Chantal Blaak

Gallery: How Ellen van Dijk won the Energiewacht Tour

The Belgian classics period was swiftly followed by the first European stage race last week. The five day, six stage Energiewacht Tour took place in the north of the Netherlands from April 6th to April 10th. With only Cervélo-Bigla and Cylance Pro Cycling absent from the top 10 of the UCI teams ranking, the start field was of high […]

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Daily News Digest

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Sammy Sanchez wins in another close Basque stage; Blaak wins Energiewacht Tour stage 2, takes over lead; Vorobyev makes it two wins at Circuit de la Sarthe; Lechuga takes the opening stage at Redlands Classic; Companioni solos to victory at opening stage of Redlands Classic; Scheldeprijs record-setter Kittel: The […]

Boels-Dolmans’ recipe for success

The Boels-Dolmans team seems untouchable this season. They have won every event in the UCI Women’s WorldTour (WWT), and the series’ leader and world champion Lizzie Armitstead’s main competitor in the WWT rankings is her own teammate Chantal Blaak. While Wiggle High5’s Emma Johansson came close to taking a win away from Boels-Dolmans this past weekend, all other […]

Photo gallery: Lizzie Armitstead takes the win in ‘dream race’ Flanders

It might have been the very first springlike day in Belgium, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees Celsius, that didn’t make yesterday’s Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) any less difficult. Although the first part of the race was quite uneventful, the tempo picked up after seventy minutes, never to slow down again. Just ahead of the second-to-last climb on […]

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Lizzie Armitstead wins Flanders by a bike throw

She had been outspoken about wanting the win, and after an already dominant start to the season, there was little doubt that Lizzie Armitstead would be victorious in Flanders. But Wiggle-High5’s Emma Johansson sure didn’t make it easy for Armitstead and ultimately came down to a bike throw, with Armitstead edging out Johansson by little more […]

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Seven things to know about Women’s WorldTour leader Chantal Blaak

Dutchwoman Chantal Blaak is enjoying a stellar start to the 2016 season. She won Gent-Wevelgem last Sunday with an impressive solo run to the line, taking home her second Women’s WorldTour victory and third win in a month. She’d previously won Ronde van Drenthe as well as Le Samyn, and she came in second only to […]

Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Sagan: Demoitié’s death is a tragic reminder that riders’ safety must be an absolute priority; Shock, sadness and calls for change: Cycling world reacts to death of Antoine Demoitié; Marcel Kittel calls for increased safety in professional cycling; Commentary: Gent-Wevelgem fatality a tragedy that has been a […]

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Photo gallery: with yet another win in Gent-Wevelgem, Boels-Dolmans continues winning streak

The orange Boels-Dolmans team continued its domination of the UCI Women’s WorldTour over the weekend with another win for Chantal Blaak. Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) came in second and Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) rounded out the podium. Boels-Dolman has now won every Women’s WorldTour event thus far with Lizzie Armitstead and Chantal Blaak each claiming two victories. […]

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Daily News Digest

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan takes first victory as world champion, wins Gent-Wevelgem; Nairo Quintana wins Volta a Catalunya as Tsatevich scoops final stage; Pinot takes two stage wins and final overall classification in Critérium International; Cycling therapy in Gent-Wevelgem, where Chantal Blaak takes her second Women’s WorldTour race; Pirazzi […]

Cycling therapy in Gent-Wevelgem, where Chantal Blaak claims her second Women’s WorldTour win

It’s been a strange couple of days following the terrorist attacks around Brussels on Tuesday morning. While it was Belgium that was hit right in the heart, it’s scary for all of Europe, with earlier attacks in Paris, London and Madrid. We all empathise with Belgium, either because our country has experienced something similar before, or we […]