The European championships are over. The Team SD Worx riders were successful, and Marlen Reusser and Lotte Kopecky collected three European titles. Click here for an overview of the European championships for Team SD Worx riders.
Linked race European Road Cycling Championships
- Linked cyclists Lotte Kopecky Elena Cecchini Marlen Reusser Lonneke Uneken Christine Majerus
Track cycling opened the European Championships. Lonneke Uneken and Lotte Kopecky from Team SD Worx were in action. Lonneke Uneken finished tenth in the points race and eighth in the Madison race. Lotte Kopecky took gold at the first possible opportunity. The Belgian had chosen to focus on track cycling and that choice worked out well. Kopecky immediately won gold in the elimination.
A day later she added a European points race title to her tally. As world champion, she dominated the points race and took a three-lap lead. In the omnium - her final number - the race was interrupted for a long time. Kopecky was therefore unable to use the advantage of her big stamina and finished in fourth place.
Kopecky: "This was a successful three days on the track. I immediately felt that the legs were good. The gold medal in the elimination gave me a boost. I did not expect to win the points race like that. I needed these titles mentally after a lesser Tour de France Femmes."
Photos Kopecky: Credit Face Peeters
Next on the programme was the European Time Trial Championships. Outgoing champion Marlen Reusser was keen to defend her title. Although her preparation was not optimal, she performed well. In the first 700 metres, the Swiss rider gained 11 seconds on challenger and world champion Ellen Van Dijk and never relinquished it. At the finish she had 5.77 seconds left. "My communication wasn't working, so I didn't know where I stood. I'm happy to keep my jersey," said Reusser.
Photos Reusser: Credit Getty Images
Last on the programme was the road race. Demi Vollering had to withdraw from the race after her fall in the Tour of Scandinavia. However, Marlen Reusser, Elena Cecchini and Christine Majerus were present. In a very fast race with many attacks, Cecchini worked for Elisa Balsamo. In the inevitable sprint it was Italy versus the Netherlands in a millimetre sprint between Elisa Balsamo and Lorena Wiebes. The 23-year-old Dutch rider came out on top and is the new European champion.
"I didn't dare cheer until it was really certain. I didn't know, I was too focused on the line. There was a lot of pressure and so I am happy that I was able to finish", said Wiebes, who will ride for Team SD Worx from 2024. Both European champions will ride in the SD Worx colours next season.
The European championships mark a wonderful end to the crazy road season for Team SD Worx. The European champion will also ride with the Dutch World team next year. Mischa Bredewold successfully completed a ten-kilometre solo and triumphed atop the VAM mountain, ahead of her teammates at Team SD Worx Lorena Wiebes (silver) and Lotte Kopecky (bronze). "I can't believe it. It feels unreal that I take the European title," Bredewold responded enthusiastically.
Marlen Reusser lived up to her favourites role. With an average speed of 49.828 kilometres per hour, she steamed to her third consecutive European time trial title in Emmen. Silver medallist Anna Henderson followed at 43 seconds, third Caroline Schweinberger at 44 seconds. Defined European champion it is then called. "That I realise the hat-trick is very special. Every time you have to fight for that jersey again. I am happy to wear it for another year," said Marlen Reusser.
In 2023, Team SD Worx had both European champions in the team with Marlen Reusser and Lorena Wiebes. At the European championships in the Netherlands, both are among the top favourites to possibly extend their titles.
2023 was an extremely successful season for Demi Vollering. With final victory in Tour de Romandie, the reigning Dutch champion adds another prestigious race to her impressive list in 2023. That includes, among others, Strade Bianche and the Ardennes tripple, as well as overall victory in the Vuelta a Burgos and, of course, the Tour de France Femmes. Next week the time trial and road race at the European Championships in the Netherlands still await. "The last stage of Tour de Romandie was a real battle. It was difficult to keep everything under control, but I am proud to add the this beautiful race to my palmares."
Demi Vollering is all the way back after a bad cold knocked her out of the Simac Ladies Tour. In the queen stage in the Tour de Romandie, she was alone in front with Kasia Niewiadoma. In the final metres, she sprinted to her 16th win of the season. Team SD Worx had a top day with Marlen Reusser (3rd), Niamh Fisher-Black (5th & best youngster and Anna Shackley (9th) also in the top ten. "This was the perfect team tactic. We want to win the overall classification with Team SD Worx," said winner Demi Vollering.
The 23-year-old Dutch rider was beaten by Sofia Bertizzolo and Karina Schrempf, but third place is a continuation of the strong evolution the youngster is making. "Bummer that I could not finish it off, but I am very happy with the steps I am making," she said.
Marlen Reusser starts the Tour de Romandie (15-17 September) with healthy ambition. In her home race, the Swiss champion wants to ride a short classification. "After a cycling holiday with my boyfriend, the batteries are recharged to bang one last time this season. I hope to finish short in the classification," said Reusser.
In the final stage of the Simac Ladies Tour, Team SD Worx coloured the race. Lotte Kopecky, Lorena Wiebes and Mischa Bredewold were in the front, with Elena Cecchini, Barbara Guarischi and Femke Markus stopping at the back. After which Lotte Kopecky launched Lorena Wiebes into the sprint with a firm lead-out. The European champion steamed to the stage win, the world champion took the overall win. "After three second places, I really wanted to win the sprint today. We rode a strong Simac Ladies Tour with three stage wins and the overall victory," said Lorena Wiebes.
Demi Vollering is leaving the Simac Ladies Tour due to illness. The Dutch road champion is suffering from a bad cold. It was therefore decided not to start in Valkenburg for the fourth stage of the Dutch stage race as a precaution. Vollering normally still rides Tour de Romandie (15-17 September) and the time trial (20 September) and the road race at the European Championships (23 October) this season. "Demi was not feeling super in the past few days, but tried to push on. But now that it turns out she is sick, resting is the only right choice. Hopefully she can still get some nice results in Romandie and at the European Championships, but obviously her season is already more than successful," sports manager Danny Stam said.
"Limburg is an area that suits us," sporting director Danny Stam had noted before the start of the fourth stage of the Simac Ladies Tour. As it turned out. Throughout the ride, Team SD Worx was attentive to the appointment. The decision followed on the final climb of the Cauberg. Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes completed the team's work by finishing first and second. "Credits to my teammates for how they controlled everything. Lorena and I just had to finish the job. The fact that we finished one and two couldn't be nicer," Kopecky said.
In the third stage between Emmeloord and Lelystad in the Simac Ladies Tour, the expected wind was absent. No fans, therefore, but a long breakaway. Team SD Worx alone led the chase to force a bunch sprint. In that it came to a duel between Lorena Wiebes and Charlotte Kool, in which the latter sprinted to victory. "We did nothing wrong in the sprint preparation. We were knocked for value," concluded sports manager Danny Stam.
In the Simac Ladies Tour, Lotte Kopecky won the 7.1-kilometre individual time trial in Leuven. For the Belgian time trial champion, it is the first win against the chronometers at WorldTour level. Kopecky takes over the yellow leader's jersey from Charlotte Kool. "To achieve this in my own country is special," she said.
In the first mass sprint of the Simac Ladies Tour, Lorena Wiebes had to narrowly beat Elisa Balsamo. "I just came up short. This only gives me more motivation to go full for the next sprint stage," said Lorena Wiebes, looking ahead to the time trial in Leuven with ambition. "I'm going to give my best and hope for a good result."
Team SD Worx started strongly in the Simac Ladies Tour. At the end of the 2.4-kilometre prologue, the Dutch WorldTeam had no fewer than three riders in the top five. Lotte Kopecky provided the best result with third place. Lorena Wiebes (fourth) and Demi Vollering (fifth) are also in a good position for the follow-up of the Tour. Charlotte Kool won the prologue. "This is a great start for Team SD Worx which opens up possibilities for the rest of the week. This is a home race for our team," said sports manager Danny Stam.
In the Simac Ladies Tour (5-10 September), Lorena Wiebes hopes to come out strong like last year. In 2022, Wiebes managed to win the first two stages and then defended her leader's jersey in the Limburg hills and in the time trial. This year too, she is aiming for a good classification. The European champion managed to take 11 victories so far in 2023. "With some missed goals, I am extra hungry. I hope to compete for high finishes and stage wins again. My final goal this season is of course the European championship in Drenthe."
Mischa Bredewold has convincingly won the GP Lorient Agglomération Trophée Ceratizit. After Team SD Worx controlled the entire race, the 23-year-old Dutch rider prevailed in the final sprint. "This was a chaotic uphill final sprint. I saw a gap and dived in. With success," said an overjoyed Bredewold.
Team SD Worx will start the GP Plouay with Elena Cecchini, Mischa Bredewold, Marlen Reusser, Christine Majerus and Niamh Fisher-Black. The Italian road captain knows the French one-day race like the back of her hand. Cecchini hopes to get a nice result from a free-rider role. "This race suits me. We will race offensive. Hopefully we can build on this season's success," Cecchini said.
