Chantal Blaak

Preview: Vos, Van der Breggen, Johansson and other top Europeans to compete at first-ever elite European Championships

One glance at the startlist for this weekend’s European Championships in France shows that the race for the coveted gold-starred blue jersey will be hard-fought. All road Olympic medalists — Anna van der Breggen (NED), Emma Johansson (SWE) and Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) — are slated to compete as are former world champions Marianne Vos, …

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The inaugural Women’s WorldTour recap in numbers, videos and photos

After 17 rounds of fierce racing, the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour concluded in Madrid yesterday where WiggleHigh5 scored their third Women’s WorldTour victory with Jolien d’Hoore taking the win and teammate Chloe Hosking coming in second. Boels-Dolmans’ Megan Guarnier had already secured the series title several races prior with an impressive lead over second place finisher …

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Emilia Fahlin gets her first Women’s WorldTour victory in front of a home crowd in Sweden

Illness swept through the peloton ahead of the early, foggy morning start of the Vårgårda road race today.  Cervélo-Bigla’s Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Joëlle Numainville sat out the race as did  Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv), who was feeling ‘unfit to race’. This meant that Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) was the only one returning winner in the mix today, but lots of other …

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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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