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Ellen van Dijk
The podium of the women's time trial at the 2013 UCI Road World Championships (cropped).png
Van Dijk after winning the 2013 World Time Trial Championships.
Personal information
Full name Eleonora Maria van Dijk
Nickname The Animal[1]
Born (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 29)
Harmelen, Netherlands
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Team information
Current team Boels–Dolmans
Discipline Road and former track cyclist
Rider type Time trial specialist
Professional team(s)
2006–2008 Vrienden van het Platteland
2009–2011 Team Columbia–High Road Women
2012–2013 Team Specialized–lululemon
2014– Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
Major wins
Road Cycling

Single-Day Races

World Cup: Tour of Flanders (2014)
World Cup: Open de Suede Vargarda TTT (2011, 2012, 2013)
Netherlands National Time Trial Champion (2007, 2012, 2013)
Sparkassen Giro (2010)
Omloop van Borsele (2012)
Le Samyn des Dames (2013)
Chrono Champenois (2013)

Stage Races

Ladies Tour of Qatar (2011)
Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour (2012, 2013)
Energiewacht Tour (2013)
Holland Ladies Tour (2013)
Gracia-Orlová (2013)
Track cycling
World Cup: Individual pursuit (2008-09 Round 5)
World Cup: Team pursuit (2008-09 Round 5, 2011-12 Round 1)
World Cup: Points race (2008-09 Round 5)
Netherlands National Champion, individual pursuit (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
Netherlands National Champion, madison (2011)
Infobox last updated on
27 September 2014

Eleonora Maria "Ellen" van Dijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌeːleːoːˈnoːraː maːˈriaː ˈɛllən vɑn dɛik]; born 11 February 1987) is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist riding for Boels Dolmans Cycling Team. Besides road cycling she was also a track cyclist until 2012. Van Dijk is known as a time trial specialist and is four times world champion. She won her first world title on the track in the scratch race in 2008. She became Road World Champion in 2012 and 2013 in the team time trial and in 2013 also in the individual time trial. In 2015 she won the time trial at the first European Games and the silver medal in the team time trial at the world championships.

Van Dijk started as a speed skater and as part of her skating training she undertook cycling as part of cross-training in summer. She excelled at both, competing nationally at junior level. After becoming a national cycling champion for the fifth time in 2007, she quit speed skating and became a full-time cyclist. Along with her world title successes, Van Dijk has also twice been European track champion, twice European time trial champion and has won six World Cup races. In 2012 she competed in three disciplines at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she helped Marianne Vos win the gold medal in the road race, finished eighth in the time trial and sixth in the team pursuit.

Personal life[edit]

Ellen van Dijk grew up in Harmelen, Utrecht together with her two older brothers, her father Nico and her mother Anneke.[3] Besides speed skating and cycling, she also played volleyball and performed gymnastics when she was a child.[3] Van Dijk left Harmelen for her study to Amsterdam in 2006, where she still lives. During the first years in Amsterdam she shared her apartment with Mariëlle Kerste, her best friend and also a Dutch cyclist. Kerste moved out a few years later and Van Dijk has since shared an apartment with the Dutch cyclist Hannah Walter.[3] In December 2014 Van Dijk moved to Woerden.

Van Dijk graduated from Minkema College, Woerden, in 2005 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam in 2011.[4][5] After the Olympic She started her master's degree, but didn't have time to complete it.[5]

Sport career[edit]

Speed skating[edit]

Van Dijk started her career as a speed skater. As a very young child, she had performed in natural ice skating tours and, at the age of eight, she became a member of a local speed skating club. During the winter months, Van Dijk trained almost every day at the local speed skating rink in Utrecht. She did this from when she was aged twelve until she was twenty years old. Van Dijk competed five times in the junior Dutch Allround Championships; she finished in tenth place on two occasions in the all-around competition and in fourth place in the 3000m in 2005.[6][7] She also rode the track record at the 5000 metres.[8]

Early cycling years[edit]

Podium of the women's junior road race at the 2004 UCI Road World Championships; Marianne Vos (1), Marta Bastianelli (2) and Ellen van Dijk (3)

