Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team is looking forward to continue its spring campaign in Drenthe this week. The Women’s WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe on Sunday March 11 is preceded by the UCI1.2 Drentse Acht on Friday. Where we bring a line-up full experience to the Women's WorldTour race, we offer chances for our younger riders in the Drentse Acht van Westerveld.
As the runner-up of the 2016 edition, Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus headlines the Drentse Acht team along with Amy Pieters, who returns to the road after completing her successful track season with silver at the 2018 World Track Championships last week. Amalie Dideriksen will also make her first kilometres in a road race this Friday, having walked away from Track Worlds with a silver and bronze medal. The team is completed by Jip van den Bos, Skylar Schneider and Anna Plichta.
For the Women's WorldTour race on Sunday, Boels-Dolmans brings the last two winners of this race to the start with world champion Chantal Blaak and former world champ Dideriksen. Two other riders, Pieters and Anna van der Breggen, return to the race where they have been on the podium before. This quartet will be supported by Jip van den Bos, last year's eleventh place finisher, and Majerus.
The Drenthe races are characterized by their cobble sectors and narrow roads. The red, white and blue of the Luxembourg champ at the front of the peloton, controlling the break or the pace in the race, is a familiar sight and we are looking forward to controlling the race once again. Good team work is essential to take the victory in these races and Boels-Dolmans aims to deliver again this week.
The Drentse Acht van Westerveld is a UCI1.2 race with 28 teams participating. The field consists of twenty UCI teams and eight Dutch club teams. The start will be given at 1pm CET at the Hotel Wessling Brink in Dwingeloo. There's a double ascent of the VAM-berg and some cobbles before the finish is reached after 141.7 kilometres.
The Ronde van Drenthe starts from the City Hall in Emmen at 10.45am CET and will also pass several cobble sectors. The peloton will have to go up the VAM-berg four times and there are three local laps before the race finishes in Hoogeveen after 157.2 kilometers. The race is livestreamed in the Netherlands on NOS.nl, plus there will be highlights on Eurosport in several countries. Follow on Twitter at @RondevDrenthe or with the Women's WorldTour hashtag #UCIWWT.
Boels-Dolmans for Drentse Acht van Westerveld
Jip van den Bos
Boels-Dolmans for Ronde van Drenthe
Jip van den Bos
Anna van der Breggen