World Champion Chantal Blaak: I thought my race was over
Sep 23 2017 08:44 pm CET

World Champion Chantal Blaak: I thought my race was over
World Champion Chantal Blaak: I thought my race was over
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Dutch national champion Chantal Blaak became the World Champion on a day that didn't look like it would end well the rider but turned out to be perfect.

With six kilometers to go, Blaak escaped from a reduced group that was controlled by two of her teammates: Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen. This control allowed the Boels Dolmans rider to cross the finish line on her own and take the Rainbow Jersey.

"I can’t believe it," she said. "Really everything happened in this race. I crashed, and I was in a lot of pain in that moment. I thought my race was over, but maybe I could come back, and we’d see what I could do. It wasn’t the plan that I should win the race. I wanted to make it the best possible race for the team.

"I was already super happy to have the national champ jersey this year, and now I have the rainbows. It’s a dream."

Indeed, it was an eventful day for the rider. Early in the race a crash that left American Megan Guarnier out of the race, also affected the Dutchwoman. "I had a lot of pain," Blaak explained. "I don't know exactly how it happened. I think someone looked back and hit another wheel. I didn't have anywhere to go and also ended up on the floor.

"I tried to repair the bike myself but it didn't work and it took a while until I was helped. 'Now the race is over', I thought. Then came another thought: 'Come on Chantal, you've been training so hard for this. This is the last race of the season and the team needs you". But I didn't expect to cross the finish line first."



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