The women’s team was unpleasantly surprised on Saturday morning. Thieves had stolen the competition bikes of six of the seven riders from the truck in front of the hotel at night.
Where her teammates could grab a spare bike, that was not an option for Van Dijk. “Unfortunately mine is a different model,” said Van Dijk.
“That is why I am now cycling on Koen de Kort’s bicycle (from the Trek-Segafredo men’s team, ed.) And that bicycle has been converted to my size. So we can get off to a good start. It was very crazy waking up for us and a bit of a shock. Fortunately, everything has already been arranged, but it is very sour. ”
Remarkably, the bikes of Italian headwoman Elisa Longo Borghini, winner of the Strade Bianche in 2017, were not stolen.
In the past two years, a Dutch person always crossed the finish line first in Piazza del Campo in Siena. Last year Annemiek van Vleuten triumphed, in 2018 the victory went to Anna van der Breggen.
If it is up to De Kort, Van Dijk will win this year. Although the 37-year-old Dutchman jokingly stated that he did not hope that his compatriot would run too fast. Please do not improve my wealth records. No, good luck. My bicycle deserves a victory ”, says De Kort, himself more of a reliable servant than a winner.
The soap is reminiscent of two years ago, when the 1.82 meter cyclist lent a time trial suit with Jos van Emden, who lost his suitcase, during the European Time Trial Championships in Glasgow.
The women were already about halfway through the 136 kilometer course through the hills of Tuscany around 14.15. The Strade Bianche is known for the unpaved, often dusty trails included in the trail.
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