Van Dijk delivers clutch medal at Worlds for Dutch team

IMOLA ITALY SEPTEMBER 24 Podium Anna Van Der Breggen of The Netherlands World Champion Jersey Ellen Van Dijk of The Netherlands Bronze medal Celebration Mask Covid safety measures during the 93rd UCI Road World Championships 2020 Women Elite Individual Time Trial a 317km stage from Imola to Imola ITT ImolaEr2020 Imola2020 on September 24 2020 in Imola Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Ellen van Dijk takes bronze in TT and congratulates Dutch teammate Anna van der Breggen on gold medal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ellen van Dijk only had a few days to mentally prepare for the UCI Road World Championships. She was added to the Dutch elite women’s roster soon after compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten fractured her wrist in a crash on stage 7 of the Giro Rosa and withdrew. 

In fact, just two weeks ago, Van Dijk took to Twitter to say how she’d miss competing at the world championships in Imola, Italy. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).