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Ellen van Dijk – Leading by example

Ellen van Dijk - Leading by example

Ellen Van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) leading the peloton at the Tour de France Femmes 2022 The news is out! Finally, at the beginning of March, I…

Thursday, Jun 08

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Ellen Van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) leading the peloton at the Tour de France Femmes 2022 The news is out!

Finally, at the beginning of March, I was able to tell everyone about the big secret I had been keeping… I am pregnant!

From the moment we knew, Benjamin and I were so excited about it. We basically wanted to tell everyone we know. But of course, we didn’t. We had some time to keep it our little secret. Well, our secret, plus my coach, doctor and DS’s secret.

That’s the strange reality of being a cyclist. When other people call their parents first, I had to share our delicate news with the team. However, I am lucky enough to be in the best team possible to be in this kind of situation.

The positive pregnancy test was during training camp in January, which made it easier to tell the team straight away. But to be fair, I was still nervous. I realized it would have a big impact on our team. It was already January; it wouldn’t be easy to sign a replacement for me, and only a few months earlier, I had signed a new contract with the team for two more years.

But there was no need for my nerves. Everyone I told reacted super-enthusiastically, and everyone was excited for us. It felt like a big weight had come off my shoulders. Of course, I already knew how the team had handled the pregnancies of Lizzie Deignan and Abi van Twisk.

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