Dutch rider Amber van der Hulst has announced that she will require a second surgery on her femoral artery. It’s the same issue that saw Van der Hulst struggle in 2022, when she hoped that surgery would fix the issues. This second surgery is scheduled for 6 weeks time and will help fix a pinch in the femoral artery. That affects her riding with other riders with similar conditions saying it affects the amount of power able to be produced in that leg.
Van der Hulst was signed to Liv Racing TeqFind last season after a very strong 2021 year with Parkhotel Valkenburg. That year she took podiums at GP Eco-Struct, Flanders Diamond Tour and GP d’Isbergues as well as top-10s in Women’s WorldTour races. The kink in her artery stopped her from reaching the same heights in 2022. She took some good results in the Baloise Ladies Tour, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. Van der Hulst hasn’t raced so far in 2023.
“The situation creates a double feeling. On the one hand, it is annoying that I will be out of the running for a while. On the other hand, I am relieved, because it explains why last season was disappointing and I didn’t make the step I hoped to make. Not everything goes as planned. Let’s look forward with a smile and a positive mindset. Every day I’m not racing, I get even more motivated to come back stronger.”Amber van der Hulst
It’s a contract year for the Dutch rider, with Liv Racing TeqFind mired in a relegation battle from the Women’s WorldTour. She will hope to come back from the surgery and get some good results later in the year. Races like the Simac Ladies Tour in September will now firmly become goals with points to be scored.