Chasing blue, white and stars at Glasgow 2018

26 July 2018

No less than six disciplines will have their combined European Championships in Glasgow next week, road and track cycling included. Six riders of the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team will travel to the event to participate in one or more races. 

Four riders, three countries in the road race

Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen and world champion Chantal Blaak will represent the Netherlands in the road race, with Van der Breggen also participating in the individual time trial. Van der Breggen returns to the European Road Championships as the 2016 winner, attempting to take back the white, blue and starred jersey.

Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus and Anna Plichta will also take to the start in the road race, Plichta will furthermore don the red and white national outfit of Poland in the time trial. 

"We are motivated and hoping for a medal," said Plichta about the ambitions of the Polish team. "We don't have too much pressure in our team, because we don't have the favourite within our team. Maybe that helps. We don't need to control the race. Kasia Pawłowska is our rider if the race finishes in a bunch sprint, but we always race aggressively, so I think you can expect same this year."

"I love to race with the national team just as much as I like racing with Boels-Dolmans," said Plichta about swapping orange for red and white. "There's a good atmosphere in the national team and it's pleasure to wear the white and red jersey, to represent my country. That's always a special feeling."

Denmark vs the Netherlands on the track

Amy Pieters and Amalie Dideriksen will be meeting each other on the track, where Pieters will ride the elimination race plus the madison together with track partner Kirsten Wild (Wiggle-High5). Pieters and Wild earned silver at the 2018 World Track Championships in the discipline.

Dideriksen will ride the omnium, points race and madison with Julie Leth (Wiggle-High5). Dideriksen earned silver on the omnium at Track Worlds earlier this year. 

"I had a good training camp with the national team," said Dideriksen. "It was nice to get a good block of training before the last part of the season. I am curious to see my level now."

"I think I have trained well on the road, but you can never be sure of how the races will go," she continued. "It is a long time since I have been riding on the track both racing and training, last time was Worlds in the beginning of March."

"My goal is to bring home a medal," Dideriksen stated. "Denmark is also starting up a new women's madison project towards Tokyo 2020 and the Europeans will be an indication of where we are and how much work there is in front of us the next two years."

The races

The women's road race takes place on Saturday 5 August at 12.30pm GMT, the peloton will race on a 15-kilometer circuit in the city centre of Glasgow. 

"The course looks pretty technical and will be a true interval race with a lot of short hills," said Plichta about the course. "So it's important to stay focused during the entire race and to stay in the front. A breakaway can be dangerous on this type of course, because there is a real possibility it can make it to the finish."

In the individual time trial, held on Wednesday 8 August between 8.45 and 11.45am GMT. Van der Breggen will have to complete a 32-kilometer route with start at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, passing the Botanical Gardens, going northwards to East Dunbartonshire and finishing back in Glasgow Green.

The venue for the track races is the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, named after the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time. Dideriksen is first up with the points race on Saturday 4 August, which is followed by Pieters' elimination race on Sunday 5 August.

All four races in the women's omnium are held on Monday 6 August and the madison is the last event on Tuesday 7 August. 

To summarize, these are the races in which Boels-Dolmans riders will take to the start (times in GMT):

  • Saturday 4 August: points race, 1.45-5.00pm
  • Sunday 5 August: elimination race 8.45am-12.45pm & road race 12.30-4.00pm
  • Monday 6 August: omnium, 1.45-9pm
  • Tuesday 7 August: madison, 10.45am-2.30pm 
  • Wednesday 8 August: individual time trial, 8.45-11.45am

How to follow

For all things EuroChamps, visit the official website The races will be live broadcasted Europe-wide on Eurosport, on NOS in the Netherlands and Sporza in Belgium.

On social media, visit the official Twitter account of the event @glasgow2018. Although the official hashtag for the event is #TheMoment, your preferred hashtag is #Glasgow2018 as it's more specific and used in the cycling scene. 

Boels-Dolmans for the European championships: 

Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands – road race & time trial)
Chantal Blaak (The Netherlands – road race)
Anna Plichta (Poland - road race & time trial)
Christine Majerus (Luxembourg - road race)
Amy Pieters (The Netherlands – elimination race & madison)
Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark – points race, omnium & madison)

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