A senior world champion at the age of just 20, riding for arguably the best road team in the world, Amalie Dideriksen has the world at her feet.
But after a debut appearance at last year’s Revolution Series as the newly-crowned world champion, how has the past year been for the Dane?
Dideriksen was well prepared for pulling on the rainbow stripes, having already done it twice as a junior in 2013 and 2014.
She had also finished fifth for Denmark in the Olympic omnium just weeks ahead of her success on the roads of Doha, but despite all that nothing can prepare you for life as a senior world champion.
“Being a World Champion was something I’d dreamt of for the future, but to do it at 20 was surprising for me and everyone, but it’s been amazing to ride in the rainbow jersey,” said the now-21-year-old who will ride the London and Manchester legs of the Elite Women’s Championship alongside Lizzie Deignan for Boels-Dolmans.
“For the first few weeks I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible, you never know what it is going to feel like until you actually have it.
“Everyone’s eyes are on you which is great, really hard, but I’ve been trying as much as I can this year.
“It gives you a lot more pressure, we had the European Championships in Denmark recently where I came fifth.
“People would normally be really happy with that sort of result but now they see it as only fifth!
“I still see it as a very good achievement, but people have a lot more expectations of you now.
“I have a lot more expectation in myself too, I really want to show that it wasn’t a coincidence that I got the jersey. I’ve had a pretty okay season so far and I still try to show people I’m a good rider.”
So far in the rainbow bands, Dideriksen has won her first UCI Women’s WorldTour race when she took the Ronde van Drenthe title.
She has also helped team-mate Anna van der Breggen to the Giro Rosa title, and taken four other WorldTour top tens this season.
But despite her promising campaign, the youngster – who only graduated from university this summer – knows the hard work is not done yet, with more Revolution riding part of her development plan.
“I still have a lot to improve on, getting stronger, but that will come with the time,” she added.
“Now I’m ready to throw myself back into the track, I look forward to it because I missed doing some of the World Cups last year.
“This season has gone really fast and the year is almost over. But I have a few races left, hopefully I can have some good results and it’s about making the most of the jersey – then we go to Norway and I’ll try to defend it as well as I can there.
“Getting it on the podium was a really special moment, when I got that package with my first rainbow jersey it really made it real, and it wasn’t hard to get out for training that day!”
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