Eight Boels-Dolmans riders to represent their countries at Worlds

17 September 2018

No less than eight of our riders will be donning their national kits next week at the World Road Championships in Innsbrück. While Jip van den Bos is still out with injury and our youngster Skylar Schneider is being given a bit more time to grow, all the other Boels-Dolmans riders will be representing their countries at Worlds. 

Following the team time trial on Sunday, Anna van der Breggen and Karol-Ann Canuel will be back on their time trial bikes on Tuesday for the individual time trial. The former Canadian time trial champion’s best result at the World ITT Championships has been sixth place in 2014, when the event was held in Ponferrada. Canuel has no set goal for this year, though.

“I’m not really sure where I am standing right now in my individual time trial,” explained Canuel. “I’m excited to see actually. I just hope for the moment, I will have a good day and that I can give my best.”

In the road race that follows on Saturday, Canuel will be part of a six-rider Canadian team, while Amy Pieters, Chantal Blaak and Anna van der Breggen take to the start with Team NL, consisting of eight riders – the maximum number of riders a team can bring to Worlds.

The Netherlands will once again be the team to beat, just like last year when eventually Blaak brought home with the rainbow jersey. The defending champion looks back on a great year in the rainbow stripes.

“I had a good year and I’m really satisfied,” Blaak reflects. “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,” she continued. “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.”

“The past year has flown by. 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!”

Blaak therefore doesn’t feel any pressure going into the Worlds road race in Austria. “I’m pretty relaxed about it, because the course doesn’t really suit me,” she said. “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 races

The course for the World Individual Time Trial Championships on Tuesday 25 September will start at the Swarovski Kristallwelten, an experience center and museum centered around the famous jeweller’s family and its company. The first rider will set off at 2.40pm CET.

After ten flattish kilometers, the course goes up over three climbs, while the last five kilometers are downhill to the finish line. The total distance to be covered by the women is 27.8 kilometers.

The women’s events will finish with the elite road race on Saturday 22 September. In the road race too, there’s a flat first half of the course that starts in Kufstein, followed by a big climb on the initial route and one climb on the short lap in the centre of Innsbruck, that the peloton has to take on three times.

The total of altitude meters in the women’s road race is 2413 meters, over a race distance of 174,3 kilometers. The start will be given at 12.00pm CET, with an expected finish around 5pm.

How to follow

The entire 2018 World Road Championships event, including junior and U23 races, will be broadcasted live on Eurosport. In the Netherlands, NOS will be broadcasting the women’s races live, while Sporza will do the same in Belgium.

In Canada, Flobikes.com provides a livestream, while US viewers need to tune into NBC Sports to watch the event.

Of course, there’s always the possibility to follow the races via social media. The official UCI account @UCI_Cycling might come with useful info, but it’s better to follow the official race account on Twitter @ibk_tirol2018, or to check out the official hashtag #InnsbruckTirol2018.

Boels-Dolmans for the Worlds road race:

Chantal Blaak (The Netherlands)
Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands)
Amy Pieters (The Netherlands)
Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)
Megan Guarnier (The United States)
Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)
Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)
Anna Plichta (Poland)

Boels-Dolmans for the Worlds individual time trial:

Anna van der Breggen (The Netherlands)
Karol-Ann Canuel  (Canada)

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