Boels-Dolmans Cycling proudly announces the arrival of ‘Belgian bullet’ Jolien D’Hoore in 2019. Her name was revealed during a press conference on Wednesday 3 October at the Van der Valk Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium.
“I like the overall vision of this team, it totally fits my ideas,” says D’Hoore about her transfer to Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team.
The 28 year old has booked impressive results in her career so far. In road racing, she was crowned the Belgian champion three times, she won three stages in both the Giro d’Italia and the Women’s Tour, outsprinted her competitors in the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta twice and took many more wins both on UCI and Women’s WorldTour level.
Her track performances have been formidable as well. With plenty of national titles to her name, she also earned the European title in several events. During her U23 years, she was the European champion in the points race, the omnium and the team pursuit. In the elite category, she was the first European and world champion on the madison together with Lotte Kopecky. Additionally, she earned a bronze medal in the omnium at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
D’Hoore represented Belgian teams for years before she transferred to British team Wiggle-High5 in 2015 for three years. In 2018, she was part of the Australian squad of Mitchelton-Scott. Now, she returns to a team from the low lands.
“Danny Stam first contacted me and after meeting with him, I felt that there was mutual trust and I appreciate the professionality with which the team works,” says D’Hoore about her decision to join the team. “For a while now, Boels-Dolmans has been the number one team in women’s cycling, home to so many champions. I feel honoured that I will be part of the team next year.”
“I think we can ride for the win in any race in 2019 and of course I hope to be able to contribute to those wins,” D’Hoore looks forward to 2019. “I’m massively looking forward to riding the Spring Classics with this strong team!”
D’Hoore will continue to combine road cycling with her ambitions on the track, just like her future teammates Amy Pieters and Amalie Dideriksen.
“I feel good combining both disciplines,” says D’Hoore. “The madison is the main event I focus on in track cycling. The next two years therefore will be all about qualifying for Tokyo 2020 on the madison. It means I’ll ride several World Cup races, followed by full road seasons.”
For D’Hoore, combining road and track isn’t a difficulty, the disciplines only complement each other.
“Both disciplines have a positive influence on each other, so it improves my sprint on the road and my endurance on the track,” explains D’Hoore. “In the madison specifically, Danny Stam obviously also has plenty of experience to support me. So all in all, I am beyond excited to start this new adventure."