Boels-Dolmans duo looking to shine

Dideriksen keen to keep learning from Deignan at Revolution Series

08 September 2017

Already a world road race champion following her stunning outing in Doha just last year, it’s easy to forget that Amalie Dideriksen is just 21.

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But while the world champion’s rainbow stripes may already be a shining part of her armoury, make no mistake, the Danish star has no desire to stop learning any time soon.

And when it comes to the Revolution Series, Dideriksen knows the only way to keep on challenging is to learn from the very best – backing teammate Lizzie Deignan to be one of those to help make her mark.

The two will line up together on the Revolution boards for Boels-Dolmans this winter, with both bringing plenty of pedigree after Dideriksen’s second-placed overall finish as part of the all-star Voxwomen team last season.

Deignan meanwhile has risen to heady heights since being a Revolution Future Star, thrust into the limelight as an Olympic road race silver medallist at London 2012 – before preceding Dideriksen as road world champion in 2015.

And for Dideriksen, herself a double junior road race champion, it’s her teammate’s ability to show her class on both track and road that is dominating the thoughts in what is set to be a busy winter.

“All of our team can do a pretty good job, it will be really great to ride with Lizzie again, it’s great to see her back and riding on the track and hopefully we can get her hooked again,” she said.

“I’ve only ever ridden with her on the road before, it’s something I really enjoy and we’ve been teammates for more than two years now, it’s been great so far.

“I’ve learned a lot from her, she has a lot of experience and all of us try to learn from that as much as possible, everyone in the team knows about what she’s done before and you want to try and do the same.

“I always want to keep learning, as a team we can always get better and if you keep looking for the small things then you can improve, it’s about getting all the small things right and learning as much as you can from everyone, however experienced they are.”

The duo have already confirmed they will compete together in both London and Manchester, confident of hitting their strides having already tasted the Revolution experience.

But this is not a task even these two could accomplish on their own – with Dideriksen as yet unsure if she will be able to complete the full set with Deignan and race Glasgow, too – with the duo potentially falling back on their ever-growing Boels-Dolmans team, a unit going from strength to strength on both the road and the track.

Yet Dideriksen knows this is a team that is about more than just who stops the clock first.

Instead, the Dutch-based squad are hoping to maintain their strong unity on and off the bike, a mentality that saw them crowned as the most successful of all professional women’s road teams just last year.

Dideriksen added: “On the road we believe in each other, we give each other chances to do as well as possible.

“If you support for the win and work well together then it’s fun to be there, races are usually about who crosses the line first but to have that support there is really important and we have that in our team.

“Riding on the track with Lizzie is going to be so different, it’s hard to know what to expect. Some of the team come in with no track racing for a long time, while for me it’s been a long time with a winter where I didn’t do so much.

“We don’t know what to expect and it’s exciting – hopefully we can do well anyway.”

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