Ellen van Dijk is renowned for her time trial ability and is one of the world’s best in the race against the clock. She won the World Championship individual time trial for the second time in 2021, a memorable victory after eight years of trying to reclaim the coveted rainbow jersey. Ellen also excels in tough one-day classics, winning the Tour of Flanders, Dwars door Vlaanderen twice, and finished third in Liège-Bastogne-Liège. In 2022, Ellen undertook one of the biggest challenges of her career - the Hour Record. Having perfected every minute detail with her team of engineers, aerodynamicists and coach, Ellen smashed the existing record, covering 49.254km in one hour of pain. In addition to the Hour Record, Ellen captured nine victories, including a third world time trial title in Wollongong, Australia. Heading into her 18th year as a pro cyclist Ellen is showing no signs of slowing down!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I once didn't do anything for a day. Now that is crazy!
What was the biggest obstacle you have overcome?
The stelvio in the 2010 Giro. I remember it being so painful!
If your house was on fire and you could only save one material possession what would it be?
My boyfriend. He would actually be glad if the house would burn down because I can't ever throw anything away.
What is your favorite Bontrager or Trek equipment?
The new Speed Concept.