation for the Road World Championships, Van Dijk and her Team Specialized–lululemon won the team time trials at the World Cup (Vargarda) and in the Holland Ladies Tour. In between these victories, Van Dijk won the first and final stages of the Lotto-Decca Tour and as a result also topped the general classification, finishing ahead of Kirsten Wild in second place. At the World Road Championships in Valkenburg Van Dijk became world champion in the team time trial with Team Specialized–lululemon. [35] Three days later, Van Dijk finished fifth in the individual time trial on a hilly course that she afterwards described as being "not made for me". [36] During the road race, she was a casualty in a crash involving 50 riders and did not finish the race. [37] During the winter period she chose not to ride on the track to keep her focus completely on the 2013 road cycling season. [38]

2013

Ellen van Dijk won the women's time trial at the World Championships. The podium of the women's time trial at the 2013 UCI Road World Championships (2).JPG
Ellen van Dijk won the women's time trial at the World Championships.

Van Dijk started the season with a third place in the general classification of the Ladies Tour of Qatar. During the season openers Van Dijk rode very well highlighted by her victory in the Le Samyn des Dames. In the first three UCI World Cup races Van Dijk finished two times second (Ronde van Drenthe, Tour of Flanders) and rode to a third place in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy. Her second stage race of the season, the Energiewacht Tour included the first individual time trial of the season which she won with a big difference. After also finishing two times second she won the general classification. About the time trial she said later that she had been tested on her time trial position during her stay in Italy . After a day of testing and adjusting the position of the sadle and the steer she found a better position which she was able to maintain for almost half an hour. [38] She also said that she rode at a higher power than in the time trials at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 World Championships. [39] Van Dijk also improved riding uphill and finished sixt in the fourth World Cup race, the hilly La Flèche Wallonne. Her time trial continued to go well and she won the time trials at the EPZ Omloop van Borsele and two time trial stages in the Gracia-Orlová. She also won a mountain stage, the queen stage, in the Gracia-Orlová and so the general classification. In June she successfully defended her National Time Trial title in Winsum. A few days later she rode in medal position during the National Road Race Championships but had to abandon the race due to a broken derailleur in the second last lap. [40] At the Giro d'Italia Femminile, the most prestigious stage race in women's cycling, she won stage 8, an individual time trial. With Specialized–lululemon she won World Cup team time trial at the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT. After the last two World Cup races, the Open de Suède Vårgårda where she finished fourth and the GP de Plouay which she did not ride to prepare for the last stage races, she finished third in the overall World Cup standings. She rode strong during the stage races and won the general classification of the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour as well as of the Holland Ladies Tour, including the team time trial stages.

As a preparation for the World Championships in Tuscany Van Dijk went during the season a few times to Italy to practise the time trial course. She trained at five in the morning to avoid traffic and made video recordings of the course to get to know the turns. [41] In the week before the World Championships she won the French time trial Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen. All the preparations paid off and the World Championships were very successful for Van Dijk. With her team she won for the second consecutive year the world title in the team time trial. Because Van Dijk had won almost all the time trials this year she was also the main favourite for the individual time trial. Despite the pressure she won the time trial with a convincing victory and became the second Dutch women to win this title. [42] At the end of the championships, Van Dijk finished 16th on a non-preferable hilly road race course.

Due to her successful season she ended third in the 2013 Women's Road World Ranking. At the end of the year Van Dijk won the title Amsterdam Sportswoman of the year. [43] She was nominated previous years but never won the title. She was also nominated to become Dutch cyclist of the year but lost from Marianne Vos. [44]

2014

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Van Dijk on the podium after winning the Tour of Flanders.

