Ellen van Dijk wins World Championships ITT: It has been a dream for so long to get the world title again
Sep 21 2021 05:49 am CET

Ellen van Dijk wins World Championships ITT: It has been a dream for so long to get the world title again
Ellen van Dijk wins World Championships ITT: It has been a dream for so long to get the world title again
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Ellen van Dijk (The Netherlands, Trek-Segafredo) has taken the victory at the Individual Time Trial of the World Championships of Flanders 2021.

It took the Dutchwoman eight years to return to the highest spot of the podium at the fight against the clock of the World Championships. After taking the Rainbow jersey in 2013, she finished in third position in 2018 and 2020, and in the second in 2016, always close but never quite there again.

On the 30.3-kilometre route between Knokke-Heist and Bruges, Van Dijk rode at an average speed of 50 kilometres per hour, and stopped the clock in 36 minutes and five seconds, being 10 seconds faster than the Swiss Marlen Reusser and 24 seconds faster than her compatriot and Gold medal winner of the ITT at the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, Annemiek van Vleuten.

"I didn’t know I would become so emotional, but this has been a dream for so long to get the world title again," said the Dutchwoman. "This year everything felt so good, but there was always Marlen Reusser who was so strong this year. I knew I had a really good level, but I also knew that she is super, super strong, and the last couple of weeks she beat me at every time trial, so I knew it would be very difficult, and I would have to ride my best ever time trial.

"I think it was good, but I had no idea if it was good enough because I started one hour earlier than the favourites. I was also in doubt about the wind, whether it would be in my disadvantage or not. Marlen had a faster intermediate time, and I thought she would be faster [at the finish], and then I saw she lost seconds in the end… I can’t quite believe it. It’s been a dream for so long."

Van Dijk had to wait for some time at the hot seat, an experience she didn't enjoy very much. "It was quite horrible," she explained. "It’s nerve-wracking; you sit there with nothing to do. When I arrived in the hot seat, Annemiek still had to start. I really didn’t know what my time trial was worth. People said to me, it was a really good time trial; I knew it was good, but I didn’t know if it was good enough.

"Time trialing is my favourite discipline, it’s something I love with all my heart, and it just feels like it’s my discipline. I knew this would be a really good course for me. I put everything into this, and that it worked out for me, this is a dream come true!"
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