For Jolien D'hoore, the Olympic Year of 2021 will be her last year as an active rider. She will be focusing solely on the track programme in Tokyo. The 30-year-old achieved her first victory in a Flemish classic in Ghent-Wevelgem this year, proving that she is still competing at the highest level on the road as well.
Sporting Director Danny Stam has high expectations of D'hoore: "In 2019, Jolien was unlucky because she broke her collarbone and elbow. After the coronavirus lockdown, she has proved her abilities in the Flemish classics with her convincing victory in Ghent-Wevelgem as the highlight. I know for sure that she is eager to excel next year in the colours of our main sponsor, SD Worx from Belgium. I am expecting a number of great wins from her on the road. She will focus on the Flemish events in the spring and, after April, she will start working towards the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”
“I didn't hesitate for long when the team offered me a new contract," Jolien D’Hoore says. "Even though I'm the only Belgian in this Dutch team, I have felt right at home with Boels-Domans over the past years. I am proud that SD Worx will be my team's new main sponsor in the coming years. It is a large, well-known company that has Belgian roots like me. As a Belgian cyclist, I am hoping to put this sponsor in the spotlight.”
Jolien D’Hoore won the bronze medal for the omnium race event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. D’Hoore has also been very successful in the madison discipline with Lotte Kopecky in recent years. Together, they became European champions (2016) and world champions (2017) in this event. Stam would also like to see her compete in the omnium race event in Tokyo. “Now that the short, explosive parts have been removed from omnium racing, D’Hoore stands a very good chance of securing a medal. It has made it easier to transition from road racing to the track", explains Stam.
D'Hoore herself says that she will focus fully on the madison in Tokyo 2021: “My chances of a medal are greatest in the madison, so that discipline is my absolute priority. At the Olympics, we will see who is the strongest at that particular time – Lotte or myself – to compete in the omnium.”
Date of birth: 1990-03-14