In October 2013 Van Dijk announced that she signed a three-year contract with Boels Dolmans Cycling Team. She is a teammate of among others Lizzie Armitstead, Katarzyna Pawłowska and Christine Majerus. The time trial at the 2016 Summer Olympics will be her big goal. [45] She will keep her focus on time trials, world cup races and flat short stage races. [46] Due to her focus on road cycling, she will not compete on the track. [46] Van Dijk was not able to start in the Ladies Tour of Qatar because she did not recover in time from an illness after riding mountainbikerace Egmond-pier-Egmond. [47] She got back her shape during the first races and just missed the podium in the GP Le Samyn. [48] At the first World Cup race of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe, Van Dijk helped teammate Lizzie Armitstead to victory by closing a massive gap in the final of the race. [49]

Van Dijk won the Tour of Flanders after a solo of 25 kilometres in April. After her time trial victory at the World Championships in 2013, it is her major victory of her career according to herself. [50] At the end of April, Ellen van Dijk won for the third consecutive the time trial at the Omloop van Borsele. The day afterwards Van Dijk finished third in the road race which ended with a bunch sprint. As part of the same time trial competition, Van Dijk did not win the time trial at the GP Leende a month later. She finished second behind former teammate Lisa Brennauer. Van Dijk responded that here average power during the time trial was not great but also not very bad and that Brennauer is a world class time trialist. [51] Two days later she finished again second in the prologue of the Elsy Jacobs stage race, two seconds behind Marianne Vos.

At the Boels Rental Hills Classic Van Dijk was part of front group that consisted of six riders which fell apart into a group of three riders. With an uphill finish, Van Dijk lost the sprint from Johansson (Orica-AIS) and finished second ahead of Amy Pieters (Rabo Liv). Van Dijk won the mountain classification of the race. [52] In June, Van Dijk started as the main favourite at the Dutch National Time Trial Championships, but did not win her fourth time trial title. She finished second, with a margin of only 0.02 seconds, behind Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo Liv). Van Dijk was disappointed and responded that she was not that good as in 2013 without having a real explanation for it. [53]

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Van Dijk winning the time trial of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Van Dijk participated at La Course by Le Tour de France, the inaugural edition of a women's race on the final day and on the same circuit of the Tour de France with worldwide broadcasting. Van Dijk attacked multiple times and was the only women who was able to get clear for a few laps with a maximal advantage of over half a minute. [54] At the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT, where she finished third with her team, she got some confidence back about her time trial performances. In begin September Van Dijk won the time trial of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, with a 12 seconds gap over her main rival Lisa Brennauer. Her first international time trial victory of the season. [55] With the other stages ending in a bunch sprint and sprinters winning the bonification seconds, Van Dijk finished third in the general classification. A final test for het time trial capabilities before the World Championships was at the Chrono Champenois ITT. Halfway the 33.40 kilometres (20.8 miles) time trial she had a 39 seconds advantage over Hanna Solovey, but she finished second 8 seconds behind her because she lost about a minute after riding the wrong direction. [56]

2015

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Van Dijk winning stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar
Van Dijk won with Boels-Dolmans the silver medal in the team time trial at the world championships Richmond 2015 UCI (20927226953).jpg
Van Dijk won with Boels-Dolmans the silver medal in the team time trial at the world championships

Van Dijk started the season as usual with the Ladies Tour of Qatar. She won the second stage and took the lead in the general classification. The day afterwards teammate Lizzie Armitstead took over the leading jersey. Van Dijk ended the tour in third place in the overall classification. During the first European race of the season, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, van Dijk escaped from a front group of 15 riders on the Molenberg with 30 km to go. Anna van der Breggen was the only one who was able to follow her. The duo extended their advantage over the cobbled sections that followed, holding off the chase group to the line, where Van Dijk lost the two-up sprint. [57] A few days later Van Dijk rode again strong in the Le Samyn des Dames. In the final kilometers she closed a one-minute gap with the front group. After closing the gap she was the leadout for Chantal Blaak who sprinted to victory. Due to a back injury, Van Dijk could not start in Omloop van het Hageland. In the first World Cup of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe, the team was eager to win. In the final Van Dijk was the lead-out for Armitstead. However, Armitstead lost Van Dijk in the last kilometer. Van Dijk continued sprinting and rode to the third place. She was happy with her result, but found it a shame that the team did not win. During the second World Cup race, the Trofeo Alfredo Bina Van Dijk couldn't ride uphill with the fastest riders and finished eighth, with teammate Armitstead taking the win. For the Tour of Flanders, Van Dijk heard a day before the race she was not as a leader of the team, although Van Dijk won this World Cup race previous year. Because Van Dijk prepared very well for this race she was disappointed, and didn't ride a good race finishing 24th. Van Dijk rode several races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain in April, May and the begin of the June. The most notable results from these race being a second place in the team time trial in the Energiewacht Tour and a second place in Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, being outsprinted by Gracie Elvin. Van Dijk was selected to represent the Netherlands at the first 2015 European Games in the time trial and the road race in Baku, Azerbaijan in June. The time trial was her big goal and she was the favorite to win it. With a good race over the straight circuit she was 36 seconds faster than the Ukrainian Hanna Solovey and won the first gold medal for the Netherlands. In the road race she was part of front group of four riders, together with countrywomen Anna van der Breggen. During the last lap it appeared that Van der Breggen rode for her Polish trade-teammate Katarzyna Niewiadoma and not for the Netherlands. Van Dijk was the brunt of these tactics and finished fourth. Four days later, back in the Netherlands, she was not able to win the national time trial championships, finishing almost half a minute behind Van der Breggen.

