Chantal Blaak: Tour of Flanders is the one that's missing

Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans)
Chantal Blaak (Boels Dolmans) (Image credit: Getty Images)

With a palmarès full of near-enough every major northern Classic in cycling, it's no secret that Chantal Blaak is heading into the 2020 season with one major goal in mind to complete the set.

During a decade-long career, the Boels Dolmans rider has ticked off wins at Le Samyn, Gent-Wevelgem and the Ronde van Drenthe, as well as the Amstel Gold Race in 2018. Last season, she added Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to the list after previously finishing on the podium three times.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.


Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.