Chantal Blaak

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Chantal Blaak
Chantal Blaak in Profronde van Tiel 2017.jpg
Blaak in 2017, wearing the Dutch national champion's jersey
Personal information
Full nameChantal Blaak
NicknameBlaaki
Born (1989-10-22) 22 October 1989 (age 29)
Zuidland, Netherlands
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Team information
Current teamBoels–Dolmans
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClassics specialist
Professional team(s)
2008–2012AA-Drink Cycling Team
2013Team TIBCO–To The Top
2014Specialized–lululemon
2015–Boels–Dolmans
Major wins
UCI Road World Cup
Open de Suède Vårgårda (2014)

UCI Women's WorldTour

Ronde van Drenthe (2016)
Gent–Wevelgem (2016)

One day races

World Road Race Championship (2017)
Amstel Gold Race (2018)
Drentse 8 (2014)
Le Samyn des Dames (2015, 2016)

Chantal Blaak (born 22 October 1989) is a Dutch road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI Women's Team Boels–Dolmans.[1] In 2017 she became world road race champion in Bergen, Norway.[2]

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Blaak was the Dutch national junior time trial champion in 2006 and 2007. She was European under-23 road race champion in 2009 and was also third in the Ronde van Drenthe race of the UCI Women's Road World Cup in that year.

Professional career[edit]

Blaak wearing the rainbow jersey at the start of the 2018 Tour of Flanders

Blaak began her professional career in 2008 with the Dutch AA-Drink Cycling Team and remained with them until they disbanded at the end of 2012, after which she raced for the US team Team TIBCO–To The Top for a year.

In 2014, she joined Specialized–lululemon and won her first UCI Women's Road World Cup race, the Open de Suède Vårgårda.

She transferred to the Boels–Dolmans team for 2015, along with sponsors Specialized Bicycle Components and lululemon Athletica and teammate Evelyn Stevens.[3] She won the 2015 Le Samyn des Dames.

2016 was her most successful season to date, yielding wins in Le Samyn des Dames, the Ronde van Drenthe, Gent–Wevelgem and the Holland Ladies Tour.

In 2017, Blaak became both Dutch national and world road race champion after she successfully broke away from an elite group of riders 8 kilometres (5.0 miles) from the finish.[2] In the rainbow jersey, she won the Amstel Gold Race in 2018.[4]

Major results[edit]

Classics results timeline[edit]

Classic 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 4 25 3 28 7 DNF 4 2 2 15
Strade Bianche Race did not exist 4
Ronde van Drenthe 3 5 55 19 DNF 4 26 1 9 62
Trofeo Alfredo Binda 8 59 6 68 5 27 32 12 4 2
Gent–Wevelgem Race did not exist 1 8 31
Tour of Flanders 6 24 27 40 27 9 3 3 5
Amstel Gold Race Not held 11 1
La Flèche Wallonne 43 36 48
Liège–Bastogne–Liège Race did not exist 35 43
GP de Plouay 26 11 4 52 35
Open de Suède Vårgårda 7 52 47 1 27 3 34 44
– = Did not start
DNF = Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ostanek, Daniel (3 December 2018). "Boels-Dolmans finalise roster with MTB champion Annika Langvad". Cyclist. Dennis Publishing Limited. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Chantal Blaak nets elite women's road race world title despite crash". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  3. ^ Nagel, Maxwell (22 September 2014). "Specialized, Evelyn Stevens move to Boels-Dolmans women's cycling team in 2015". VeloNews. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Chantal Blaak wins women's Amstel Gold Race". Cyclingnews. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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