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No room for world number one Lorena Wiebes in Dutch Worlds squad

George Smith
10 Sep 2019

Even with the notable absence of Ellen van Dijk, the Dutch squad is still packed with talent

Ellen van Dijk has been ruled out of the upcoming UCI World Championships after a crash at the Boels Ladies Tour left her with a broken humerus and fractured pelvis - but even that wasn’t enough for the UCI women’s highest-ranked rider, Lorena Wiebes, to secure a spot in Yorkshire.

Van Dijk, the Trek-Segafredo rider, will be out for a sustained period of time in a big blow to Dutch hopes of glory. Her impressive list of victories spans across road and track, and she is currently ITT European Champion.

‘Not so lucky in my second crash of the week,’ she said on Twitter. ‘Will stay in hospital for a couple of days where they will do surgery later this week on my humerus. Six weeks no walking because of fractures in the pelvis (front and rear).’

The crash in which she sustained her injuries was the second of the race, as she references, having already done minor damage when she came off in the prologue of the Netherlands' premier women’s stage race.

Though the Dutch national federation had not announced their squad at the time of her crash, it was widely recognised the important role that Van Dijk was going to play in both the road race and time trial.

However, in what has been a more dramatic shock, Wiebes has been omitted - meaning the ranked number one rider on the UCI’s women’s racing circuit will not be competing at the World Championships.

Making the decision even more puzzling is the form which Wiebes is currently in. Just last week the Parkhotel-Valkenburg rider took two stage wins and a podium place at the Boels Ladies Tour that Van Dijk was unable to finish.

The 20-year-old also took victory in cycling's most lucrative one-day race, Prudential RideLondon Classique, having also become Dutch National Champion in July.

With that said, the Dutch team is still packed full of big names in a clear showcase of the nation’s cycling talent.