Women's world champion Amalie Dideriksen shows off new rainbow jersey

Amalie Dideriksen has shown off her rainbow jersey for the first time

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Surprise 2016 women's world road race champion Amalie Dideriksen has been given her first senior rainbow jersey.

Dideriksen shocked the Dutch team in Doha to sprint to victory and deny the attempts of trade teammate Lizzie Deignan (née) Armitstead  to defend her title.

Now, Danish rider Dideriksen has taken to Twitter to show off her new stripes and for the second successive year the rainbow bands belong on the shoulders of a Boels-Dolmans rider.

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The stripes aren't the first Dideriksen have worn: she is a two-time junior world champion. 

Quite amazingly, her win in Qatar was only her fourth success as a professional, with her previous best result at the top-level of cycling winning the Denmark National Championships in 2015.

If you hadn't heard about her before last month, she's sure to stand out in her stripes in 2017.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.