Ellen van Dijk on the cobbles of Les Champs Ellen van Dijk on the cobbles of Les Champs

Ellen van Dijk on the cobbles of Les Champs

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Samedi, Juillet 26, 2014

Less than 24 hours before the BIG RACE, we had the chance to discuss La Course by Le Tour, Women Cycling and SRAM with Ellen van Dijk (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team).

Ellen van Dijk is looking forward to race on the cobbles of Les Champs Élysées in Paris for the first edition of La Course by Le Tour. She is expecting a lot from this race for the development of Women Cycling. “La Course is a step towards the level of attention it deserves. There’s a lot of attention before it. It will be broadcasted in 104 countries I’ve heard; a lot of spectators are here. So it’s important that we show an attractive race and not wait for a bunch sprint. It’s a chance to show what we can do.”

She wants to make this race interesting and exciting for the public in order to make women want to ride and race and also to bring more sponsors for the development of Women Cycling. “I hope that a lot of people around the world will watch us and think “Wow” that’s a cool sport. Maybe other women get inspired and so some new sponsors.”

The 2013 Team and Individual Time-Trial World Champion and 2014 Tour of Flanders winner is one of the main contenders for the victory on Les Champs Élysées. While she hopes that the race won’t come down to a bunch sprint, being a time-trialist, a strong rouleur and a Classic rider, the other athletes won’t let her go away. “The others might be focused on me because they know I’m not a bunch sprinter and they also know that I want to go on a breakaway and most of the time when I’m in a breakaway I like to work and my companions like to ride with a Time-Trialist. In other races I could notice that they are focused on my wheels.”

For the men’s race, the last stage of the Tour de France always come down to a bunch sprint. Ellen thinks it can definitely be different for them. “For us it’s only one day race, 90kms. So that’s maybe why we can have a breakaway while with men it’s always a bunch sprint. Everybody is tired after three weeks. For us it’s one day so a good opportunity to show yourself.”

The Dutch talent who rides SRAM RED 22 for several years, praises her groupset “22 is really nice, you never have a gap in between. You can shift every gear you like. It shifts exact and it’s precise. The groupset is also very light.”  

Let’s have a closer look to her bike for La Course by Le Tour


Frame: Specialized Amira
Groupset: SRAM RED 22
Shifters: SRAM RED 22 DoubleTap - ErgoDynamic Shifter
Chainrings: 53*39 (crank arms: 172.5mm)
Front Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 Yaw with chain spotter
Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED 22 short-cage
Brakes: SRAM RED Aerolink (Front & Rear)
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170 (11-25)
Chain: SRAM RED 22

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