For Ellen van Dijk, the decision to stay at Trek-Segafredo was an easy one.
“I am very happy to be here. I really feel at home with Trek-Segafredo and I don’t want to continue my career with any other team,” said van Dijk.
“In fact, I can’t even imagine doing it. I’ve been part of the Trek-Segafredo women’s team since they started in 2019 because I’ve been here since the beginning and I really feel like one of them. Everyone always says their team” seems like a family, “which I don’t like to use, but that’s exactly what’s going on here. It’s hard to describe it any other way.”
In 2022, van Dijk reached her “ultimate” goal and the support she receives from Trek-Segafredo reinforces her team’s ongoing commitment to the riders.
“Trek has done a great job developing our sport since it entered the world of women’s cycling,” explained van Dijk. “They have really set a new standard that many other teams are following now and I am very proud to be racing for Trek and this team that has really good intentions and is doing great for women’s cycling. A lot.”
Van Dijk has already won world, European and national titles and now, in anticipation of her 18th year with the women’s team, her passion continues to drive her.
“I’ve signed up for over two years and that will take me to 2024 and the next Olympic year, so after losing a spot on the Tokyo team, I’d love to race there. I’m still looking for an Olympic medal,” Fan said. She said Dyke.
“So for sure I want to keep doing well in time trials, that’s what I really love about the sport, it’s my favorite thing. Maybe one day I might consider doing another hour for a lap, who knows? Of course? , I also have goals in the Spring Classics and I would say that the victory of my dreams would be Paris-Roubaix, which are my main goal for the next two years ”.
Van Dijk has been an integral part of the Trek-Segafredo team since its inception, explains team leader Ina Teutenberg.
“There was no hesitation in offering Ellen a new contract. She has been with us since Trek’s commitment to women’s cycling and has truly been one of Trek-Segafredo’s leading cyclists,” said Teutenberg.
“Of course, Ellen’s strength in the concept of speed is undeniable. She is a champion and while there aren’t many time trial opportunities in the women’s calendar, we know that every time she rolls down the starting ramp, we can all trust that she will take home a good mark.
“This also translates into road racing, and Ellen will continue to be a valued member of our Classics and Stage teams, both to support the team and to race for her results. We know that when Ellen joins the big team she can have a great impact on the race when we are leading the pack, but his experience is also a huge advantage for us and I think he can continue to help our young drivers to grow and develop ”.