With two stage wins by Lorena Wiebes, Team SD Worx looks back on the Tour of Scandinavia with satisfaction. In the final stage, the Dutch WorldTeam again played the card of Wiebes, but Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig triumphed with a successful late attack. Sports manager Danny Stam looks back on the Tour of Scandinavia with satisfaction. "We had no classification ambitions here, so of course we are satisfied with two stage wins. With that, we got the maximum out of it."
For those who still doubted it, Lorena Wiebes proved once again in the third stage of the Tour of Scandinavia that she is more than just a sprint star. The European champion sprinted convincingly to victory in a stage with two categorised climbs and a final slope of 1.4 kilometres. "This was a really tough effort, but I am happy that I could finish the work of Team SD Worx," she said.
Lorena Wiebes got Team SD Worx off to a banging start at the Tour of Scandinavia. The European champion unleashed her devils in the final straight, just managing to remount the escaped Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig on the line. With that, Wiebes celebrated her return to competition with her tenth win of the season. "I wasn't sure if we would get back in time, but I always sprint in full anyway. I am very happy to get back on track with a win. This gives me confirmation that I have recovered after my illnesses."
In the Tour of Scandinavia, Lorena Wiebes returns to racing with Team SD Worx for the first time after she had to leave the Tour de France Femmes with illness. She also struggled with illness at the World Championships. "The Tour and the World Championships were big goals for me. That I couldn't get everything out of it due to stomach problems, among others, doubly motivates me to finish the season strongly now. I hope to gain extra confidence in the Tour of Scandinava, GP Plouay and Simac Ladies Tour to hopefully successfully defend my European jersey at the end of September at VAM Berg."
Team SD Worx has reinforced itself for the next three years (until 2026) with 22-year-old Femke Gerritse. With her, the team has contracted a young talent who hopes to develop in shorter explosive climbing and on longer climbs.
Lotte Kopecky came, saw and conquered. The 27-year-old Belgian was pushed into the role of top favourite beforehand and she lived up to it. Just over five kilometres from the finish, she flew away from Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig uphill and raced to the world title. Seven seconds after Kopecky, Demi Vollering took the silver medal. Kopecky made history by giving her country Belgium another gold in the World Road Championship exactly half a century after Nicole van den Broek. The highlight in a week in which she had previously captured two world titles on the track. "2023 is a fantastic year on the one hand, but at the same time also very tough. This title is a dream come true," said a particularly emotional Lotte Kopecky beyond the finish line.
The party for Team SD Worx in Glasgow was completed behind Kopecky, Vollering and Reusser by Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley. Four and a half minutes after Lotte Kopecky became elite world champion, Blanka Vas won the sprint for the U23 world title ahead of Shirin van Anrooij. Anna Shackley took bronze. So Team SD Worx captured four of the six medals in the road race. "I didn't expect to win because I didn't feel super in the beginning. But it's a great feeling to be able to put on the rainbow jersey."
2023 is a harvest year for Lotte Kopecky. Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, succeeded herself as winner in the Tour of Flanders, coloured the Tour de France Femmes with stage wins, six days in the yellow jersey, winner of the green jersey and second in the final classification. She kicked off the World Championships in Glasgow with two world titles on the track. By becoming world champion on the road, Kopecky could make it a Grand Cru year altogether. "At the beginning of the season, I had touted Glasgow as the big goal. The course suits me and the condition is good. This is a chance to win that coveted jersey," realises the 27-year-old Belgian.
The Strade Bianche was Demi Vollering's first major victory in 2023. She never dared to dream that so many beautiful major victories and places of honour would follow afterwards. Meanwhile, the tally stands at 15 victories and 10 second places. She achieved a historic Ardennes triple, became Dutch champion, and reigned supreme in the Tour de France Femmes with a final win. A smashing season, which she could just about add more lustre to with a world title. "Whether I become world champion or not, my year is brilliant anyway. But a world title would make it truly unforgettable," says Demi Vollering.
In each of the past world championships and Olympics, time trial gold went to the Netherlands with Anna van der Breggen, Annemiek van Vleuten and Ellen van Dijk. In Glasgow, Demi Vollering faces her first ever major time trial championship. "In a strong time trial country like the Netherlands, participating in the World Time Trial Championships almost seemed like a dream impossible. Now that I have been selected for the first time, I also want to make something beautiful out of it," said Demi Vollering.
Marlen Reusser is considered the top favourite for time trial gold in Glasgow. In the past three years, she took three silver and one bronze in the race against the clock at three world championships and the Olympics. In that, Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Dijk and Annemiek van Vleuten proved too strong, but in Glasgow these rivals will not be at the start of the time trial. As a result, La Reusser is now the big favourite. "Time trial gold was actually not immediately among my goals at the beginning of the year. I mainly focused on the classics and stage races. But with the World Cup coming up, I'm dreaming of the rainbow jersey again."
Last year's world championships in Wollongong were special in advance for New Zealand's Niamh Fisher-Black: riding the most important one-day race in the world so close to her home country. That she got to don the rainbow jersey afterwards as the first ever U23 world champion made it an unforgettable day. Although she cannot defend her title in Glasgow, as she turns 23 on 12 August, a day before the road race. "I'm not balking at it, I'm just with the elite race in my head. And I did get to put on that coveted jersey last year anyway. Nobody takes that away from me," said Niamh Fisher-Black.
Blanka Vas is a multi-talent. Not only does she excel on the road and in the field, she has set goals in mountain biking as well. That is why the 21-year-old Hungarian is combining the world mountain bike cross-country U23 championship in Glasgow with the road race. "I think mountain biking is a wonderful discipline and I want to compete on this at the Olympics. I hope to qualify in Glasgow. Also, the explosive course of the road race should suit me in itself."
Team SD Worx has eleven delegates who will defend their country's colours in the various disciplines of the super world cycling championships in Glasgow. With Lotte Kopecky, Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes, Team SD Worx has some favourites for the world road title. Marlen Reusser hopes to become time trial world champion this time after three honorary medals. Our riders will be chasing the coveted rainbow jersey.
"A day by the book. Our plan worked perfectly," Demi Vollering had it recorded after she took the yellow jersey on the Col du Tourmalet. The Dutch champion attacked five kilometres from the top and had overtaken leading rider Kasia Niewiadoma at lightning speed. She steamed on, winning supremely with 1'50" lead atop the mythical Tourmalet. "It has yet to creep in, this feels better than in my dreams," said new yellow jersey wearer Demi Vollering.
Team SD Worx had one big goal in this Tour de France Femmes: to take home the yellow jersey. All other successes were bonus. Taking stock after an overwhelming final time trial in Pau, the team can only conclude that these results were not even in their wildest dreams.
We are surprised that the UCI imposes this penalty, but accept this measure. Perhaps in the first moment we reacted a little too emotionally to Demi Vollering's time penalty. Too bad this happened. With Anna van der Breggen as first sport director, we will continue the race and go back to focusing fully on the race itself as soon as possible. Our mission remains the same and that is to win the Tour de France Femmes. Everyone is more than 100 per cent motivated to go for that in the coming days.
For the sixth stage in a row, Team SD Worx finished in the top ten. Once again the peloton played a cat-and-mouse game with the breakaway group and once again the riders in front were rewarded for their efforts. Emma Norsgaard was able to cheer before a sprinting peloton that came just too late. Kopecky finished third. "I am obviously disappointed, but at the same time I am proud to take home the green jersey," she said.
Lorena Wiebes is leaving the Tour de France Femmes after illness. The European champion is suffering from stomach problems and consequently cannot start in Onet-Le-Château. "Of course this is a loss for Team SD Worx, because there were still sprint opportunities for her. But health always prevails," sports manager Danny Stam concluded.
Team SD Worx did not have the most fortunate day at the Tour de France Femmes. In the morning, it already became clear that Lorena was unable to start due to stomach problems. Furthermore, Demi Vollering lost 20 seconds due to a penalty imposed on her by the jury for turning back behind the team car after a flat tyre 61 kilometres from the finish.
Demi Vollering finished second in the streets of Rodez behind Yara Kastelijn, the only rider who managed to stay in front from the early breakaway. In the fourth stage of the Tour de France Femmes to Rodez, the riders for the general classification bombarded each other, but big differences were not realised. An industrious Lotte Kopecky retained her yellow jersey, Demi Vollering sneaked eight seconds away from her rivals via a firm final sprint. "All in all, this is a successful day for Team SD Worx," Lotte Kopecky concluded.
Lotte Kopecky defended her yellow jersey with verve in the second stage of the Tour de France Femmes to Mauriac. After a clever lead-out by Demi Vollering, the Belgian champion sprinted to second place behind Germany's Liane Lippert. In the standings, Kopecky increased her lead to 49 seconds. "Too bad my rear tyre had a deflation, because there might have been more in it. Winning in yellow would have been nice. But I am disappointed not to win the stage, but proud that yellow remains around my shoulders," said Lotte Kopecky.
Lorena Wiebes took Team SD Worx's second stage victory in this Tour de France Femmes in Montignac-Lascaux with a convincing sprint. This is also the 50th win of the year for Team SD Worx. Yellow jersey wearer Lotte Kopecky pulled off the sprint perfectly for Wiebes and still finished handsomely in third herself, taking away four bonification seconds. "Lotte provided the perfect lead-out. When I felt Marianne Vos coming past me, I knew it was time to attack. I am happy to be immediately successful in the first bunch sprint of this Tour," Wiebes said.
