Ellen van Dijk: Dishing out the pain

After recovering from serious injuries sustained last September, Dutch star Ellen van Dijk is ready for the Classics and a tilt at Olympic time trial gold

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For all who saw it, Ellen van Dijk’s crash at September’s Boels Ladies Tour was a heart stopping moment. Though it initially appeared little more than routine - if any crash is routine - when a woman as tough as as Van Dijk stays down you know things are bad.

Only 11 days ahead of the World Championships, her injuries meant rather than competing for a second time trial title, the Dutchwoman was suddenly facing months of rehabilitation and frustration. The woman known for handing out so much pain to others was now suffering herself.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.