When she was ten years old, Van Dijk started, together with her two brothers and Mariëlle Kerste, cross-training on a bike during the summer and she began competing in regional races. Because Van Dijk performed well, she started competing in national races at the age of 15 in 2002.[7] In the same year, in her first national championship, she finished in fourth place. The following year, she won the Dutch national road championship in the novice category.[9] In 2004, Van Dijk won two more national titles, this time as a junior, in the road race and in the road individual time trial. In the latter, she beat Marianne Vos, though Vos would avenge her defeat in Road World Championships in Verona, Italy. Vos won the junior road race world title, with Van Dijk finishing third. In 2005, Van Dijk again won the Dutch national junior title in the individual time trial but finished second in the road race, again behind Vos.[9] In 2007, when Van Dijk was considered for selection in regional speed skating, she had to choose between speed skating and cycling– ultimately, she chose cycling.[7]

Professional career[edit]


Van Dijk achieved two stage victories in the Tour Féminin en Limousin and in the Giro della Toscana. In the middle of the season, Van Dijk suffered a clavicle fracture and as a result was hampered in the national championships.[10] She finished 10th at the U-23 European Championships in Valkenburg[9] and at the World University Cycling Championship, Van Dijk won the individual time trial and finished second in the road race.[11] At the end of the season, Van Dijk was a reserve at the road world championships but she did not race.[12] At the Dutch National Track Championships she won bronze in the individual pursuit.


Van Dijk won the first stage in the Tour of Chongming Island and finished second in the general classification. At the national time trial championships she became for the first time Dutch champion in the elite category. In the time trial at the European Championships (under-23) she finished fifth. Due to her good results in the time trials she was chosen to represent the Netherlands in the time trial at the Road World Championships in Stuttgart where she finished 17th.[13] Due to her good results she became sportswomen of the year of Woerden.[14] Because Van Dijk had more spare time in the winter after quitting speed skating, she was invited to join the Dutch national track cycling team.[7] At the national track championships she became Dutch champion in the individual pursuit, ahead of Marianne Vos and Kirsten Wild, and finished fourth in the scratch race and points race.[9]

Ellen van Dijk became track cycling world champion in the scratch race ahead of Yumari González and Belinda Goss in 2008.


Due to her good results at the national track cycling championships, Van Dijk was chosen to ride the individual pursuit in the remaining two (out of four) 2007–2008 track cycling World Cups, where she could, via the UCI World Ranking system, potentially earn qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games. She finished in Los Angeles and Copenhagen in fifth and fourth places respectively. After finishing fifth in the individual pursuit at the World Track Championships in Manchester, Van Dijk missed out on qualification for the Olympic games; she finished 12th in the UCI World Rankings and only the first eleven riders qualified.[15] The day after she took revenge by winning her first major senior title, the scratch race at the 2008 World Cycling Championships. With eight laps to go she attacked and rode solo to the finish line.[16] Later that year, she also became European Track Championships in the scratch as well as in the points race. She rode to the silver medal in the omnium and the individual pursuit events.[9] Despite not winning a medal at the Dutch time trial championships she won the time trial at the European Championships (under-23). She was not selected to ride the time trial at the Summer Olympics, because the course would be too heavy for her.[17][18]


On the track, Van Dijk followed other competitors by riding with a heavier gear.[19] The change seemed to bear fruit when, in February at the Track Cycling World Cup in Copenhagen, she won her first two World Cup victories in the individual pursuit and points race and won a silver medal in the team pursuit. A month later at the Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszków, Poland, she failed to live up to her billing as world champion and her performances were not as good as those than in Copenhagen in February and in Manchester the year before. Indeed, Van Dijk did not reach the podium in any event.[19] In spite of her disappointing performance in Pruszków, Van Dijk was approached by, and soon agreed to join, the professional road cycling team Team Columbia–High Road Women. Although the name of the team has changed on a number of occasions since, Van Dijk rode for this team until 2013. The road season did not start well as Van Dijk suffered a concussion in a crash during the Ronde van Gelderland in April and she was unable to ride for nearly six weeks.[20] Almost immediately after having recovered from her injury, she defended successfully her European time trial title at the European Road Championships in July.[20] After riding the time trial at the Road World Championships, Van Dijk took some rest in preparation for the Track Cycling World Cups. She skipped the National track championships, which were held two weeks after the World Championships.[21]


Van Dijk did not reach the finals at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, finishing fifth in both the individual pursuit and the team pursuit events. She also participated in the points race as a late replacement and finished eighth.[22] Van Dijk won the time trial on the road in the Holland Ladies Tour en route to finishing third in the final general classification standings. She won the Sparkassen Giro and finished second in the Open de Suède Vårgårda World Cup race in Sweden. At the Dutch Track Championships, Van Dijk won five medals including gold in the individual pursuit.[9]


Ellen van Dijk in 2011, riding for HTC-High Road.

