A memorable year is coming to an end soon where we together fought hard as a young and talented team against the best women in the cycling world. With this month’s rider diary, I would love to reflect on this together with you guys!
Being thrown into the deep end, multiple girls joined our team this year from the Juniors. I remember the moment I joined the team myself very well, which was a really warm welcome. I received a personal message from all the girls that they liked the fact I was joining the team and got a lot of help with anything that comes with riding as pro. I really appreciated this as I found myself in a completely different environment at that moment than what I was used to before. That’s why I felt the importance of the new girls feeling at home quickly in the team and I offered my help as much as possible to make them feel welcome directly at the start of the season and be there for them anytime needed, also off the bike. It’s vital because many things are not self-evident for Juniors joining a WorldTour-team, because as a team we work quite specifically and even though there is a good support system here, it can still be quite overwhelming. I hope they have had a similar experience as I had when joining the team.
Starting my second season at Team dsm-firmenich, I saw myself in another role; being promoted to first sprinter. The transition actually went quite naturally as I already had many experiences as finisher before, and the team had already started helping me prepare to be a finisher last year when I got my own chance in some races. It maybe felt a bit like I was on pause for a while but now I’m back to finisher again, it feels like I have never done anything else. Looking back to my first year, I learned a lot in the lead-out, which I now take advantage from. And it’s also nice to hear from the other girls in the lead-out: If you were in my position, you would have given 100%, because last season they saw that I am very committed to the team. As a result, I now feel all the confidence from the staff and girls I need to win races. Ultimately, everyone does anything to get you across the finish line first and I also see how hard the girls work, so that gives me a lot of energy and motivation to achieve the best possible result every day.