Team SD Worx is having a dream start in the Tour de France Femmes. The Dutch WorldTeam immediately made the most of its strength in width in the first stage. On the Côte de Durtol at 9.4 kilometres from the finish, Lotte Kopecky placed a scorching acceleration to which nobody had an answer. The Belgian then soloed to victory and the accompanying yellow jersey, before Lorena Wiebes also sprinted to second place.
In the Tour de France Femmes, Team SD Worx will ride with a new jersey, which features new co-sponsor Protime. On Friday, the Dutch World team trained in the jersey for the first time during the reconnaissance of the last 40 kilometres of the first stage of the Tour de France Femmes. Discover our new jersey here.
Protime wordt de nieuwe co-sponsor van Team SD Worx. Op 23 juli, bij de start van de Tour de France Femmes, zal het logo van de marktleider in onder meer tijdregistratie en workforce management voor het eerst op de shirts prijken van ’s werelds beste vrouwenwielerploeg. Zowel op de voorkant en de achterzijde van het shirt staat Protime, onder het logo van moederbedrijf SD Worx.
Following a successful season so far, Team SD Worx is also setting high targets for the upcoming Tour de France Femmes. With Demi Vollering, the Dutch WorldTeam is aiming for overall victory in the most important stage race of the year. To achieve this, she will be supported by Mischa Bredewold, Elena Cecchini, Lotte Kopecky, Christine Majerus, Marlen Reusser and Lorena Wiebes. "Our goal is to take home the yellow jersey. With this strong and balanced line-up, we will do everything we can to achieve that," sports manager Danny Stam looks ahead.
With two stage wins and as many podium places, Team SD Worx experienced a successful Giro Donne. Lorena Wiebes won a bunch sprint and showed she has also made huge strides in climbing. Niamh Fisher-Black finished third in the queen stage. Blanka Vas recorded a breakthrough win in Italy and Anna Shackley showed she is back after months of injury. "This was a very nice Giro Donne for us. The goals we set beforehand were all achieved," said sport director Anna van der Breggen.
"Three weeks after her victory in the Tour de Suisse, Blanka Vas has proven to be completely back at the front with a stage win in the Giro Donne. In the first stage of the Italian round in Sardinia, the Hungarian champion managed to win the sprint from a group of about 25 riders. In the last 30 meters she proved to have by far the highest speed and passed top riders such as Chloe Dygert and Liane Lippert. After Lorena Wiebes' stage win on day three, this is Team SD Worx' second stage success in the Giro Donne.
In the tricky sixth stage with an uphill finish, Lorena Wiebes proved once again that she can do more than just sprint. The European champion remained continuously in the front ranks until Annemiek van Vleuten made the decisive acceleration uphill. In the chasing group, Wiebes then rode everyone off the wheel on the final slope, good for a neat second place. "I already knew a slightly uphill finish suited me, but this one was still pretty long (800m at8%). This is a nice confirmation for me that I have made important steps and have become a more complete rider thanks to Team SD Worx."
In the queen stage of the Giro Donne, it was climbing almost from the start. After two difficult days, Niamh Fisher-Black managed to finish nicely third behind winner Antonia Niedermaier and Annemiek van Vleuten. "It was a crazy ride. Already after ten kilometres we started the first big climb. The descents were tricky. Once I got away well. After two lesser days, this third place gives a confidence boost," Fisher-Black said.
In the third stage of the Giro Donne, Lorena Wiebes proved fastest in the bunch sprint. The European champion was perfectly brought by her teammates and sprinted unapproachably to her 8th individual win of the season, ahead of Marianne Vos and Chloe Dygert. "As a European champion, I always feel the pressure in the final. We were in control all day. Then I just want to finish it too," Wiebes said.
Team SD Worx has already had an extremely successful 2023. In the Giro Donne, the Dutch World Tour team wants to continue this line. Lorena Wiebes, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas, Elena Cecchini, Barbara Guarischi, Femke Markus and Anna Shackley are signing present in Italy. The goals are multiple. On the one hand, Team SD Worx wants to go for stage wins, and with Niamh Fisher-Black it also hopes for a good final ranking in the general classification. "We will be able to race freely. Hopefully that will result in at least a stage win," said team leader Anna van der Breggen.
A double win for Team SD Worx in the final stage of Tour de Suisse. Niamh Fisher-Black beat fellow breakaway rider Kasia Niewiadoma in the sprint, good for her first World Tour victory. Leader Marlen Reusser successfully defended her yellow jersey, adding the Tour of her home country to her record. Another top day for the Dutch World Tour team. "We continue to amaze ourselves. This is a dream come true," said Marlen Reusser and Niamh Fisher-Black.
It was a day Marlen Reusser had been looking forward to for a long time. The 25.7-kilometre time trial of the Tour de Suisse. Her discipline in the race of her homeland. "I dreamed about this day, which is why this win means a lot to me," said the Swiss rider after she won time trial to her name by staying eight seconds ahead of teammate Demi Vollering on the technical course around Abtwil.
The joy beyond the finish in Weinfelden was great. Embraced with Demi Vollering, stage winner Blanka Vas rode past the finish line to the minder. The 21-year-old Hungarian booked her first win at WorldTour level in the first stage of the Tour de Suisse.
The Tour de Suisse marks the start of a new episode in the 2023 cycling season for Team SD Worx. Most of the riders return to competition after a high altitude stage or rest period. In the coming weeks, the national championships, Giro d'Italia Donne, Tour de France Femmes and the world championships in Glasgow are the big goals.
Voor het tweede achtereenvolgende jaar is Team SD Worx op hoogtestage/trainingskamp in Brides-les-Bains richting de belangrijkste grote rondes Giro Donne en Tour de France Femmes. Brides-les-Bains is inmiddels een van de partners van de beste vrouwenwielerploeg in de wereld. De ploeg is dit jaar uiterst succesvol en heeft inmiddels al 33 overwinningen geboekt.
Marie Schreiber has had a real baptism of fire as an elite star. The 20-year-old Luxembourger rode her first WorldTour races as an elite rider in Vuelta Femenina, Itzulia Women and Vuelta a Burgos. "It was an intense racing block. I feel I made a lot of progression. My teammates pushed me to go to the limit and redirected me in the races. That's how I got better every day," Schreiber looks back.
Demi Vollering and Team SD Worx continue to make history. After the Dutch WorldTeam took all stages and the overall win in the Spanish WorldTour race Itzulia, it does the same trick again in Vuelta a Burgos. Atop Lagunas de Neila, there was no limit to Demi Vollering, who managed to win the final stage of the Vuelta a Burgos for the second year in a row. The WorldTour leader thus also convincingly takes the overall victory. "The winner takes it all. This was the team's perfect race. They brought me perfectly to the foot of the climb, after which I finished it."
The third stage of Vuelta a Burgos to Aranda de Duero was announced in advance as a sprint stage. An early breakaway held on for a long time, but after a kilometre-long chase by Team SD Worx, Lorena Wiebes was still able to play up her speed. The European champion had to start her final sprint from afar and impressively held out until the finish line. So a phenomenal win for Lorena Wiebes and Team SD Worx. "It was very exciting, but the team was ironclad again today," Wiebes said.
Spectacle from the start in the second stage of Vuelta a Burgos. In a stage where the wind took it right away to the side, Team SD Worx dictated the race. The Dutch WorldTeam had four riders in the front with Demi Vollering, Lorena Wiebes, Marlen Reusser and Blanka Vas. Together with Trek-Segafredo, Team SD Worx further thinned out the leading group. Lorena Wiebes then sprinted to victory, ahead of teammate Demi Vollering. Due to a disqualification of the European champion, Vollering took the win. "It is unfortunate that Lorena missed out on the win like that, but fortunately we still win the stage as well as doing a good job for the general classification," sports manager Danny Stam takes stock.
19 May 2023 is a historic day for Team SD Worx. In less than an hour's difference, the Dutch WorldTeam won two races in a row. Inspired by the sprint success of her teammates in Spain, Lotte Kopecky sprinted convincingly to victory in Veenendaal-Veenendaal (1.1). For the 27-year-old Belgian, it was her first race since the Amstel Gold Race. "It's a nice entry. Immediate success in the second part of the season. It's extra nice to win another sprint. This is good for confidence."
After more than a month without races, Lorena Wiebes immediately showed her class as a sprint star again. In Vuelta a Burgos, the European champion made her first appearance since the Amstel Gold Race. In a windy stage, there was no limit to her sprinting speed. Wiebes thus also takes the first leader's jersey in Vuelta a Burgos. "Nice to already have a stage in my pocket. I hope to be able to strike again," Wiebes immediately looked ahead.
Team SD Worx reigned in the final stage of Itzulia. The Dutch World Tour formation surprised by opting for the attack with Marlen Reusser. The Swiss metronome successfully completed a 12.8-kilometre effort and arrived solo. Good for the double, as on the final day of Itzulia, she thus took over the leader's jersey from teammate Demi Vollering, who sprinted to second place. "I can't believe it yet. Our tactical plan came out exactly. I am overwhelmed by this success."