Van Dijk cycled in the team pursuit to a national team time trial record at the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. A month later however she rode with the team three seconds slower at the Track Cycling World Championships and finished in 5th place; the same position in which Van Dijk finished in the individual pursuit.

Van Dijk started the road cycling season by winning all three classifications (yellow jersey, points and young rider) in the Ladies Tour of Qatar, including winning the second stage. Van Dijk dedicated her stage and overall win to teammate Carla Swart, who died whilst training after being hit by a truck a few weeks earlier. The price money she earned in Qatar was sent to her family.[23][24] After riding stage races in the Netherlands, China and Spain she finished second at the Dutch time trial championships in Veendam and qualified for the World Championships later the year. A month later, in Sweden, she rode two World Cup races, winning the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT and finishing second in the Open de Suède Vårgårda. As preparation for the World Championships she won the time trial at the Holland Ladies Tour. At the World Championships in Copenhagen she finished 6th in the time trial and was the best Dutch rider.[25] Returning to the track, Van Dijk won the Track Cycling World Cup in Astana in a new national record, which was her fourth World Cup victory. At the end of the year she successfully defended her Dutch individual pursuit title at the Dutch National Track Championships and also became national champion in the madison.[9][26]


After a knee injury due to an accident with a scooter and a few weeks of required rest and adjusted training,[3][27] Van Dijk won a stage in the Energiewacht Tour; because she did not earn enough bonus seconds during the tour she finished second in the general classification. Van Dijk also won the individual time trial and the road race in the Omloop van Borsele.[28] A few days later she started in the Gracia-Orlova, where she won the prologue and a stage and helped her team-mate Evelyn Stevens to win the general classification. Back in the Netherlands, in Emmen, she became the Dutch time trial champion in the elite category for the second time in her career.

Ellen van Dijk supported by Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his family at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Van Dijk was selected to represent her country at the Olympic Games in London, and she competed in the road race and the individual time trial on the road and in the team pursuit on the track. In the road race, Van Dijk was a domestique for Marianne Vos, who won the gold medal. Van Dijk attacked five times but finished outside the time limit.[29] Because the victory of Marianne Vos was seen as a team performance, Van Dijk, Loes Gunnewijk and Annemiek van Vleuten were all subsequently honoured in both the Holland Heineken House and the Ridderzaal.[30][31] In the time trial, Van Dijk finished eighth. She said afterwards that she was afraid to start too fast and subsequently lost a lot of time in the first part of the race.[32] In the team pursuit, Van Dijk finished sixth together with Kirsten Wild, Amy Pieters and Vera Koedooder. In the qualification heats, the team had held the Olympic record for a short period and they rode a new Dutch national record in round one. According to Van Dijk, sixth place was the highest attainable place the team could have hoped to achieve.[33]

As preparation for the Road World Championships, Van Dijk and her Team Specialized–lululemon won the team time trials at the World Cup (Vargarda) and in the Holland Ladies Tour. In between these victories, Van Dijk won the first and final stages of the Lotto-Decca Tour and as a result also topped the general classification, finishing ahead of Kirsten Wild in second place. At the World Road Championships in Valkenburg Van Dijk became world champion in the team time trial with Team Specialized–lululemon.[34] Three days later, Van Dijk finished fifth in the individual time trial on a hilly course that she afterwards described as being "not made for me".[35] During the road race, she was a casualty in a crash involving 50 riders and did not finish the race.[36] During the winter period she chose not to ride on the track to keep her focus completely on the 2013 road cycling season.[37]


Ellen van Dijk won the women's time trial at the World Championships.

Van Dijk started the season with a third place in the general classification of the Ladies Tour of Qatar. During the season openers Van Dijk rode very well highlighted by her victory in the Le Samyn des Dames. In the first three UCI World Cup races Van Dijk finished two times second (Ronde van Drenthe, Tour of Flanders) and rode to a third place in the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy. Her second stage race of the season, the Energiewacht Tour included the first individual time trial of the season which she won with a big difference. After also finishing two times second she won the general classification. About the time trial she said later that she had been tested on her time trial position during her stay in Italy . After a day of testing and adjusting the position of the sadle and the steer she found a better position which she was able to maintain for almost half an hour.[37] She also said that she rode at a higher power than in the time trials at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 World Championships.[38] Van Dijk also improved riding uphill and finished sixt in the fourth World Cup race, the hilly La Flèche Wallonne. Her time trial continued to go well and she won the time trials at the EPZ Omloop van Borsele and two time trial stages in the Gracia-Orlová. She also won a mountain stage, the queen stage, in the Gracia-Orlová and so the general classification. In June she successfully defended her National Time Trial title in Winsum. A few days later she rode in medal position during the National Road Race Championships but had to abandon the race due to a broken derailleur in the second last lap.[39] At the Giro d'Italia Femminile, the most prestigious stage race in women's cycling, she won stage 8, an individual time trial. With Specialized–lululemon she won World Cup team time trial at the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT. After the last two World Cup races, the Open de Suède Vårgårda where she finished fourth and the GP de Plouay which she did not ride to prepare for the last stage races, she finished third in the overall World Cup standings. She rode strong during the stage races and won the general classification of the Lotto-Belisol Belgium Tour as well as of the Holland Ladies Tour, including the team time trial stages.