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Van Dijk at the time trial world championships

During the La Course by Le Tour de France the rain poured down and made the course and cobbles slippery. Van Dijk was involved by one of the many crashes. She broke het collarbone and had to abandon the race. [58] At home she had installed a high-altitude tent, and with a speedy recovery she went with Iris Slappendel to Switzerland to train at high altitude. Six weeks after her crash she could race again and started in the 2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour on 1 September. She rode in the stage race stronger every day and finished second in the time trial, two seconds behind of Lisa Brennauer. She moved to the third place in the general classification and was able to keep this position.

At the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, United States, she won the silver medal with her team in the team time trial. In the time trial she finished disappointingly seventh. A reason for her performance was that her rear wheal was not well attached in the frame. Her wheel ran into the frame, damaging her tire and puncturing her inner tube. For the road race she rode for Anna van der Breggen who won the silver medal and finished in tenth place herself.

2016

Van Dijk at the Olympic road race Rio 2016 - Women's road race (28556842633).jpg
Van Dijk at the Olympic road race

Van Dijk started the road race season also this year with the Ladies Tour of Qatar. It was very windy and Van Dijk lost some time in the second stage because she rode in the second echelon. In the third stage she was part of the front group. In the last few kilometres she was able to ride away and won the stage, in the same city as she won the year before. She moved up to the third place in the general classification and maintained this position, with teammate Romy Kasper finishing in second place overall. At the Omloop het Nieuwsblad at the end of February, Van Dijk attacked at the last climb. She was caught and finished the race in arrears due to a bike change. Due to a crash during the race she went to the hospital afterwards and it appears she had one broken and some bruised ribs. [59] She was not able to race for several weeks and returned in the women's peloton mid March. She rode strong for the Boels–Dolmans at the classic cycle races like World Tour races Gent–Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders for Women. Van Dijk had a very successful Energiewacht Tour. With her team she won the team time trial first stage. During the early sprint finished she was able to didn't loose any time. After winning the time trial of stage 4b she led the general classification. Van Dijk didn't give away her advantage in the last stage, and so she won after 2013 for the second time the Energiewacht Tour. After racing more international races from April to May the first championships of the season was the 2016 Dutch national time trial championships. However, due to a back injury she was not able to start. [60] In the road race of the national championships a few days later she was not able win from the Rabo–Liv who played it smart with their large number of riders. In July she won the time trial of the Thüringen Rundfahrt stage race, beating national champion Annemiek van Vleuten. For two stages she led the general classification but was not able to keep the yellow jersey after a breakaway of two riders got a too large advantage.

