2015 Road World Championships Q&As Part 2: Elisa Longo Borghini, Ellen van Dijk & Kasia Niewiadoma

The women’s cycling peloton are super-talented, but also so friendly and generous with their time off the bike as well.  Early in the week, I was lucky enough to get some Q&As with D’hoore, Elena Cecchini, Vale Scandolara, Amanda Spratt & Jessie Walker about the Richmond 2015 road race, and now I’m back with part 2, with Classics star Elisa Longo Borghini, TT and cobbles-lover Ellen van Dijk, and the u23 European Champion Katarzyna Niewiadoma.

Elisa Longo Borghini

ELB starts as one of the favourites, and this young Italian already has a bronze medal from the 2012 Worlds.  She won this year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen, so the cobbles won’t trouble her!

What’s it like in Richmond?

Richmond has been really welcoming to us cyclists. People have been really kind with us and it happened quite a lot that some of the car drivers came next to us while riding for wishing good luck!

What’s the road race course like?

It’s a strange course. The last five kilometres are really tough compared to the rest of the lap. It’s going to be a hard final!

Which riders do you think it suits?

I think a rider that is not a super sprinter but more a classic rider with a good sprint.

What’s it like racing with the Italian national team rather than Wiggle Honda?  Can you tell us anything about the plan?

I can’t tell anything about the tactics of course. But racing with the Italians it’s really nice. I like the atmosphere between us girls. We’re riding every race against each other, but on this occasion we’re united and solid.

What will you do when Worlds are over?

I’m going home the day after the worlds, I need some time at home ’cause I’ve been away for so much time. I’ve been home three days in September and I need some rest with my family and friends!

Follow Elisa on her twitter – and here’s a little video in Italian about Worlds:


Ellen van Dijk

Ellen is one of the ITT stars, who is this incredible force on the road, powering her way to winning Flanders last year and being THE best superstar domestique on the roads.  Richmond hasn’t been the best for her, but she’ll give it her all in the road race

This Worlds must be a bit bittersweet for you, with the Team Time Trial silver and the mechanical in the ITT – how are you feeling?

Yes, you are right. I’m proud of our achievement in the TTT as a team, but nevertheless it was disappointing ’cause we were so close.

The ITT was disappointing. I wanted to compete for the medals, but never was really in contention. It was frustrating to have mechanical problems, and a 7th place was not what I worked so hard for the last couple of weeks.

How’s the atmosphere?  Both when racing and with the Dutch national team?

The atmosphere is AWESOME! It’s seriously nice to race here, the Americans are very enthusiastic and friendly.  In the Dutch team the atmosphere is also good. It always feels a bit like ‘coming home’ because I have known the staff for so many years.

What the road race course like?  Is it like any other races this year?

It’s kind of a classics course which has the hardest part on the end. The winner needs to be allround. Good bike handler (especially when it’s going to rain!), technical skills, climbing skills, descending skills and positioning skills. It is gonna be an exciting race!

Which riders do you think it suits?

Technical, powerful riders who can also climb pretty well.

What are your goals in the road race?

I hope to show myself, ride a great race and ride off some frustration 😉 Of course I also hope to help Anna van der Breggen in the final.

What will you do when Worlds are over?

I’ll go for a three week holiday to Vietnam! Looking forward to it. After that we’ll visit Rio for a couple of days with the national team.

Find out more about Ellen on her website, and follow her twitter too.  Here’s her interview just after the ITT:


Katarzyna Niewiadoma

Kasia Niewiadoma is only 20, but this year she won the Best Young Rider jersey in the Giro and the World Cup series, as well as becoming the 2015 European u23 Road Race Champion with some seriously clever riding.  She races with a ‘small’ team for Poland… but the peloton had better watch out for them!

What’s Richmond like?

Its my first time in the USA so I am really excited to be here and I really like it here, all people are so nice and polite and want to help everywhere even if they do not know me! So actually I think I could live here in the future😃

What are you thinking about the road race course?

I want to be easy in my head before this race –  no pressure, no thoughts that I have to do something, I just want to race as well as I can and all the time be patient and smart on the course! I think it can be difficult on the cobbles sections when its raining

Which riders do you think it suits?

I think this championship suits lot of riders, everybody has a chance to fight for medal

After winning a TTT medal with Rabo-Liv, how is it being back with the Polish national team?

I love to spent time with them! I am emotional person and being surrounded by them give me extra feelings like ‘home feelings’

What are your goals in the road race?

My big goal is to stand on the podium.. With my Team mates😃

What will you do when Worlds are over?

REST AND SPEND TIME WITH MY BEST FAMILY ❤️ I need to charge my battery😃

Follow Kasia on her twitter, read her Q&A after that brilliant Giro, and watch the highlights of the 2015 European u23 Champs:


Want more Worlds? Cyclingnews have a video of 6 riders to watch:

Check out all my video collections, podcasting and suggestions of who to follow under my Richmond 2015 tag –and you can read or listen to my interview with multiple cycling World Champion Marianne Vos on the Worlds, favourites, and more over here.

If you need any help following the World Championships road race, my guide is here., and ask me for help on twitter.  As always, I’m funded to do all this by my wonderful Patreon supporters – thank you all so much!


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