Worldcup Fiuggi

Mud on ice turned the Fiuggi track into a slippery course and it turned the race into an apocalyptic fight to stay upright. On top of the challenging course, Ellen was suffering from an upset stomach just minutes before the start. She knew however that on this icy track with long narrow sections, being in the front of the race from the start was imperative. Equally crucial was to avoid slidings or crashes as much as possible. Ellen succeeded in the first but crashed up to three times going downhill on the icy sections in the wood. In the first lap nearly all riders slipped or crashed, some even slid into the fencing. Logically victory was claimed by the rider – Marianne Vos – who managed to stay upright on this greasy surface. Ellen came in seventh without major injuries, securing her fourth place in the overal WC ranking.

 

Bronze medal in Belgian National Championship

After four silver medals in the National Championships, Ellen got a bronze one in Ostend this time. She finished after Sanne Cant and Laura Verdonschot who surprisingly claimed second place and the silver medal. It was a tough course and both the massive bridge, connecting the velodrome with the beach, and the long running sections proved too great a challenge for Ellen. Although she did not make any mistakes during the race, she was already facing a gap between herself and the other two medal contenders after the first sand section. For a while she followed at ten seconds but in the ultimate lap the leading duo was up to forty seconds ahead. She had to settle for third position which was never in any danger.

I gave everything

World Cup Namur

Despite a weakening health, Ellen lined up for the start of the World Cup Race at the Citadel of Namur. Typically this is a tough race with multiple climbs and terrifying descends from the Citadel hill down and into the surrounding woods. Untypical for this year was the dry track as hardly any ran has fallen in Belgium over the last weeks. In the opening lap, Lechner and Nash were the main actors on the stage. They took the lead and powered away from a group which was positioned slightly behind the two. Ellen was in that chasing group together with De Boer, Majerus and Arzuffi. Several flats and mechanicals played a key role and continuously reshuffled the positions at the front of the race. After a spectacular final lap and another mechanical for De Boer, Nash was able to take the last climb and the final metres on her own. She came in before Lechner and De Boer. Ellen was able to hold on to sixth place, jumping to third place in the World Cup Ranking.

Foto : Alain Buyck @sport.be

World Cup Valkenburg

On the Cauberg hill in Valkenburg, the first World Cup of the season on European soil, Ellen showed some good legs. Together with Sophie de Boer she hit the front early, pushing the pace. When Thalita de Jong hit the front group she applied some pressure and reduced the race to six leaders in the first lap. Unfortunately Ellen slid out on an off-camber and she was no longer able to go with the leading group. She succeeded in holding off Mani and secured sixth place. Picture: Bart Raeymaekers

Distrilog Niels Albert CX

Jolien Verschueren took the top step of the podium in Boom. Last year Ellen was able to grab the victory but this year she had to settle for second place.We know Ellen is very fond of the G-sport foundation and she came out to cheer for the numerous riders in the first IOK G-Trophy race.