Ellen van Dijk rode 'like the world was going to end' in order to claim time trial rainbow jersey

The Dutchwoman adds a rainbow jersey to her recent European road champion title

Ellen van Dijk
(Image credit: Getty)

Finding new so-called marginal gains is the desire of all professional riders, especially those looking to excel in the race of truth.

Ellen van Dijk's special trick to capture the rainbow jersey in the women's time trial at Flanders 2021? Ride as if the world was about to end.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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