Ellen van Dijk says she is still feeling the effects of her falls at the first women’s Paris-Roubaix, confirming “I still cannot train the normal number of hours or the intensity that I would like”.
She added that the effects of the concussion affected her out of season and were “not over yet.”
European road racing champion and world time trial champion Van Dijk had an unbelievably good year in 2021 but ended with a tough race in ‘Hell of the North’ where she finished. crushed four times, suffering a concussion and finishing in 32nd place, 8-32 behind her Trek-Segafredo teammate Lizzie Deignan.
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Van Dijk is currently at Trek-Segafredo training camp although he is still feeling the effects.
“In February it will be my first race so it’s really good to have the time,” Van Dijk said at a press conference at the team’s training camp.
“If you could time a concussion, I think I would time it right away because… there isn’t that much stress and I really have time to get over it.”
Concussions can have very serious side effects and recovery requires rest. Van Dikj said: “I still can’t train the normal number of hours or the intensity that I would like, so I still have to adapt and I have to rest a lot more … I think it will work out. Going pretty well and then all of a sudden I have to end the day again and I can’t work out or something, I’m still juggling it, but it’s just getting better and better.
“It’s just something that isn’t finished yet. It affects training with everything, all of life.
“I had a good offseason but I couldn’t really do so many social things because when it’s noise and light and everything around it, it’s not that pleasant.
“It was just a shame, but at the same time, you know, there are enough beautiful things to look back on, so it’s a lot easier.”
The 34-year-old added that her running schedule is very similar to that of the season just ended, with the Classics being her first major focus where she will play a joint leadership role alongside Elisa Longo Borghini. and Lizzie Deignan.
After that, she hopes to watch the first edition of the reincarnated Women’s Tour de France which she said had “a bit for everyone” but she “only really missed the time trial”.
After that, the Dutch powerhouse aims to defend their European road title and world time trial title, as well as potentially participating in European TT and world road racing.