12 Mar Top 10 riders to watch at Ronde van Drenthe (1.WWT)
Along with her teammate Lizzie and Leah Kirchmann (Liv Plantur), the Dutch rider has shown herself as one of the riders on best form in this spring classics season start. After finishing second at OHN and winning Le Samyn, Blaaki missed Strade Bianche but she is back on track at the Ronde van Drenthe, a race that really suits her.
After participating at 2016 London Track World Championships, where she finished sixth at the omnium event just after her teammate Annette Edmondson, past winner Jolien D’hoore gets back to the Dutch race. “I’m really looking forward to join my teammates again on the road. Maybe the track worlds weren’t really what I expected but I’m still hopeful for the future. For now it’s good for my mind to do some road racing” D’hoore said to her team. Last year Jolien finished off a perfect lead-out manoeuvre by Wiggle-Honda winning her first UCI World Cup race the day she turned 25. Jolien’s 2016 season is more focussed on the track in order to peak on the track at the Olympic games in Rio, but she will participate as well in a few spring classics. Thus, the “Belgian Bullet” will try to fire again at Drenthe, while doing it the best of her ability in these few races she is about to participate in order to.