Chantal Blaak and Christine Majerus will be riding for Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team until the end of 2018. Both have extended their current contract by two years. Dutch cyclist Chantal Blaak has had her most successful spring cycling season to date with UCI Women's WorldTour victories in the Tour of Drenthe and Gent-Wevelgem. The 26-year-old was part of the Boels-Dolman’s first team time trial victory at Energiewacht Tour and won Energiewacht Tour stage two and GP Le Samyn des Dames. Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus (29) was of great importance to Boels-Dolmans this spring in her roles as road captain, domestique and finisher. This year she won Dwars door de Westhoek and had podium finishes in the Drentse 8, Energiewacht Tour, Festival Elsy Jacobs and the Omloop van Borsele. Like Blaak, Majerus was part of the team’s historic first team time trial victory at the Energiewacht Tour.
Blaak did not have to think long about the proposal to extend her contract. “I feel very much at home in this team, where everything is organised down to the last detail. Plus, a two-year contract gives you stability and confidence, which is a great feeling,” Blaak said. “This team also has a good balance of hard work and maximum results in a relaxed atmosphere.”“ I'm very satisfied with my spring season so far and hope to continue in the same form and achieve many more great race results, for example at the Dutch National Championships on Goeree-Overflakkee and at the World Championships in Qatar,” Blaak added. “And together with the team , of course, I want to win the world team time trial title. I still haven't forgotten those few seconds we fell short of winning gold at last year's World Championships in Richmond.”
Christine Majerus – now in her third season with the team – is also looking forward to furthering her cycling ambitions within the trusted environment of the Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team. “I’ve already enjoyed three fantastic years with the team,” Majerus said. “ As a team we've made some incredible progress, which has paid off this spring with a great start to the season. It makes an enormous difference when you know that you can rely on your teammates and everyone else who works for the team gives one hundred percent. This is the spirit in which I want to continue.” “For me it is also important that I can ride in cyclo-cross races, especially in light of the upcoming World Championships in Luxembourg this winter,” Majerus added. “The coming months, my sights are set on the Olympic Games in Rio.”
In April, we announced that world champion Lizzie Armitstead and team manager Danny Stam extended their contracts by the same period. Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping will remain active as sponsor in women's cycling until at least the end of 2018. The team's management is hoping to further outline the future of this spring's most successful women's cycling team during the upcoming months.