Riejanne Retains Time Trial Title

Riejanne Markus of Team Visma | Lease a Bike has once again been crowned Dutch champion in the time trial. The 29-year-old was half a minute faster in Steenbergen than her teammate Lieke Nooijen, who surprised herself with silver.

Nooijen set an impressive time to beat at both the halfway point and the finish line. Markus started last and proved to be even faster than her teammate along the way. On the finish line the difference was thirty seconds in Markus’ favour, to defend her time trial title. 

“Beforehand, I could only dream of this scenario,” Markus said after topping the podium. “I knew I had a good chance, but at the same time I was aware that it was going to be very difficult. It feels a little unreal that I get to grab this title for the second year in a row. Things have been going very well lately. This title feels a bit like the icing on the cake!”

Nooijen was also delighted with the time trial result. “This is a wonderful scenario. I grant Riejanne the jersey wholeheartedly and am very happy that I get to stand next to her on the podium. I am very satisfied with my performance. We are going to enjoy this together.”

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