Lorena Wiebes was already nicely established as the very best sprinter in girls’s biking after her dominant years at Crew DSM, however since becoming a member of SD Worx has developed tremendously as a Classics rider and total extra versatile star of the game.
The flying Dutchwoman was not the winningest rider of 2023 after reaching the feat back-to-back within the two seasons prior together with her former staff. She truly had the fourth-most victories behind fellow SD Worx pair Demi Vollering and Lotte Kopecky and her former teammate and key lead-out rider Charlotte Kool.
This does not paint the complete image of Wiebes’ class all through the season, nonetheless, together with her palmares displaying simply how typically she was runner-up or on the rostrum of races she wouldn’t have been down as a favorite for up to now.
Usually she was the second-best rider within the seemingly inevitable SD Worx 1-2 finishes all year long, behind World Champion Kopecky. The pair completed as the highest two at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Danilith Nokere Koerse, stage 1 of the Tour de France Femmes and total on the Simac Women Tour.
“I actually preferred the switch [to SD Worx]. I received lower than the 12 months earlier than, however I already knew that after I signed my contract with the staff,” stated Wiebes to WielerFlits after the Superprestige cyclocross spherical in Niel this previous weekend. “For me, it was particularly essential that I developed myself as a rider, and I discover that I’ve taken an enormous step ahead in that space.”
Wiebes was most spectacular at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, proper there with the punchier, lighter riders on the Muur and Bosberg earlier than profitable the dash behind Kopecky. And she or he confirmed it was no fluke together with her capability to experience the Cauberg with Kopecky and Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) as she and the World Champion cruised to a different 1-2 total on the Simac Women Tour.
Even with this addition to her arsenal of talents, Wiebes didn’t lose her near-unmatchable top-end dash velocity, solely dealing with an actual problem in flat finishes from former teammate Kool, who made a giant step in 2023. She nonetheless received the one flat dash on the Tour de France Femmes on stage 3 earlier than she needed to abandon attributable to sickness, so why change something?
“I would like to proceed engaged on what I’ve carried out this 12 months,” stated Wiebes. “Proceed to take steps by way of particulars and assert myself increasingly in harder races.
“That is why I used to be truly very proud of my second place within the Simac Women Tour, on prime of the Cauberg. I used to be capable of comply with Lotte [Kopecky] and Kasia [Niewiadoma] there. I had by no means achieved something like that earlier than, and that’s presently extra essential to me than getting extra victories.”
This pursuit of the hardest races maybe comes with an even bigger purpose in thoughts, the Paris Olympic Video games highway race. Wiebes is eyeing a possible crack at a medal, however the dwelling begin of the Tour de France Femmes within the Netherlands coming so near the Olympics will possible play a task in her choice.
“The Olympic Video games are going to be essential. This week we’re going to Paris with the KNWU to discover the highway race, so I’ll have a greater concept of how that fits my model,” stated Wiebes.
“The Tour de France Femmes, with the Grand Départ within the Netherlands, may even be an essential race. Luckily, these two objectives are comparatively shut to one another, which makes it possible to mix them.”