Ellen Van Dijk took her second win in less than 24 hours in Borsele on Saturday.
After winning the time trial on Friday evening, she backed up and put herself in the winning break in Omloop Van Borsele, eventually winning the sprint from her six companions.
“I’m just in a winning mood I think,” smiled Van Dijk after the race.
“It’s nice. Except for the rain and the cold. It’s really freezing here. At the beginning I was just happy I was in the break so I could warm up a bit. I think my teammates in the bunch were freezing all day.
The break went really early in the day after only 15km with Van Dijk and six others.
At 80k we almost got caught,” Ellen explained. “We had Iris [Slappendel] from Rabobank in the break with us but I think she punctured so Rabobank started chasing and the gap came down to about 40 seconds. But then Sarah Duester bridged to the break so they were happy again and the gap opened up to about a minute.
“At the end there were a lot of attacks. People were looking at me a lot so I had to be pretty active but in the end it was a sprint and that went well.”
“Ellen just looks really strong right now,” says Team Director Ronny Lauke. “She was out there all day and at the end she was both attacking and covering attacks. I started to get a bit worried that she was doing too much but she was able to pull it off. A great couple of days for her.
Tonight the team drives back down to Belgium for a one-day race in Roeselare.