Sarah interviews… Chantal Blaak
The 2015 cycling season has hardly started, but wow, Boels Dolmans are already the team to beat, with Ellen van Dijk and Lizzie Armitstead winning at the Ladies Tour of Qatar, Megan Guarnier winning Strade Bianche, and Chantal Blaak winning Le Samyn. Blaak is such a huge talent – being part of the Team Time Trial squad that won the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT World Cup last year, and then going on to win the Road Race, finishing the season with a gold in the TTT World Championships. She’s one of those riders that epitomises Dutch-style Classics cycling, loving the rain, cobbles, wind, breakaways, and every time the race gets hard, so who better than to talk about the first Road World Cup of the season, the Boels Rental Ronde van Drenthe World Cup? She tells us what it’s like to race in Drenthe, how it was to win a World Cup and World Champs gold last year, how she got into cycling, and much more. (27:10 mins, 26.1 MB)
If you prefer to read your interviews, there’s a transcript of the first half of this interview over on Podium Café.
The Boels Rental World Cup on Saturday 14th March 2015 is one of three women’s races in Drenthe – starting with the Molecaten Drentse Acht on Thursday 12th, which Blaak won last year, and finishing on Sunday with the Novilon Eurocup on Sunday 15th. Follow those links to find out more, and make sure you’re following the Ronde van Drenthe twitter. There will be live streaming and tv of the World Cup on RTV Drenthe and on NOS.nl and I can give you all the details of following and watching live over here – and here’s the clip of Blaak at the 2014 Drentse 8:
Last week Chantal won Le Samyn des Dames, and you can see her beautiful long sprint in this Sporza video. Her win at the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup was a gorgeous attacking moment, and all the videos are here. And if you want to watch her as part of Specialized-lululemon’s gold medal winning team at the Vårgårda TTT World Cup and the 2014 TTT World Championships, click through those links.
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