Ellen van Dijk has got off the mark with her first win in her latest set of rainbow stripes. She won the 2022 Chrono des Nations today, racing in the retained rainbow jersey that she won in Wollongong last month. With Marlen Reusser not racing and not much of the top-10 from the World Championships, as mentioned in the ProCyclingUK Chrono des Nations race preview, Van Dijk was in a league of her own here.
Raced over 27.2km, Van Dijk was comfortably ahead at the intermediate point from Anna Kiesenhofer and Christina Schweinberger. The gap then was 13 and 18 seconds back to the pair of Austrians. After that point, Van Dijk really motored on and finished over a minute ahead of 2nd-placed rider Valeriya Kononenko at 1’06”. Amber Neben finished 3rd at 1’18”, with Christina Schweinberger falling to 4th by the end and Loes Adegeest in 5th.
“I always enjoy participating in this race and I am happy that I was able to win here. The organisation has really put a lot of effort into this race and it is on par with the men’s edition. I appreciate that a lot. I also like these kinds of one-day races that only consist of a time trial, especially because I like time trials so much. I say it more often, but events like this should be held more in my opinion.
I get very happy when I look back on the season. Breaking the world hour record was already a dream that became reality this year, but also defending my world title in the time trial I never dared dream of because from experience I know how difficult it is. There were eight years between my first and second world title.
It’s amazing how great the last two years have been, which shows how well everything is going with the team and how good the relationship is with my coach Josu Larratabel. Everything has come together, and I am already looking forward to next year.”Ellen van Dijk
Chrono des Nations 2022 Results
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