The Dutch Supremacy - how the Netherlands came to rule the Worlds

Can Lizzie Diegnan, or anyone else, take on and beat the Dutch women at the World Championships next week?

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In June 1667 the Dutch Navy launched an audacious attack on British warships moored off the Kent coast. Having taken the town of Sheerness, they bombarded Chatham and Gillingham before capturing HMS Royal Charles, the British flagship.

Next week eight Dutchwomen could mount a similar smash and grab, capturing the rainbow bands from under Yorkshire noses.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.