Team SD Worx has already recorded 20 victories by mid-May, equalling last year's number of wins. After the team completely dominated the stage race Itzulia last week, sports manager Danny Stam now hopes to compete for prizes in the Tour of Burgos as well. "Everyone gets a piece of the pie with us. That our riders go through fire for each other like this is one of the keys to success. But on such a successful first months of the 2023 season, we had not dared to dream beforehand either."
Demi Vollering also reigns supreme in the Basque Country in 2023. After winning all the stages of Itzulia last year, she remains unbeaten this season too. After yesterday, the Dutch rider also won the second stage and remains a bit more comfortable in the yellow leader's jersey. She is now 56 seconds ahead of her teammate Marlen Reusser, who takes the podium for the second day in a row. "I knew my form was good, but to have won all five stages of Itzulia so far is really special," she said.
Spectacle, that is what Team SD Worx had promised on the eve of the final stage of La Vuelta Femenina. The Dutch WorldTour team made the stage leaden and, with Demi Vollering on the final climb to Lagos de Covadonga, made an ultimate attack on Annemiek van Vleuten's red leader's jersey. In the final classification, she eventually stranded just nine seconds from the overall win. "We showed what we are worth," she said.
"A baleful day." This is how Demi Vollering describes the penultimate stage of La Vuelta Femenina in which she lost the red jersey. The moment she and some other Team SD Worx riders stopped for a sanitary stop, part of the peloton pulled on full speed. After another jury barrage, Team SD Worx fought the entire day to keep the time difference as small as possible. "It is very disappointing that it has to happen this way, but we are keen to put things right tomorrow," Demi Vollering and sport director Anna van der Breggen said combatively after the finish in Laredo.
Demi Vollering heeft in de eerste bergetappe in La Vuelta La Femenina meteen een eerste slag geslagen. De leidster in de World Tour dicteerde de snelheid op de slotklim, waarna ze een versnelling van Annemiek van Vleuten beantwoordde met een ultieme demarrage. Vollering zegevierde bovenop Mirador de Peñas Llanas en gaat zo in de rode leiderstrui het slotweekend van de Spaanse ronde in. “Ik was gebrand op deze etappezege.”
After a fantastic spring for Team SD Worx, the first stage race presents itself with La Vuelta Feminina. That also means the teams will start with seven riders for the first time this season. For Team SD Worx, they are Demi Vollering, Marlen Reusser, Elena Cecchini, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas, Femke Markus and newcomer Marie Schreiber. "We have a nice mix of experience and talent at the start. With this group we want to compete for the overall win and hopefully pick up a stage win in between," sport director Anna van der Breggen is clear about Team SD Worx' ambitions.
Six years after Anna van der Breggen, Demi Vollering became the second woman to achieve the Ardennes trilogy. After winning the Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, the Team SD Worx rider was now also the best in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. "This was the most difficult of the three. Especially because I put a lot of pressure on myself to achieve this unique series," Vollering said at the press conference.
Marlen Reusser has extended her contract with Team SD Worx by one year. In the Olympic year 2024, the 31-year-old Swiss rider will defend the colours of the Dutch WorldTour team for the third consecutive year. Her 2024 season will largely be focused on the individual time trial at the Olympic Games in Paris.
Demi Vollering has a thing for La Redoute and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. It was there that she first realised she could turn pro. In 2021, she won her first classic race there in her first year with Team SD Worx. This year, she plans to add a special memory to it. If she wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège, she will be only the second rider since Anna van der Breggen in 2017 to succeed in the Ardennes Tripple. "My plan is ready," she said.
On top of the Mur de Huy, Demi Vollering triumphed after an impressive last ten kilometres. In it, the Dutchwoman took the initiative herself and single-handedly reduced the leading group to an elite group on the Côte de Cherave. At the foot of the Mur de Huy, Vollering attacked with a strong acceleration that she kept up to the top. A sovereign victory after she also won the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. "This is such a tough climb. It always scares me a bit that it won't work. It's fantastic to take the win here."
Whoever says Flèche Wallonne, says Anna van der Breggen. No less than seven times in a row she managed to win on the Muur of Huy. It makes her the perfect guide to lead the Team SD Worx riders. "The Muur van Huy doesn't lie. It is the ultimate suffer festival and it is important to know your body perfectly," explains Anna van der Breggen.
A supreme Team SD Worx also took control of the Amstel Gold Race. In the Dutch World Tour formation's home race, the team controlled the entire race. On the final crossing of the Cauberg, Demi Vollering placed the decisive attack, after which she triumphed solo. Behind her, Lotte Kopecky put the icing on the cake by providing another one-two. "Our plan worked perfectly. Lotte and I complement each other perfectly," said winner Demi Vollering.
With wins in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Nokere-Koerse and Ronde van Vlaanderen, Lotte Kopecky's spring season can't go wrong anymore. Although it still tastes like more for the 27-year-old Belgian top rider. "My spring went perfectly, but in the Amstel Gold Race I'm going to squeeze everything out once more. It's my first participation in the Dutch classic. So I don't know the race yet. Nevertheless, I'm starting with healthy ambitions."
In the Brabantse Pijl, Team SD Worx wanted to defend Demi Vollering's jersey number one. The Dutch World Tour formation therefore made the race hard by attacking in turns. This left a depleted group sprinting for the win. Silvia Persico was faster than Demi Vollering, who took the 22nd podium finish of the season for Team SD Worx with her second place. "I would have liked a second win in a row, but I started too early. My legs ran out a bit too fast."
At the Roubaix Vélodrome, Femke Markus had perhaps the opportunity of her career. From the early breakaway, the 26-year-old rider from Team SD Worx looked set to sprint for victory in Paris-Roubaix on the race track. Until she crashed unfortunately on the last lap and was immediately hopeless. "This is going to keep me awake for a long time," Markus concluded bitterly.
Thanks to its successful start to the season, Team SD Worx is heading for Paris-Roubaix rather relaxed. The cobbled classic is still missing from the Dutch WorldTour formation's list of honours and it wants to change that in the third edition of Paris-Roubaix. "Only a win in Paris-Roubaix is good enough. If we don't succeed in that, I will be disappointed afterwards," said top favourite Lotte Kopecky.
Team SD Worx is still racing from one victory to another. In the Scheldeprijs, Lorena Wiebes recorded her third win in a row by beating Charlotte Kool and Chiara Consonni in the sprint. "The lead-out went perfectly. The Scheldeprijs is the benchmark in sprinting, so to speak, so I wanted to take my third win in a row in this classic," said winner Lorena Wiebes.
Lotte Kopecky has won the Tour of Flanders for the second year in a row. Demi Vollering completed the success for Team SD Worx by sprinting to second place behind her teammate. "Winning the Tour of Flanders this way is very special," Kopecky said afterwards.
Team SD Worx is heading to the Tour of Flanders with a strong team. The Dutch World Tour formation is aiming to win in Vlaanderens Mooiste and has three favourites in its ranks to do so with Lotte Kopecky, Marlen Reusser and Demi Vollering. Together with Lorena Wiebes, Elena Cecchini and Christine Majerus, they aim to keep the Tour of Flanders' number one back in the team. "Our goal with Team SD Worx is to go for a second victory in a row in Ronde van Vlaanderen," said Wiebes.
In the Volta Limburg Classic, Team SD Worx delivered another tactically clever cabinet piece. Anna Shackley and Femke Markus went on the attack by two. When they were caught back, Mischa Bredewold went solo. The 22-year-old Dutchwoman stayed in front, taking her first win for Team SD Worx. Behind her, her teammate Lonneke Uneken sprinted to second place. Good for the ninth win of the season and the fourth time Team SD Worx has taken both first and second place in a race. "This was the perfect day," said winner Mischa Bredewold."
Team SD Worx confirmed its dominance in the spring with an eighth victory of the season in Dwars door Vlaanderen. After the Dutch World Tour team controlled the entire race, Demi Vollering went solo just under 10 kilometres from the finish line. Just back from an altitude training camp, the 26-year-old Dutch rider rode to her second win of the season. "We are in the winning vibe. This gives a lot of confidence for the Tour of Flanders," said winner Demi Vollering.
Marlen Reusser drove herself into the history books by successfully completing a 45-kilometre solo in a soggy Gent-Wevelgem. "Team SD Worx is so strong. It's special when you feel the full confidence of your team and can win in such a way," said winner Marlen Reusser.
After Lorena Wiebes' third place in Bruges-De Panne, Team SD Worx will start Sunday with a strong team to go for the win in Gent-Wevelgem. It will do so with Lorena Wiebes, Lotte Kopecky, Marlen Reusser, Christine Majerus, Lonneke Uneken and Elena Cecchini. "This selection gives us the chances to play different cards again, which is the strength of Team SD Worx," said sports director Anna van der Breggen.
