2015 Boels–Dolmans season

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2015 Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
UCI codeDLT
ManagerErwin Janssen
Main sponsor(s)Boels Rental and Dolmans Landscaping
BasedNetherlands
BicyclesSpecialized
Season victories
One-day races4
Stage race overall2
Stage race stages10
World Championships1
National Championships5
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The 2015 women's road cycling season is the sixth for the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team, which began as the Dolmans Landscaping Team in 2010.

Sponsoring[edit]

For the 2015 season, both Specialized Bicycle Components and lululemon Athletica announced that they were ending their sponsorship of the already existing Specialized-lululemon team and switching their support to Boels-Dolmans for 2015.[1]

Roster[edit]

In September 2014 it was announced that Chantal Blaak and Evelyn Stevens, both of Specialized–lululemon, would be joining the team[2][3] with Romy Kasper signing a contract extension.[4] On 27 October 2014 the team signed Amalie Dideriksen.

As of 1 January 2015. Ages as of 1 January 2015.[5]

Rider Date of birth
 Lizzie Deignan (GBR) (1988-12-18)December 18, 1988 (aged 26)
 Chantal Blaak (NED) (1989-10-22)October 22, 1989 (aged 25)
 Amalie Dideriksen (DEN) (1996-05-24)May 24, 1996 (aged 18)
 Ellen van Dijk (NED) (1987-02-11)February 11, 1987 (aged 27)
 Megan Guarnier (USA) (1985-05-04)May 4, 1985 (aged 29)
 Demi de Jong (NED) (1995-02-11)February 11, 1995 (aged 19)
Rider Date of birth
 Sanne van Paassen (NED) (1988-10-27)October 27, 1988 (aged 26)
 Romy Kasper (GER) (1988-05-05)May 5, 1988 (aged 26)
 Christine Majerus (LUX) (1987-02-25)February 25, 1987 (aged 27)
 Katarzyna Pawłowska (POL) (1989-08-16)August 16, 1989 (aged 25)
 Evelyn Stevens (USA) (1983-05-09)May 9, 1983 (aged 31)

Season[edit]

Ellen van Dijk in the leading jersey of the 2015 Ladies Tour of Qatar

The team started the road cycling season with the Ladies Tour of Qatar. Ellen van Dijk won the second stage by sprinting away in the last kilometre from a group of six. With her victory she also took the lead in the general classification. The day afterwards Lizzie Armitstead won the stage and took over the leading jersey from Van Dijk. In the first European race of the season, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, the team was again very strong and dominated the race. With 30 km to go van Dijk escaped together with Anna van der Breggen from a front group of 15 riders on the Molenberg. The duo extended their advantage over the cobbled sections that followed, holding off the chase group to the line, where Van Dijk lost the two-up sprint. Behind them Armitstead sprinted to the third place.[7] At the 2015 Le Samyn des Dames Megan Guarnier was in a front group of six riders, but she expected not to win. In the final 4 kilometers after the last cobbled section Ellen van Dijk started chasing the front group at the head of the peloton and was able to close the gap. She also was a good lead-out for Chantal Blaak who won the peloton sprint. In the first World Cup of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe the team was eager to win. Van Dijk was in the final the lead-out for Armitstead. However, Armitstead lost Van Dijk in the last kilometre. Van Dijk continued sprinting and rode to the third place. Van Dijk said afterwards that she was happy with her result, but found it a shame that the team did not win. In the second World Cup, the Trofeo Alfredo Binda was in the final Armitstead was part of the front group of six riders. Armitstead won the sprint, winning the first World Cup race for the team of the season.

Ellen van Dijk was selected to represent the Netherlands at the first 2015 European Games in the time trial and the road race in Baku, Azerbaijan in June. The time trial was her big goal and she was the favorite to win it. With a good race over the straight circuit she was 36 seconds faster than the Ukrainian Hanna Solovey and won the first gold medal for the Netherlands. In the road race she was part of front group of four riders, together with countrywomen Anna van der Breggen. During the last lap it appeared that Van der Breggen rode for her Polish Rabo–Liv team mate Katarzyna Niewiadoma and not for the Netherlands. Van Dijk was the brunt of these tactics and finished fourth.

Season victories[edit]

Ellen van Dijk winning stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar
Single day and stage races 2015[8]
Date Country Race Cat. Winner
4 February  Qatar Stage 2 Ladies Tour of Qatar 2.1 Netherlands Ellen van Dijk
5 February  Qatar Stage 3 Ladies Tour of Qatar 2.1 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
6 February  Qatar Stage 4 Ladies Tour of Qatar 2.1 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
6 February  Qatar Overall Ladies Tour of Qatar 2.1 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
6 February  Qatar Points classification Ladies Tour of Qatar 2.1 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
4 March  Belgium Le Samyn des Dames 1.2 Netherlands Chantal Blaak
7 March  Italy Strade Bianche 1.1 United States Megan Guarnier
29 March  Italy Trofeo Alfredo Binda CDM United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
15 May  United States Amgen Tour of California 1.1 United States Evelyn Stevens
29 May  Netherlands Boels Rental Hills Classic 1.1 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
7 June  United States Philadelphia Cycling Classic CDM United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
11 June  Spain Stage 1 Emakumeen Euskal Bira 2.1 United States Megan Guarnier
13 June  Spain Stage 3 Emakumeen Euskal Bira 2.1 Netherlands Chantal Blaak
17 June  United Kingdom Stage 1 Aviva Women's Tour 2.1 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
19 June  United Kingdom Stage 3 Aviva Women's Tour 2.1 Luxembourg Christine Majerus
5 July  Italy Stage 2 Giro d'Italia Femminile 2.1 United States Megan Guarnier
14 August  Norway Stage 1 Ladies Tour of Norway 2.2 United States Megan Guarnier
15 August  Norway General classification Ladies Tour of Norway 2.2 United States Megan Guarnier
29 August  France GP de Plouay CDM United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead
9 September  Belgium Stage 2 Lotto Belgium Tour 2.2 Denmark Amalie Dideriksen

UCI World Ranking[edit]

The 2015 UCI Women's Road Rankings are rankings based upon the results in all UCI-sanctioned races of the 2015 women's road cycling season.

Boels Dolmans Cycling Team finished second in the 2015 ranking for UCI teams.

Individual world ranking[9]
Rank Rider Points
2 United Kingdom Elizabeth Armitstead 1024.5
8 United States Megan Guarnier 719.67
13 Netherlands Ellen van Dijk 542.25
16 Luxembourg Christine Majerus 473.5
23 United States Evelyn Stevens 358.92
37 Netherlands Chantal Blaak 225.5
102 Denmark Amalie Dideriksen 71
158 Netherlands Demi De Jong 37
226 Germany Romy Kasper 19.25
227 Poland Katarzyna Pawlowska 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nagel, Maxwell (22 September 2014). "Specialized, Evelyn Stevens move to Boels-Dolmans women's cycling team in 2015". VeloNews. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  2. ^ http://women.cyclingfever.com/transfers.html
  3. ^ a b c "Stevens signs two-year deal with Boels-Dolmans". cyclingnews.com. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ http://women.cyclingfever.com/transfers.html?xs=3
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Boels-Dolmans heeft wegploeg compleet". cyclingonline.nl. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Wereldkampioene Dideriksen naar Boels-Dolmans". Wierrevue.nl. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Anna van der Breggen bests Ellen van Dijk in European opener". cyclingtips.com.au. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team UCI". procyclingstats. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Ranking – Cycling – Road 2015 Women Elite UCI Ranking Individual Final result". UCI. Retrieved 7 January 2016.

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