Van den Broek-Blaak: 'You have to accept that anything can happen in Paris-Roubaix'

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Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) training on cobbles earlier in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There has been no time for Chantal van den Broek-Blaak (SD Worx) to take the foot off the pedal after the UCI Road World Championships. Once the road race was over, the preparations continued for what she expects will be a tough and unpredictable first edition of the Paris-Roubaix Femmes on Saturday.

The Classics specialist – with a list of wins that includes the Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and this year’s Strade Bianche – said she’s been waiting for a women’s edition of the race for years.

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Simone Giuliani
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Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.