As a preparation for the World Championships in Tuscany Van Dijk went during the season a few times to Italy to practise the time trial course. She trained at five in the morning to avoid traffic and made video recordings of the course to get to know the turns.[40] In the week before the World Championships she won the French time trial Chrono Champenois – Trophée Européen. All the preparations paid off and the World Championships were very successful for Van Dijk. With her team she won for the second consecutive year the world title in the team time trial. Because Van Dijk had won almost all the time trials this year she was also the main favourite for the individual time trial. Despite the pressure she won the time trial with a convincing victory and became the second Dutch women to won this title.[41] At the end of the championships, Van Dijk finished 16th on a non-preferable hilly road race course.

Due to her successful season she ended third in the 2013 Women's Road World Ranking. At the end of the year Van Dijk won the title Amsterdam Sportswoman of the year.[42] She was nominated previous years but never won the title. She was also nominated to become Dutch cyclist of the year but lost from Marianne Vos.[43]


Van Dijk on the podium after winning the Tour of Flanders.

In October 2013 Van Dijk announced that she signed a three-year contract with Boels Dolmans Cycling Team. She is a teammate of among others Lizzie Armitstead, Katarzyna Pawłowska and Christine Majerus. The time trial at the 2016 Summer Olympics will be her big goal.[44] She will keep her focus on time trials, world cup races and flat short stage races.[45] Due to her focus on road cycling, she will not compete on the track.[45] Van Dijk was not able to start in the Ladies Tour of Qatar because she did not recover in time from an illness after riding mountainbikerace Egmond-pier-Egmond.[46] She got back her shape during the fist races and just missed the podium in the GP Le Samyn.[47] At the first World Cup race of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe, Van Dijk helped team mate Lizzie Armitstead to victory by closing a massive gap in the final of the race.[48]

Van Dijk won the Tour of Flanders after a solo of 25 kilometres in April. After her time trial victory at the World Championships in 2013, it is her major victory of her career according to herself.[49] At the end of April, Ellen van Dijk won for the third consecutive the time trial at the Omloop van Borsele. The day afterwards Van Dijk finished third in the road race which ended with a bunch sprint. As part of the same time trial competition, Van Dijk did not win the time trial at the GP Leende a month later. She finished second behind former team mate Lisa Brennauer. Van Dijk responded that here average power during the time trial was not great but also not very bad and that Brennauer is a world class time trialist.[50] Two days later she finished again second in the prologue of the Elsy Jacobs stage race, two seconds behind Marianne Vos.

At the Boels Rental Hills Classic Van Dijk was part of front group that consisted of six riders which fell apart into a group of three riders. With an uphill finish, Van Dijk lost the sprint from Johansson (Orica-AIS) and finished second ahead of Amy Pieters (Rabo Liv). Van Dijk won the mountain classification of the race.[51] In June, Van Dijk started as the main favourite at the Dutch National Time Trial Championships, but did not win her fourth time trial title. She finished second, with a margin of only 0.02 seconds, behind Annemiek van Vleuten (Rabo Liv). Van Dijk was disappointed and responded that she was not that good as in 2013 without having a real explanation for it.[52]

Van Dijk winning the time trial of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour

Van Dijk participated at La Course by Le Tour de France, the inaugural edition of a women's race on the final day and on the same circuit of the Tour de France with worldwide broadcasting. Van Dijk attacked multiple times and was the only women who was able to get clear for a few laps with a maximal advantage of over half a minute.[53] At the Open de Suède Vårgårda TTT, where she finished third with her team, she got some confidence back about her time trial performances. In begin September Van Dijk won the time trial of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour, with a 12 seconds gap over her main rival Lisa Brennauer. Her first international time trial victory of the season.[54] With the other stages ending in a bunch sprint and sprinters winning the bonification seconds, Van Dijk finished third in the general classification. A final test for het time trial capabilities before the World Championships was at the Chrono Champenois ITT. Halfway the 33.40 kilometres (20.8 miles) time trial she had a 39 seconds advantage over Hanna Solovey, but she finished second 8 seconds behind her because she lost about a minute after riding the wrong direction.[55]