Lorena Wiebes secured another podium finish in Brugge-De Panne. As expected, the race was decided in De Moeren, where the European champion was attentive at the front. Wiebes was isolated though, which meant she could not respond to every attack. Pfeiffer Georgi chose the right moment and won solo, Wiebes sprinted to third place. "I was too eager and started too early, but the form is good and that gives motivation for Gent-Wevelgem," she said.
Brugge-De Panne is special for Lorena Wiebes. It was her very first World Tour race ever in the elite and as a 19-year-old she immediately signed for fourth place. Since then, she has competed for the win almost every year. "This is one of the few real sprinters' races. Maybe it will be the first real showdown with Charlotte Kool and Elisa Balsamo. I hope to win here, because this race was marked on my calendar in advance," Wiebes said.
After the perfect report in recent weeks with a fifth win in a row in Danilith Nokere Koerse , Team SD Worx is heading to Italy with confidence. "The last few years we had some bad luck in Trofeo Alfredo Binda, but we are in a good flow. With Lorena Wiebes, we again have one of the contenders for victory," says sports manager Danny Stam.
Team SD Worx's race plan was clear: make the course hard. Lotte Kopecky showed the most activity, soloing to a very handsome victory just days after her eldest brother passed away. "I was tremendously strong. It seemed like we were riding in pairs. Nice that with Team SD Worx we finished on one and two again," said Lotte Kopecky after her second win of the season.
Team SD Worx is thundering through the season like an express train. In Ronde van Drenthe modified by the snowfall, the team had the race under control, after which a supreme Lorena Wiebes sprinted to a third WorldTour victory in a row for Team SD Worx. The European champion is also the first rider to be fastest three times in a row at the Tour of Drenthe. "This is very special. Also because the team is in a winning mood. Everything went completely right and then I am happy I could finish it," Wiebes said.
Team SD Worx started the WorldTour like an express train with two wins in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Strade Bianche. In the Ronde van Drenthe, Lorena Wiebes and Team SD Worx will try to go for a third victory in a row. "As a Dutchwoman, it would be very special to win this race for the third year in a row. And for the team, it would mean a third victory in a row in the World Tour this year. So we will go full steam ahead for that."
Together, Demi Vollering and Lotte Kopecky climbed the Via Santa Catarina in Siena and the battle was decided in a millimetre sprint between the two teammates on the Piazzo del Campo. The jury had to study the finish photo for minutes before Vollering was declared the winner. "Beforehand, you don't dare predict such a scenario. That's why there were no agreements. They sprinted for the win as mature riders. One and two in Strade Bianche, this is a dream day for the team," said sports manager Danny Stam.
The film of the final of the Strade Bianche is likely to replay in Demi Vollerings head several more times. The Dutch rider was shocked when she saw her pursuit of Kristen Faulkner initially briefly stalled by a loose horse. After a successful chase with Lotte Kopecky, the teammates sprinted for the win, after which Vollering triumphed. "I really wanted this race on my record," she said.
Lotte Kopecky and Team SD Worx were right on target in the opening weekend. The 27-year-old Belgian convincingly added Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to her record. Last season, she picked up her first big win of her career with Strade Bianche. "It will always remain a special victory for me," Lotte Kopecky looks back. "Thanks to my win in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, I will arrive at the start of Strade Bianche with no pressure. Winning the same race twice in a row is difficult, but I'm going to try anyway."
Lotte Kopecky & Team SD Worx have coloured the start of the classic season. In Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Lotte Kopecky rode impressively up the Muur van Geraardsbergen, before going solo after the Bosberg. After 12 kilometres alone in the lead, she beautifully made history by becoming the first Belgian woman ever to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Lorena Wiebes completed Team SD Worx's one-two punch by winning the sprint just as dominantly. "This one goes very high on my list," said Lotte Kopecky after her victory.
A day after Lotte Kopecky and Lorena Wiebes created a one-two finish in the opening classic Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Wiebes connected the dots in Omloop van het Hageland. The European champion rushed convincingly to victory after Team SD Worx controlled all day. "We wanted to make the race hard. Team SD Worx was super strong today. I'm glad I was able to finish the hard work."
Team SD Worx enters the start of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with their leaders Demi Vollering, Lorena Wiebes, Marlen Reusser and Lotte Kopecky. With also Elena Cecchini and Christine Majerus, Team SD Worx starts the classic period with a rock-solid line-up. "We have several assets, which gives us a lot of opportunities. We hope to eliminate the zero in classic victories as soon as possible this season," said team manager Lars Boom.
It ‘s been quiet around Amy Pieters for a while and there are reasons for that. Her rehabilitation can sometimes go less good. This is mainly due to a number of setbacks that she had to deal with. Pieters has had several epileptic seizures in a short period of time that slowed down her recovery.
Team SD Worx closed the UAE Tour with two podium finishes, a top-ten finish and a win. In the final stage it came down to a sprint again, in which Lorena Wiebes finished third. "We lost each other a bit in the chaos, so it was gambling. I made a mistake and started too early. Losing is never fun, but this is instructive for the future."
Lorena Wiebes took the first win of the season in Al Mirfa for Team SD Worx. A day after her second place in the opening stage, the European champion convincingly won the bunch sprint. "The wind played a big role today, but we were continuously where we needed to be. I was brought perfectly by our lead-out, after which I was able to finish. I am very happy with this," Wiebes said.
Team SD Worx kicked off the season today with a second-place finish for Lorena Wiebes in the opening stage of the UAE Tour. The 23-year-old European champion was involved in a crash 3.8 kilometres from the line, but fought her way back into the peloton and sprinted to second place after all. "Of course I am bummed about that crash, because that always takes strength. I was brought perfectly, but came up just that little bit short. Tomorrow there will be another chance," said a combative Lorena Wiebes.
Team SD Worx kicks off the 2023 season in the UAE Tour (9-12 FEB). Lorena Wiebes will defend Team SD Worx colours in the United Arab Emirates for the first time, as will Femke Markus and Barbara Guarischi. Also featuring Lonneke Uneken, the sprint train will roll out for the first time in the flat stages. Niamh Fisher-Black and Anna Shackley will get a change in the climbing stage. "I'm at the start to win," said motivated Lorena Wiebes.
With the world championships in Hoogerheide, the apotheosis of the cyclo-cross season will follow on Saturday. Blanka Vas wants to end her inconsistent winter with a good result. "Hoogerheide is always a tough course, regardless of the weather conditions. Blanka's form is on the rise. On a good day, a place among the top five is possible, that's what we're going for," says sports director Lars Boom.
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Sovereignly, Team SD Worx defended the number one position in the UCI rankings for teams last season. For the sixth time in seven years, the team also managed to win the WorldTour classification. No fewer than 20 victories were recorded, including 11 wins at WorldTour level. Sports manager Danny Stam therefore looks back on the 2022 season with satisfaction.
Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley have extended their contracts at Team SD Worx. With Vas and Shackley, the team has secured two of the biggest talents in women's cycling through 2024.
Christine Majerus has extended her contract with Team SD Worx by two years until 2024. Next year, the 35-year-old Luxembourger will start her tenth year within the team. This makes her the record holder within Team SD Worx.
Team SD Worx has two Italian riders within the selection for next season. Barbara Guarischi is new to the team, while Elena Cecchini has extended her contract for 2023.
Blanka Kata Vas won the kermiscross of Ardooie. The Hungarian champion separated herself from Shirin Van Anrooij after just one lap, then wisely arranged the cross and then rushed to the finish alone. "I realised pretty quickly that Blanka was the strongest in the race, but then you have to finish it. This is an important signal that she is really good," said team manager and former cyclocross world champion Lars Boom.
On the eve of the Tour de Romandie, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio emphasised it again. Although she is already 36 years old, she has learned a lot in the past two years as a rider with Team SD Worx. It was the reason for her to continue her career after this year. In this year's last WorldTour race, the South African wanted to thank her team one last time. With the overall victory in the Tour de Romandie, she bid farewell to Team SD Worx with a big win.
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio has kept her word. In convincing fashion, she won the queen stage of the Tour of Romandie. A stage that was controlled from the beginning by Team SD Worx, on which Moolman-Pasio won the stage with a cabinet piece. At 2.5 kilometers from the top of the Thyon 2000, she left Annemiek van Vleuten on the spot, after which she triumphed solo. "I felt very strong all day, this is my first WorldTour stage win, so this victory is very special for me," she said.
Team SD Worx colored the first stage of the Tour de Romandie, Demi Vollering sprinted to third place. The new Swiss Worldtour race was Vollering's first race since the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta. She had to watch the World Championships from her hotel room in Australia due to a COVID infection, but in Lausanne she was at it again. "I didn't expect to be so strong already today, that only motivates me for what is still to come."
With the Tour de Romandie, the final road race of this season is coming up for Team SD Worx. This first edition of the Swiss World Tour race will take place between 7 and 9 October. For Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, it will be her last race in Team SD Worx colours. "I would like to finish with a top performance with this team. The past two seasons have been very instructive."
On a tough course in Wollongong, Annemiek van Vleuten took the world title. The Dutchwoman made it through with a late attack, after which Lotte Kopecky convincingly won the sprint for the silver medal. "This was THE chance of the world title for me. When Annemiek attacked, I hesitated one second too long. I lose gold there," Lotte Kopecky responded.
