Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk is the latest addition to the new UCI women’s team as Trek continues to build a well-rounded squad.
Van Dijk is renowned for her time trial ability and over her career has become one the world’s best in the race against the clock. She has five World Titles to her name, the first coming on the track in the Scratch race in 2008, and has won the coveted rainbow jersey at the 2013 World Championships in the Individual Time Trial. She also has three World Titles (2012, 2013, 2016) with her respective trade teams in the Team Time Trial.
Van Dijk first turned pro in 2006 and has been a member of top-level UCI women’s teams over the years that included Columbia–High Road, Specialized–lululemon, Boels–Dolmans, and most recently, Sunweb, joining the German squad in 2017. Her list of successes is impressive; the most notable wins coming in the Tour of Flanders (2014) and overall victories at the Tour of Qatar (2011), Boels Ladies Tour (2013) and three times at the Healthy Aging Tour (2013, 2016, 2017).
This season, she has taken wins in Omloop van het Hageland- Tielt-Winge and Dwars door Vlaanderen, winning the time trial stage and finishing second overall in Thüringen Ladies Tour, helping her team win the team time trial in the Giro d’Italia Femminile, winning both the National and European time trial titles (again!), and finishing second overall in the Boels Ladies Tour.
She is also an accomplished track cyclist, winning multiple World Cup races in the points race, individual pursuit, and team pursuit, and competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in both road and track.
“I’m very excited to join the Trek Factory Racing team next year. It’s great to see Trek stepping up as a sponsor and bringing women’s cycling to a higher level with this team. The way they approach women’s cycling is exactly what is needed to see it grow,” said van Dijk.
“For me, it’s an opportunity to work together with such a cool company, and honestly, I can’t wait to start riding a Trek bike. The team has a great line up, and with so many enthusiastic people involved, I’m sure it’s going to be a huge success.”
Ellen van Dijk joins Lizzie Deignan, 29, (GBR), Elisa Longo Borghini,26,( ITA), Lotta Lepistö, 29, (FIN), Ruth Winder,25, (USA), Tayler Wiles, 29, (USA), Lauretta Hanson, 23, (AUS), Abi Van Twisk,21, (GBR), Letizia Paternoster, 19, (ITA), and sport directors Ina Teutenberg (GER) and Giorgia Bronzini (ITA).