Van Dijk winning stage 2 of the Ladies Tour of Qatar
Van Dijk won with Boels-Dolmans the silver medal in the team time trial at the world championships

Van Dijk started the season as usual with the Ladies Tour of Qatar. She won the second stage and took the lead in the general classification. The day afterwards team mate Lizzie Armitstead took over the leading jersey. Van Dijk ended the tour in third place in the overall classification. During the first European race of the season, the Omloop het Nieuwsblad, van Dijk escaped from a front group of 15 riders on the Molenberg with 30 km to go. Anna van der Breggen was the only one who was able to follow her. 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.[56] A few days later Van Dijk rode again strong in the Le Samyn des Dames. In the final kilometers she closed a one-minute gap with the front group. After closing the gap she was the leadout for Chantal Blaak who sprinted to victory. Due to a back injury, Van Dijk could not start in Omloop van het Hageland. In the first World Cup of the season, the Ronde van Drenthe, the team was eager to win. In the final Van Dijk was the lead-out for Armitstead. However, Armitstead lost Van Dijk in the last kilometer. Van Dijk continued sprinting and rode to the third place. She was happy with her result, but found it a shame that the team did not win. During the second World Cup race, the Trofeo Alfredo Bina Van Dijk couldn't ride uphill with the fastest riders and finished eighth, with team mate Armitstead taking the win. For the Tour of Flanders, Van Dijk heard a day before the race she was not as a leader of the team, although Van Dijk won this World Cup race previous year. Because Van Dijk prepared very well for this race she was disappointed, and didn't ride a good race finishing 24th. Van Dijk rode several races in the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain in April, May and the begin of the June. The most notable results from these race being a second place in the team time trial in the Energiewacht Tour and a second place in Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, being outsprinted by Gracie Elvin. 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 trade-team mate Katarzyna Niewiadoma and not for the Netherlands. Van Dijk was the brunt of these tactics and finished fourth. Four days later, back in the Netherlands, she was not able to win the national time trial championships, finishing almost half a minute behind Van der Breggen.

During the La Course by Le Tour de France the rain poured down and made the course and cobbles slippery. Van Dijk was involved by one of the many crashes. She broke het collarbone and had to abandon the race.[57] At home she had installed a high-altitiude tent, and with a speedy recovery she went with Iris Slappendel to Switzerland to train at high altitude. Six weeks after her crash she could race again and started in the 2015 Boels Rental Ladies Tour on 1 September. She rode in the stage race stronger every day and finished second in the time trial, two seconds behind of Lisa Brennauer. She moved to the third place in the general classification and was able to keep this position.

At the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, United States, she won the silver medal with her team in the team time trial. In the time trial she finished disappointingly seventh. A reason for her performance was that her rear wheal was not well attached in the frame. Her wheel ran into the frame, damaging her tire and puncturing her inner tube. For the road race she rode for Anna van der Breggen who won the silver medal and finished in tenth place herself.


Results at championships and Games[edit]

Road cycling
Year National Champ. European Champ.
(Under 23)
European Games World Champ. Olympic Games
4th Road race No tournament No tournament
3rd Time trial

1st MaillotHolanda.svg Road race

1st MaillotHolanda.svg Time trial

1st MaillotHolanda.svg Road race

3rd Road race Not allowed
to start (<18)
1st MaillotHolanda.svg Time trial

2nd Road race

7th Time trial

7th Road race

No tournament
2006 7th Time trial

26th Road race

10th Road race
2007 1st MaillotHolanda.svg Time trial

18th Road race

5th Time trial

11th Road race

17th Time trial
2008 4th Time trial

20th Road race

1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Time trial

31st Road race

20th Time trial
2009 3rd Time trial

9th Road race

1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Time trial

24th Road race

20th Time trial No tournament
2010 7th Time trial

16th Road race

Not allowed
to start (>23)
2011 2nd Time trial
11th Road race
6th Time trial
2012 1st MaillotHolanda.svg Time trial 1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG Team time trial

5th Time trial
DNF Road race

OTL Road race

8th Time trial

2013 1st MaillotHolanda.svg Time trial
DNF Road race
1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG Team time trial