During the women's world championships there was a race in the race. There was also a world U23 title to be won. Niamh Fisher-Black finished twelfth in the elite results, as best U23, making her the first-ever U23 world champion. "It feels a bit bittersweet. On the one hand, I have the feeling that there might have been more in it in the elite. On the other hand, I did get to put on a world champion's jersey. With my family and friends around, that is a memory to cherish," said the 22-year-old New Zealand rider.
On Saturday 24 September 2022, Wollongong, Australia, will host the women's elite road world championships. Team SD Worx is well represented. "I am very happy with this tough course, but see myself as an outsider," says Lotte Kopecky (Belgium).
At the world championships individual time trial, Marlen Reusser won a bronze medal. The 30-year-old Swiss pulled out all the stops, but Ellen van Dijk proved untouchable. The Dutchwoman flew to her third world title over 34 kilometres, the second in a row. Home rider and outsider Grace Brown took silver. "I am happy with the bronze medal," said Marlen Reusser.
Marlen Reusser will start her world championships in Wollongong on Sunday with the individual time trial. The European champion will start as one of the favourites. After previously winning two silver medals, the 30-year-old Swiss has her sights set on the gold medal. "Although it will be anything but easy. It is a technical course and that makes the group of contenders bigger."
The last stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta was a bit like crit racing. The peloton completed 17 laps of 5,62 kilometres with a lot of curves. In the inevitable sprint Lotte Kopecky sprinted to second place. "Of course I hoped for the win, but Balsamo was simply faster," said an honest Lotte Kopecky.
Silvia Persico won the fourth stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta. Demi Vollering sprinted to second place and Lotte Kopecky finished fourth in the streets of Segovia. "It's a pity that we finished so close with two riders without taking the win, but we were where we needed to be during the day," said team leader Anna van der Breggen.
Only a few days after the Simac Ladies Tour the Ceratizit Challenge by la Vuelta (7-11 September) is on the programme. Team SD Worx will travel to the WorldTour race in Spain with Marlen Reusser, Lotte Kopecky, Anna Shackley, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas and Demi Vollering. "It is a hard course, hence this competition serves as an ideal benchmark for the World Championships in Wollongong," said sporting director Danny Stam.
Team SD Worx has strengthened its ranks for the coming two seasons with the talented Dutch riders Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus. The two riders follow Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes, who previously rode for Parkhotel Valkenburg and made the switch to Team SD Worx.
In the second stage of the Simac Ladies Tour, Lonneke Uneken finished third. In the stage from and to Ede, the 22-year-old Dutch rider finished behind Lorena Wiebes and Laura Tomasi. "Elena Cecchini placed me perfectly and I felt I had good legs, so I'm happy I was able to confirm that with a podium place," said Uneken, who takes over the youth leader’s jersey thanks to the bonification seconds.
Examinations showed that Christine Majerus has suffered a luxation of the clavicula-sternum as a result of the crash in the first stage of Simac Ladies Tour. She will undergo a surgery in the following days. Speedy recovery, Christine.
With Christine Majerus (2019) and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (2016, 2021), Team SD Worx has two former winners of the Simac Ladies Tour in its ranks. Together with Elena Cecchini, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Lonneke Uneken and Roxane Fournier, they will be looking for their third consecutive victory in the Dutch stage race at WorldTour level. "On the Dutch roads there is often chaos, so you have to ride as attentively as possible from the front," Chantal van den Broek-Blaak says.
For the GP of Plouay, Team SD Worx will field Elena Cecchini, Roxane Fournier, Anna Shackley, Blanka Vas and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak. Between 2017 and 2019, this team managed to win in Plouay three times in a row with Elizabeth Deignan (2017), Amy Pieters (2018) and Anna van der Breggen (2019). "This is a special race. The organisation often makes changes to the course, but it is always tough," says sports director Anna van der Breggen.
Demi Vollering will not race in the European Championships on Sunday. The 25 years old Dutch rider is taking rest due to concussion symptoms after her crash in the Tour of Scandinavia.
Marlen Reusser has extended her European time trial title. The 30-year-old Swiss took off like a rocket and was the fastest over the 24 kilometre course with an average speed of 46.45 km per hour. At the finish line, she was 5.77 seconds faster than world champion Ellen van Dijk. Reusser thus became European time trial champion for the second consecutive time. "I'm very happy with this. I didn't have a great feeling during the race. That I can extend the title means a lot to me."
Marlen Reusser is experiencing a whimsical 2022. The European time trial champion showed her skills by winning the fourth stage of the Tour de France Femmes. However, she also had to deal with a lot of bad luck in France and literally fell off the road due to a concussion sustained in a crash. This disrupted her preparations for the European Championships, but that doesn't take away from Reusser's ambitions. "I'm going flat out for that second title in a row."
From 11 to 21 August, the European Championships will take place in Munich. Team SD Worx is also well represented in the national delegate selections. With Lonneke Uneken, the first rider of this team will be in action today. The Dutch rider will participate in the team pursuit. Here is an overview of who will be in action when.
After the Tour de France Femmes, the Tour of Scandinavia (formerly Battle of the North) is the next stage race. In six days the WorldTour peloton races through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, with something for everyone: sprinters, punchers and climbers. This is also reflected in the varied composition of Team SD Worx: Demi Vollering, Elena Cecchini, Blanka Vas, Niamh Fisher-Black, Anna Shackley and newcomer Sina Frei. "The fact that we can play so many different cards is an advantage," says Niamh Fisher-Black.
Sina Frei will be competing for the first time for Team SD Worx in the Tour of Scandinavia. Frei will thus combine her mountain bike career as a member of the 'Specialized Factory Team' with 'Team SD Worx' on the road. "In the past, our team already had a similar experience with Annika Langvad, who made the same combination. The collaboration with Specialized has been very good for years and everyone is reaping the benefits. This is a win-win situation," says sports manager Danny Stam.
Less than a week after the Tour de France Femmes, the Women's World Tour heads to Scandinavia for the team time trial + road race Vårgårda in Sweden (6 and 7 August). Team SD Worx will have a strong squad at the start: Demi Vollering, Elena Cecchini, Blanka Vas, Christine Majerus and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak. "With this selection we can compete for the prizes," says team manager Lars Boom.
A week after her fall in the Tour de France Femmes, Marlen is feeling a little better. The concussion she sustained in the fall is slowly easing, but the silver medallist of the Tokyo Olympics is still easily fatigued, suffers from headaches when exerting herself and can currently only train on the rollers in a light and darkened room.
Racing would be pointless and Marlen and Team SD Worx have therefore decided to cancel the planned start in Vargarda (6 and 7 August) and in the Tour of Scandinavia (9 - 14 August). Her next race is the European Championships in Munich, scheduled for 18 - 21 August.
"I am still recovering from my concussion. I wish my teammates all the success and fun in the Team Time Trial. Thank you for all the kind messages. I hope to compete again at the European Championships to defend my title in time trial."
Lorena Wiebes will be joining Team SD Worx next season. The 23-year old sprint star has signed a three year contract (2023-2025) with the Dutch team. Due to a clause in her contract with her current team, Team DSM, she could leave earlier if she received an improved offer from another team. Team DSM and Team SD Worx reached an agreement on the transfer after joint consultation.
Team SD Worx has finished the first Tour de France Femmes with a satisfied feeling. Demi Vollering competed for the overall win and finished convincingly in second place in the general classification. She also took home the polka dot jersey. "Team SD Worx achieved six top-three finishes in the eight stages, including one stage win with Marlen Reusser. This is a successful Tour for our team," emphasises sporting director Danny Stam.
Demi Vollering was the only one who could stay in the track of an unleashed Annemiek Van Vleuten on the Petit Ballon. The latter imposed a murderous pace, after which Vollering had to let her go a col further on at one kilometer from the top of the Platzerwasel. The 25-year old rider of Team SD Worx then rode to a second place in the stage and in the general classification. She also takes over the mountain jersey. "This was so tough, but I can also be satisfied. Annemiek was just stronger."
In Rosheim, Team SD Worx rode to a fourth place on the podium in this Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Lotte Kopecky was involved in a crash at about 22.5km from the finish, after which she sprinted to third place after Marianne Vos and Marta Bastianelli. "There was more in it for me. I got a bit boxed in, so I couldn't do my sprint fully," said the 26-year-old Belgian rider.
Marlen Reusser will not start in the seventh stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. A hospital examination revealed that the 30-year-old Swiss rider suffered a concussion after her crash in the sixth stage at 22 kilometres from the finish. Rest is therefore necessary to recover. Reusser was an important link in the Team SD Worx team. Last Wednesday she won the stage to Saint-Dié-Des-Vosgues.
In the third stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift, the women of the classification were already battling it out in the hilly Champagne region. After the Côte de Mutigny, 15 kilometres from the finish, Team SD Worx was well represented at the front with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Demi Vollering in a group of seven. In the descent of this climb Vollering collapsed due to gravel on the road, but she was able to rejoin the front quite quickly. In the end Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio sprinted to third place in Epernay. "This is encouraging for what is to come," she says.