Career achievements

Major results

Road

2006
World University Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg Road race
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Giro della Toscana
1st Stage 2 Tour Féminin en Limousin
2007
1st Profronde van Stiphout
2nd Overall Tour of Chongming Island
1st Stage 1
2008
Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Tour Féminin en Limousin
3rd Overall Rabo Ster Zeeuwsche Eilanden
2009
1st Stage 1 (ITT) Giro della Toscana
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Holland Ladies Tour
1st Jersey blue.svg Young rider classification Tour of Qatar
2010
1st Sparkassen Giro Bochum
2nd Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT
3rd Overall Holland Ladies Tour
1st Stage 6 (ITT)
2011
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Silver jersey.jpg Points classification
1st Jersey blue.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
1st Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT
1st Stage 2 (ITT) Holland Ladies Tour
2nd Open de Suède Vårgårda
2012
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Lotto-Decca Tour
1st Stage 3
1st Time trial, EPZ Omloop van Borsele
1st EPZ Omloop van Borsele Time trial
1st Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Holland Ladies Tour
Gracia Orlová
1st Prologue & Stage 2
2nd Overall Energiewacht Tour
1st Stage 4b (ITT)
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2013
UCI Road World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow chrono.svg Time trial
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Gracia-Orlová
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Prologue, Stages 2 & 4
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Energiewacht Tour
1st Stage 3a (ITT)
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1st Jersey orange.svg Overall Holland Ladies Tour
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
1st Time trial, EPZ Omloop van Borsele
1st Le Samyn des Dames
1st Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT
1st Chrono Champenois
1st Stage 8 (ITT) Giro Rosa
2nd Ronde van Drenthe
2nd Tour of Flanders
3rd Overall UCI Road World Rankings
3rd Overall UCI Women's Road World Cup
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
3rd Trofeo Alfredo Binda
2014
1st Tour of Flanders
1st EPZ Omloop van Borsele
1st RaboRonde Heerlen
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Chrono Champenois
2nd Boels Rental Hills Classic
3rd Overall Boels Rental Ladies Tour
1st Stage 1 (ITT)
3rd Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT
3rd Road race, EPZ Omloop van Borsele
4th Overall Festival Luxembourgeois du cyclisme féminin Elsy Jacobs
4th Le Samyn des Dames
2015
European Games
1st Gold medal blank.svg Time trial
4th Road race
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2nd Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2
3rd Overall Boels Rental Ladies Tour
3rd Ronde van Drenthe
2016
UCI Road World Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial
1st EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Energiewacht Tour
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 4b (ITT)
1st Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT
2nd Overall Boels Rental Ladies Tour
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
2017
UCI Road World Championships
1st Gold medal blank.svg Team time trial
5th Time trial
1st EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Healthy Ageing Tour
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 1a (ITT)
1st Tour de Okinawa
National Road Championships
2nd Time trial
5th Road race
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
2nd Gooik–Geraardsbergen–Gooik
3rd Overall Ladies Tour of Norway
1st Prologue
4th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2018
1st EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey violet.svg Overall La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta
1st Stage 1 (TTT)
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
1st Omloop van het Hageland
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro Rosa
2nd Overall Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Stage 7 (ITT)
UCI Road World Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial
5th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Tour of Flanders
9th Strade Bianche
10th Ronde van Drenthe
2019
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships

Track

Results timelines

Grand Tour results timeline
Stage race2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Giro d'Italia Femminile DNF 94 24 26 23 33
Stage race results timeline
Stage race2009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Grand Prix Elsy Jacobs 411
Tour of California Did not exist
Emakumeen Euskal Bira DNF74111322DNF
Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Südtirol
The Women's Tour Did not exist1413512
Internationale Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen DNF38DNF322
Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour Did not exist11
Ladies Tour of Norway Did not exist3
Boels Rental Ladies Tour 213DNF12133232
Giro della Toscana Int. Femminile DNF

Major championship results

Road

Event20022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Gold medal olympic.svg Olympic Games Time trialNot HeldNot HeldNot Held 8 Not Held 4 Not Held
Road race OTL 21
Jersey rainbow.svg World Championships Time trial 7 [lower-alpha 1] 17 20 20 6 5 1 7 7 2 5 3
Road race 3 [lower-alpha 1] 7 [lower-alpha 1] DNF 16 29 10 85 15 60
Team time trial Race did not exist 1 1 5 2 1 1 3
European champion jersey 2016.svg European Championships Time trial 5 [lower-alpha 2] 1 [lower-alpha 2] 1 [lower-alpha 2] 111
Road race 10 [lower-alpha 2] 11 [lower-alpha 2] 31 [lower-alpha 2] 24 [lower-alpha 2] 6119
Gold medal blank.svg European Games Time trialEvent did not exist1Not Held
Road race4
MaillotHolanda.PNG National Championships Time trial 3 [lower-alpha 3] 1 [lower-alpha 1] 1 [lower-alpha 1] 7 1 4 3 7 2 1 1 2 2DNS21
Road race 4 [lower-alpha 3] 1 [lower-alpha 3] 1 [lower-alpha 1] 2 [lower-alpha 1] 261820 9 1611 DNF 35122457
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Track