1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG Time trial
16th Road race

No tournament
2014 2nd Time trial
35th Road race
5th Team time trial

7th Time trial
29th Road race

2015 2nd Time trial
12th Road race
1st Time trial
4th road race
2nd Team time trial

7th Time trial
10th Road race

Track cycling
Year National Champ. European Champ. World Champ. Olympic Games
2006 3rd Ind. pursuit

9th Points race

No Tournament
2007 1st MaillotHolanda.svg Ind. pursuit

4th Scratch race
4th Points race

2008 1st MaillotHolanda.svg Ind. pursuit

2nd Scratch race
4th Points race

1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Scratch race (U23)

1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Points race (U23)
2nd Ind. pursuit (U23)
2nd Omnium

1st Jersey rainbow.svg Scratch race

5th Ind. pursuit
6th Team pursuit

2009 6th Scratch race

6th Ind. pursuit
15th Points race
4th Team pursuit

No tournament
2010 2nd Omnium

1st MaillotHolanda.svg Ind. pursuit
3rd Scratch race
3rd Points race
2nd Madison

9th Omnium

9th Team pursuit

5th Ind. pursuit
8th Points race

5th Team pursuit

2011 1st MaillotHolanda.svg Ind. pursuit

1st MaillotHolanda.svg Madison
6th Scratch race

5th Team pursuit 5th Ind. pursuit

5th Team pursuit

2012 6th Team pursuit

OTL = over time limit, DNF = did not finish, U23 = under 23


Other major achievements[edit]

Professional criteriums



















In this palmares are listed:
  • Podium places at final classifications in stage races (minimum UCI rating: 2.2)
  • Victories at one day races (minimum UCI rating: 1.2) and stages (minimum UCI rating: 2.2s)
  • New Dutch national records
  • Achievements listed are in road races unless otherwise indicated

Dutch national records, team pursuit[edit]

The women's 3000 m team pursuit track cycling discipine was introduced at the 2007–08 track cycling season. The Dutch team consisting of Ellen van Dijk, Marlijn Binnendijk and Yvonne Hijgenaar rode the team pursuit for the first time at Round 4 at the 2007–08 UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Copenhagen in a time of 3:36.901 (49.792 km/h). They broke the record later that day. After have ridden the team pursuit for the first time, the record has been broken nine times. Van Dijk is the only woman who always has been part of the squad when a record was broken. The current record was settled during the 2012 Summer Olympics by Van Dijk, Kirsten Wild and Vera Koedooder in a time of 3:20.013 (53.996 km/h) on 4 August 2012. After the 2011–12 track cycling season the UCI changed the discipline into a 4000 m team pursuit with 4 riders.

Personal records[edit]

Speed skating
Distance Time Date Ice Rink
500 meter 43.72 30 October 2006 Thialf, Heerenveen
1000 meter 1:26.41 5 February 2005 De Smelt, Assen
1500 meter 2:09.00 4 November 2005 Thialf, Heerenveen
3000 meter 4:27.05 18 March 2005 Thialf, Heerenveen
5000 meter 7:41.93 17 March 2006 Thialf, Heerenveen
Track cycling
Discipline Time Date Event Velodrome
Individual pursuit (3000 m) 3:32.505 27 March 2008 Track Cycling World Championships Manchester Velodrome
Team pursuit (3000 m) 3:20.013 NR 4 August 2012 Olympic Games London Velodrome


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Further reading[edit]

Jeanine Laudy, Jan Willem Verkiel,: Strijd in het vrouwenpeloton: de Giro door de ogen van Marianne Vos en Ellen van Dijk (ISBN 9043916145), Tirion Sport (Dutch). The story of Ellen van Dijk and Marianne Vos of the 2011 Giro d'Italia Femminile.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Yumari González (CUB)
Track Cycling World Champion (scratch race)
Succeeded by
 Yumari González (CUB)
Preceded by
 Judith Arndt (GER)
Road Cycling World Champion (time trial)
Succeeded by
 Lisa Brennauer (GER)
Preceded by
Inaugural event
Road Cycling World Champion (team time trial)
2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by
 Lizzie Armitstead (GBR)
U-23 European Track Champion (scratch race)
Succeeded by
 Anna Blyth (GBR)
Preceded by
 Marlijn Binnendijk (NED)
U-23 European Track Champion (points race)
Succeeded by
 Marta Tagliaferro (ITA)
Preceded by
 Linda Villumsen (NOR)
U-23 European Road Champion (time trial)
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
 Alexandra Burchenkova (RUS)