The first stage of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift was a milestone for women's cycling. With the arrival on the Champs-Elysées, the sprinters had the perfect opportunity to win. Lotte Kopecky sprinted to third place after the inevitable Lorena Wiebes and Marianne Vos. "Still, I am satisfied, this gives confidence for what is to come."
Team SD Worx will ride the first stage of the Tour de France Femmes in Paris in a special shirt designed by Amy Pieters last year. In this way, the team shows that the cyclist, who is going through a long rehabilitation process due to a severe training accident, still is part of the team.
The arrival of the Tour de France Femmes is a milestone for women's cycling. Team SD Worx does not hide its ambition. "With Demi Vollering we are going for the overall win," says sports manager Danny Stam. "It would be an insult to our ambition if we did not aim for a Tour win. The green jersey with Lotte Kopecky is also a goal, if it fits into our plans for the final victory."
Na een moeilijke juni met het opgeven in de Women's Tour (na een val op haar hand) en het missen van de Tour de Suisse Women (omwille van covid), keert Marlen Reusser deze week terug naar de Women's World Tour. Zondag begint de tweevoudig Europees kampioene tijdrijden aan de Tour de France Femmes in Parijs. "Benieuwd naar hoe mijn vorm zal zijn in deze etappewedstrijd, maar de benen voelen alvast weer goed aan."
Team SD Worx will be at the start of the Giro Donne with a young, promising team: Blanka Vas, Niamh Fisher-Black, Lonneke Uneken, Elena Cecchini and Lotte Kopecky. Anna Shackley will miss the Giro due to a Covid infection, she will be replaced by Christine Majerus. Whereas the team has played a dominant role in the Giro in previous years, the aim now is mainly to win a stage and gain experience. "Everyone will get a chance to win a stage in this Giro. We can race with an open mind," says sport director Lars Boom.
Our rider Amy Pieters had just before Christmas an unfortunate crash during a training ride on the bicycle with the Dutch national selection in Spain. She suffered severe brain damage and fell into a coma. In Spain she was immediately operated and we feared for her life. The first weeks have been very difficult for her and her loved ones. But thankfully Amy is still here!
Team SD Worx has signed a partnership with Brides-les-Bains. The charming town in the French Alps is known for its thermal baths and is an ideal base for an altitude training session. Demi Vollering, Lotte Kopecky, Lonneke Uneken, Niamh Fisher-Black, Blanka Vas and Anna Shackley will prepare themselves here for the Giro Donne and Tour de France Femmes. The team stays here in Les 3 Vallées at an altitude of over 2000 metres.
In the Women's Tour, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio reenters competition after her crash in Durango-Durango, in which she broke a rib and sprained her coccyx. The British Tour is one of Moolman-Pasio's favorite races. "This was the first big stage race in women's cycling. Added to that is the fact that I have British roots. So I want to make no secret of the fact that I am aiming for the overall victory."
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In RideLondon, Christine Majerus, Elena Cecchini, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Marlen Reusser are back to racing after an altitude training. "Everything went according to plan, I was able to train well, so I'm looking forward to the second part of the season," says Marlen Reusser.
The Vuelta a Burgos ended as it started for Team SD Worx: with a victory. After the fourth stage was coloured by Team SD Worx, Demi Vollering finished the job. The new leader of the WorldTour ranking triumphed on the steep summit of Lagunas de Neila. "This was terribly difficult," she said.
Lotte Kopecky returned to competition in the Vuelta a Burgos after an altitude training and a week of rest. The Belgian champion went for a stage win and was immediately successful. In Aranda De Duero she gave everyone the slip and won supremely in the sprint. "This gives confidence for what's to come."
After an extremely successful Itzulia, the Vuelta a Burgos is Team SD Worx' second Spanish WorldTour stage race. Lotte Kopecky returns to competition after an altitude training course in Denia. "I'm not starting to fill the peloton, I'm hoping for a stage win," says the number one in the UCI individual ranking.
Demi Vollering did a great job last weekend by winning all three stages in Itzulia Women. However, she won't be able to enjoy it for long, as a new WorldTour race is scheduled for Tuesday: Durango-Durango Emakumeen Saria. "I don't really realise yet that I have done something very special. But I have no time to dwell on it. After all, we are going for four victories in a row," says Demi Vollering. Although she looks back on her special three days in an interview.
Three times is a charm. Demi Vollering made cycling history by winning all three stages in the first ever Itzulia Women. "Itzulia is a great race. Winning three stages in a row, that's insane."
A bis number for Demi Vollering and Team SD Worx in Itzulia Women! After controlling the race for a whole day and being alert at the front, Vollering slipped into the decisive breakaway. On the steep final meters she made the difference for the second day in a row. With a devastating acceleration, the 25-year-old Dutch rider rode to her second World Tour victory in as many days. She also strengthened her leading position in the general classification of Itzulia Women. "This was the perfect day," she said.
Itzulia Women heralded the start of the second part of the season. The multi-day stage race began with a difficult opening stage, which was convincingly won by Demi Vollering. The Dutch rider was always to be seen at the front in the decisive moments of the race. She finished it off in an uphill sprint after a breakaway with Pauliena Rooijakkers and Kristen Faulkner. "This finish suited me, this gives a very good feeling," Vollering said in an initial reaction.
Leading European payroll and HR services provider SD Worx has extended its contract as main sponsor of the best women's team in the UCI rankings until the end of 2026. "We want to pull out all the stops to maintain the leading position of Team SD Worx. In addition, by extending our sponsorship we want to help facilitate the further development of women's cycling in general", says CEO Kobe Verdonck.
The condition of Amy Pieters has changed. There is consciousness. This means that she can communicate slightly non-verbally. Amy recognizes people, understands what is being said and is able to carry out more and more assignments.
Team SD Worx finished the spring season with fifteen podium finishes, five of which were victories. In Liège-Bastogne-Liège Demi Vollering and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio finished in third and fourth place, just like in the Flèche Wallonne. Annemiek van Vleuten proved to be the strongest and finished solo. "We couldn't close the gap on the Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons. Unfortunately I missed some freshness," Demi Vollering said honestly afterwards.
Team SD Worx will be at the start of Liège-Bastogne-Liège with a clear goal: to defend last year's victory. On Friday the team explored the last 70 kilometres of the race, which has long been indicated in Demi Vollering's agenda. "It is my favourite race. After my victory last year, I now hope to triumph for the second year in a row."
In the Flèche Wallonne Demi Vollering signed for Team SD Worx's 14th podium spot this season. The team always had control of the race in the first Ardennes classic. Despite the redrawn finale, the decision fell once again on the final climb of the Mur de Huy. There Marta Cavalli eventually won the duel with Annemiek van Vleuten. Demi Vollering finished third ten seconds later. "This was a really tough race, I'm completely empty," was Vollering's first reaction.
Who says Flèche Wallonne, mentions Anna van der Breggen in one breath. The former Olympic and world champion has won the Flèche Wallonne seven times in a row. On Wednesday 20 April 2022, someone else will claim the top step of the podium. "We want to keep the Flèche Wallone within the team," Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio said. "Because we are climbing the Mur de Huy and the Mur de Cherave three times for the first time, I expect a more open race."
"When you feel that there was more in it, losing hurts," said sports manager Danny Stam at the edge of the cycling track. Lotte Kopecky's second place in Paris-Roubaix is a great result. Especially since Team SD Worx again played a dominant role in the final. However, the team was not satisfied with the umpteenth nice, short result of the year.
On Saturday the second edition of Paris-Roubaix will take place. In the Hell of the North, Team SD Worx once again has several cards to play. "Paris-Roubaix is very high on our wish list," say Christine Majerus and Chantal van den Broek-Blaak.
The 2022 season is so far a dream year for Lotte Kopecky. Beforehand, the 26-year-old Belgian champion hoped to win one classic, but in the meantime the Strade Bianche and the Tour of Flanders are already on her palmares. Paris-Roubaix is also still on her wish list. "But that doesn't have to be this year. If I can do something for my teammates, I'll do it with pleasure."
Team SD Worx strikes again. In a rainy and difficult Brabantse Pijl it was Demi Vollering who triumphed. With 30km to go, Vollering went on the attack with Pauliena Rooijakkers. With an ultimate acceleration on the Moskesstraat, Vollering also threw her only remaining competitor overboard. After a solo of about ten kilometres, Vollering triumphed, opening her account this season. "It's a really good feeling to have our first win."
Team SD Worx coloured the Amstel Gold Race, but due to a surprising attack by Marta Cavalli on the spur of the Cauberg 1.7 kilometres from the finish, Demi Vollering had to settle for second place for the second year in a row. "Just at that moment Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and I were looking at each other for a second. Of course it's hard not to win again, but the podium is better than nothing," said the Dutchwoman after the finish.
After their convincing win in the Tour of Flanders, Team SD Worx heads for the Amstel Gold Race with confidence. Blanka Kata Vas will be back in competition after a short break. With the return of Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Niamh Fisher-Black, Team SD Worx seems ready for the battle on the slopes. "The Amstel Gold Race is simply a very tough race. That plays into our hands," says Chantal van den Broek-Blaak.