Event2006200720082009201020112012
Gold medal olympic.svg Olympic Games Team pursuitNot HeldNot Held 6
Jersey rainbow.svg World Championships Individual pursuit 5 6 5 5
Points race 15 8
Scratch 1 6
Team pursuit 6 4 5 5
UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Championships Individual pursuit 2 [lower-alpha 2]
Omnium 2 9
Points race 1 [lower-alpha 2]
Scratch 1 [lower-alpha 2]
Team pursuit 9 5
MaillotHolanda.PNG National ChampionshipsIndividual pursuit 3 1 1 1 1
Madison 2 1
Omnium 2
Points race 9 4 4 3
Scratch 4 2 3 6
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
Sources: [10] [61]

Dutch national records for team pursuit

The women's 3000 m team pursuit track cycling discipline was introduced at the 2007–08 track cycling season. The Dutch team consisting of Ellen van Dijk, Marlijn Binnendijk and Yvonne Hijgenaar rode the team pursuit for the first time at Round 4 at the 2007–08 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Copenhagen in a time of 3:36.901 (49.792 km/h). They broke the record later that day. After have ridden the team pursuit for the first time, the record has been broken nine times. Van Dijk is the only woman who always has been part of the squad when a record was broken. The current record was settled during the 2012 Summer Olympics by Van Dijk, Kirsten Wild and Vera Koedooder in a time of 3:20.013 (53.996 km/h) on 4 August 2012. After the 2011–12 track cycling season the UCI changed the discipline into a 4000 m team pursuit with 4 riders.

Personal records

Speed skating
DistanceTimeDateIce Rink
500 meter43.7230 October 2006 Thialf, Heerenveen
1000 meter1:26.415 February 2005 De Smelt, Assen
1500 meter2:09.004 November 2005 Thialf, Heerenveen
3000 meter4:27.0518 March 2005 Thialf, Heerenveen
5000 meter7:41.9317 March 2006 Thialf, Heerenveen
Track cycling
DisciplineTimeDateEventVelodrome
Individual pursuit (3000 m)3:32.50527 March 2008 Track Cycling World Championships Manchester Velodrome
Team pursuit (3000 m)3:20.013 NR 4 August 2012 Olympic Games London Velodrome
Sources: [72]

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Van Dijk competed in the junior race.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Van Dijk competed in the under-23 race.
  3. 1 2 3 Van Dijk competed in the novices race.

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Further reading

Jeanine Laudy, Jan Willem Verkiel,: Strijd in het vrouwenpeloton: de Giro door de ogen van Marianne Vos en Ellen van Dijk ( ISBN   9043916145), Tirion Sport ‹See Tfd› (in Dutch). The story of Ellen van Dijk and Marianne Vos of the 2011 Giro d'Italia Femminile.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Flag of Cuba.svg  Yumari González  (CUB)
Track Cycling World Champion (scratch race)
2008
Succeeded by
Flag of Cuba.svg  Yumari González  (CUB)
Preceded by
Flag of Germany.svg  Judith Arndt  (GER)
Road Cycling World Champion (time trial)
2013
Succeeded by
Flag of Germany.svg  Lisa Brennauer  (GER)
Preceded by
Inaugural event
Road Cycling World Champion (team time trial)
Specialized–lululemon
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Specialized–lululemon
Preceded by
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Lizzie Armitstead  (GBR)
U-23 European Track Champion (scratch race)
2008
Succeeded by
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Anna Blyth  (GBR)
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Marlijn Binnendijk  (NED)
U-23 European Track Champion (points race)
2008
Succeeded by
Flag of Italy.svg  Marta Tagliaferro  (ITA)
Preceded by
Flag of Denmark.svg  Linda Villumsen  (DEN)
U-23 European Road Champion (time trial)
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Flag of Russia.svg  Alexandra Burchenkova  (RUS)