Chantal Blaak starts at World Championships road race in a supporting role: The red-white-and-blue kit is waiting for me!
Sep 29 2018 12:34 am CET

Chantal Blaak starts at World Championships road race in a supporting role: The red-white-and-blue kit is waiting for me!
Chantal Blaak starts at World Championships road race in a supporting role: The red-white-and-blue kit is waiting for me!
Photo of Chantal Blaak by Boels-Dolmans

Current World Champion Chantal Blaak is set to start at the road race of the World Championships of Innsbruck with the Netherlands without any pressure to revalidate her title.

Blaak is part of one of the favourite teams to give a good performance at the road race and she knows the role she will perform at the event. "I’m pretty relaxed about it because the course doesn’t really suit me," she commented.

"Of course I’m motivated to make it a great race and I know that’s possible. I hope to be able to do my part for the Dutch team, I’ll be happy then."

The Dutchwoman has enjoyed her year with the rainbow jersey. "I had a good year and I’m really satisfied," Blaak explained. "It was very new for me, especially at the beginning, I had to get used to everything that was going on. But when the season started and I had grown into my role it was all just great fun.

"The only difference, in the end, was that I wore a different shirt. Of course, there was some pressure, but I think I’ve only grown because of it, both physically and mentally. I’ve gotten a bit stronger over the year, but the most important thing is that I really enjoyed wearing the rainbow jersey."

But Blaak will still wear a special shirt in the upcoming season. "The past year has flown by," she said. "Highlights included winning the Amstel Gold Race and the last stage in the Ladies Tour, that was really special. But my personal highlight was prolonging my national road title in the world championships jersey. The red-white-and-blue kit is waiting for me!."




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