After the Strade Bianche, Lotte Kopecky won her second major victory in less than a month with the Tour of Flanders. The Belgian champion defeated Annemiek van Vleuten in Oudenaarde and thus has the Tour of Flanders, her dream race and first monument, in her pocket. The 26-year-old rider worked coolly through a sophisticated team plan, with a starring role for Chantal van de Broek-Blaak, who completed the podium. "I don't realise it yet. I just won the race of my dreams," Kopecky said in a first reaction.
On Thursday, Team SD Worx explored the final 95 kilometres of the Tour of Flanders. After all, the addition of the Koppenberg changed the course. "This recon was definitely useful. The race just seems to get better," said Chantal van de Broek-Blaak. Watch some images of our reconnaissance here.
Team SD Worx and Maurten officially join forces, but our riders have already successfully used some of Maurten's groundbreaking prototypes. We are proud to announce our cooperation with the Swedish sports nutrition company.
Team SD Worx explored the final 95 kilometres of the Tour of Flanders on Thursday. New in this edition is the Koppenberg. For the first time, the women's peloton traverses the steep Flemish cobbled slope in a race. "On the Koppenberg you cannot win the Ronde, but you can lose the race there," is the conclusion within Team SD Worx.
In Gent-Wevelgem, just like in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Brugge-De Panne, Team SD Worx had to be satisfied with a fourth place. The race was again hard fought, each time with attacks from the Team SD Worx camp, but in the end it was a sprint for the victory. Lotte Kopecky fell just short of the podium and finished after Elisa Balsamo, Marianne Vos and Maria Confalonieri. "I came into the wind too early and lacked speed," said the Belgian champion.
With Gent-Wevelgem, Team SD Worx is cutting the final straight for the Tour of Flanders. The race at Flanders Field lends itself to being hard and selective, a favourite technique of Team SD Worx. "Nokere Koerse and Brugge-De Panne confirmed my good form. Despite a tough training week, the legs were really good. I am going to Gent-Wevelgem with confidence," Lotte Kopecky said.
Brugge - De Panne had a chaotic finale with a massive crash 15km from the end. Lonneke Uneken, the spearhead of Team SD Worx in the fourth WorldTour race of the year, was held up by this, so it took her energy to get back in the right position for the sprint. "Sad that I miss the podium," the 22-year-old Dutch rider said afterwards.
With three victories and eight podium places, Team SD Worx had a strong first racing month. Bruges-De Panne offers a new opportunity for the number one team in the WorldTour ranking. The squad hopes for wind, but with Lotte Kopecky and Lonneke Uneken they also have fast legs for the sprint. "We have a strong selection at the start. It would be nice to have windy conditions, but even without we will be competing for the podium," said sports manager Danny Stam.
Team SD Worx returned from the Trofeo Binda with a good feeling. In the third WorldTour race of the year, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Elena Cecchini finished fourth and fifth respectively. While world champion Elisa Bolsamo claimed victory in her home country, the team is disappointed that it was unable to catch the sprinters on the final lap.
With 3 wins and a total of 8 top-3 places, Team SD Worx has not missed its start. With the Trofeo Binda, the third Worldtour race of the season is coming up. After earlier wins in the Strade Bianche and a podium finish in Drenthe, SD Worx starts with confidence in Italy. "This is one of my big goals. We will try to dominate the race and make it as hard as possible," said Elena Cecchini.
In the Ronde van Drenthe Team SD Worx once again put in a strong performance, but also had some bad luck. No less than five flat tires and a worn out chain caused the team to lose energy early on, nevertheless the final was once again colored by Team SD Worx. Lotte Kopecky - who punctured herself about 15 kilometers from the line - finished third in the sprint. "Unfortunately I lost the right wheel in the sprint," said the Belgian champion.
After Lotte Kopecky's win in a spectacular Strade Bianche, the Women's WorldTour peloton heads to Drenthe. In the northern part of the Netherlands, a lot of wind, twists and turns, mossy cobblestones and the VAM mountain await the riders. "We will try to defend our number one position in the WorldTour ranking," said Christine Majerus.
Third time’s a charm. Christine Majerus pulled off a nice win in Drentse Acht van Westerveld. After a old style race without communication, the Luxembourgian champion used her experience to finish off and take the third win of the season. “We were up front all the time, which is the old style of racing. It suits me well.”
Lotte Kopecky wins the Strade Bianche. The Belgian champion rules the Piazza Del Campo and defeats Annemiek Van Vleuten in a direct duel. Good for a back-to-back win for Team SD Worx. Kopecky follows Van de Broek-Blaak on the list of winners of the Strade Bianche, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio shows the supremacy of Team SD Worx by completing the podium. "What a perfect day. I can hardly believe it," Lotte Kopecky said.
Team SD Worx heads to the Strade Bianche with confidence, trying to defend last year's win by Chantal van de Broek-Blaak. After the strong team performance in the opening weekend, sporting director Danny Stam looks ahead with confidence. "We have already shown that the form is good.
The stage was locked in for a long time, as the wind was not strong enough to create fans, but after the first passage of the local lap the peloton broke into pieces. Team SD Worx did not miss the train and was fully in front. The peloton would sprint for the win. Elena Cecchini provided a clever lead out and Lonneke Uneken finished it off. The first win of the season is a special one. "After a very difficult period, I'm very happy about this," Lonneke Uneken said. "This victory is for Amy. I hope it can give her and her family some strength."
The first Worldtour race is just around the corner with Strade Bianche. After an extremely successful 2021, expectations for Team SD Worx are high. Last year many important races were won and the season ended in a convincing first place in the UCI ranking. However, last winter multiple winner Anna van der Breggen traded in her bike for the team car. Nevertheless, Team SD Worx will not start the race dismantled. "Certainly not, we are very strong across the board. This season you won't be able to get around us either," assures sporting director Danny Stam.
The opening weekend is over. Team SD Worx hasn't won yet, but was at the forefront in both the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Omloop van het Hageland. In Tielt-Winge, Elena Cecchini sprinted to fourth place after another strong team performance. "Unfortunately I couldn't keep up with Marta Bastianelli," she said.
Team SD Worx started the season with a podium finish in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for Demi Vollering. The 25-year-old Dutch rider sprinted for victory alongside Annemiek Van Vleuten, but had to settle for second place. The team gave a strong performance, which augurs well for the future.
After Demi Vollering's second place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Team SD Worx will be looking for their first win of the season in the Omloop van het Hageland. It will do so with the following selection: Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, Roxane Fournier, Lotte Kopecky, Lonneke Uneken, Elena Cecchini and Marlen Reusser. Sportive directors are Lars Boom and Anna van der Breggen.
With the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Team SD Worx officially kicks off its new cycling season. The course has been redesigned, with the riders doing the same last 55 kilometres as the men. That does not change anything about the ambitions: Team SD Worx is looking for a second consecutive victory. Anna van der Breggen - who won last year's opening race - will accompany her teammates in the team car.
Christine Majerus won’t ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Omloop van het Hageland. “I was supposed to kick of my road season this weekend with Nieuwsblad and Hageland, but unfortunately I have been in close contact at home.
Team SD Worx presented itself to the general public on Wednesday, February 2 at 3 pm. Revisit the full show here.
Chantal van den Broek-Blaak has reconsidered her earlier decision to stop cycling after the spring of 2022. The 32-year-old former world champion has now decided that she will continue as a rider until the end of 2024. She did also indicate that she may have to take a break at some point as she is planning to have children. The Team SD Worx management welcomes Blaak's proposal and is looking forward to keeping her on the team.
Demi Vollering's contract with Team SD Worx has been renegotiated and extended until the end of 2024. Vollering's victories in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, La Course and the Women's Tour last season have shown that she is one of the best cyclists in the peloton.
Rider Amy Pieters is still being treated at a Dutch hospital after a fall during a training session in Spain right before Christmas several weeks ago. The Pieters family has received many questions about her condition, but for now they can report little change and they see the situation as uncertain. The cyclist is breathing independently, but is currently still unconscious.
Team SD Worx heeft het contract met Niamh Fisher-Black verlengd tot eind 2024. Daarmee heeft de ploeg een van de grootste talenten uit het vrouwenpeloton voor de komende drie seizoenen weten vast te leggen. De 21-jarige Nieuw-Zeelandse won in 2021, haar debuutjaar in de kleuren van Team SD Worx, het jongerenklassement in de WorldTour.
For Team SD Worx it was a great challenge, in cooperation with Specialized, to make the 2022 jersey even more beautiful than the one with which SD Worx debuted in the women's peloton in 2021 as main sponsor. In January 2021, the Team SD Worx shirt was crowned the most beautiful in the peloton by 85% of GCN Racing's followers.
Insurance company Yuzzu becomes an important sponsor of Team SD Worx as from next season. The Belgian company signed a contract with the best women’s team in the world for two years (2022-2023) with an option for an extra year (2024). “The arrival of Yuzzu enforces our ambition to remain the number one team in the world”, emphasizes team manager Erwin Janssen.
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