2007 Vrienden van het Platteland season

The 2007 women's road cycling season was the eighth season for the Vrienden van het Platteland (UCI code: VVP) cycling team, which began as Ondernemers van Nature in 2000.

2007 Vrienden van het Platteland
UCI Team ranking23rd
ManagerJan van Dam
Season victories
One-day racesRoad: 2
Track: 1
Stage race overall0
Stage race stages1
Best ranked riderEllen van Dijk (37th)
Vrienden van het Platteland jersey 2007.jpg
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The main victories on the road for the team were the time trial at the Tour of Chongming Island by Ellen van Dijk and the Norwegian and Dutch Time Trial Championships by Anita Valen and Ellen van Dijk. On the track Van Dijk also won the individual pursuit at the Dutch National Track Cycling Championships. At the end of the year the team ended 23rd in the UCI Team's Ranking with Ellen van Dijk as the best individual at the 37th place in the UCI Individual Women's Road Ranking.[1]


Ages as of 1 January 2007.

Rider Date of birth
  Liesbeth Bakker (NED) (1986-07-01)July 1, 1986 (aged 20)
  Janne Brok (NED) (1987-06-07)June 7, 1987 (aged 19)
  Katie Brown (AUS) (1983-02-02)February 2, 1983 (aged 23)
  Ellen van Dijk (NED) (1987-02-11)February 11, 1987 (aged 19)
  Yvonne Leezer (NED) (1987-02-09)February 9, 1987 (aged 19)
  Emma Mackie (AUS) (1984-09-09)September 9, 1984 (aged 22)
Rider Date of birth
  Anita Valen (NOR) (1968-12-12)December 12, 1968 (aged 38)
  Monique van de Ree (NED) (1988-03-02)March 2, 1988 (aged 18)
  Moniek Rotmensen (NED) (1986-04-25)April 25, 1986 (aged 20)
  Monique Verstraten (NED) (1983-04-24)April 24, 1983 (aged 23)
  Jaccolien Wallaard (NED) (1982-09-30)September 30, 1982 (aged 24)



The first podium place for the team was a third place for Jaccolien Wallaard at Omloop Het Volk in March. In May Ellen van Dijk finished third at Omloop van Borsele and in the time trial stage at the Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin. Van Dijk finished third again in an international time trial at the Tour of Chongming Island Time trial in June. The day afterwards Van Dijk won the first stage of the Tour of Chongming Island with Wallaard in third place. After finishing second in the stage 2 and stage 3 Van Dijk ended also second in the general classification.[4] In July Ellen van Dijk represented the Netherlands at the European Championships (under-23) and finished fifth in the time trial. At the national championships Anita Valen won the time trial in Norway and finished second in the road race. In the Netherlands Ellen van Dijk won the Dutch time trial championships. Due to Van Dijks' good results in the time trials she was chosen to represent the Netherlands in the time trial at the World Championships in Stuttgart where she finished 17th.[5] Due to her good results Ellen van Dijk became sportswomen of the year of Woerden.[6] Van Dijk was invited to join the Dutch national track cycling team.[7] At the national track championships she became Dutch champion in the individual pursuit, ahead of Marianne Vos and Kirsten Wild, and finished fourth in the scratch race and points race.[8]


Season victoriesEdit

Single day and stage races 2007[9]
Date Nation Race Cat. Winner
3 June   China Stage 1 Tour of Chongming Island 2.2   Ellen van Dijk
National, Continental and World champions 2007[9]
Date Discipline Jersey Winner
29 June Norwegian National Time Trial Champion   Anita Valen
15 August Dutch national time trial champion   Ellen van Dijk
30 December Dutch National Track Cycling Champion – Individual pursuit   Ellen van Dijk

Results in major racesEdit

Results at the 2007 UCI Women's Road World Cup races
# Date Race Country Best rider Place
#1 3 March Geelong World Cup   Australia - -
#2 8 April Tour of Flanders for Women   Belgium   Ellen van Dijk[W 1] 40th
#3 12 April Ronde van Drenthe   Netherlands   Ellen van Dijk 15th
#4 25 April La Flèche Wallonne Féminine   Belgium - -
#5 13 May Tour de Berne    Switzerland - -
#6 2 June La Coupe du Monde Cycliste Féminine de Montréal   Canada - -
#7 5 August Open de Suède Vårgårda   Sweden   Anita Valen 13th
#8 1 September GP de Plouay   France - -
#9 16 September Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt   Germany   Anita Valen 15th
  1. ^ As part of the Dutch national team
Results in other major single day races
Date Race[M 1] Rider Place
3 July European Road Championships – Women's under-23 time trial   Ellen van Dijk 5th
5 July European Road Championships – Women's under-23 road race   Ellen van Dijk 11th
23 September Road World Championships – Women's time trial[10]   Ellen van Dijk 17th
  1. ^ Riders are in these championships part of the national team

UCI World RankingEdit

The team finished 23rd in the UCI ranking for teams.[1]

Individual UCI World Ranking[1]
Rank Rider Points
37   Ellen van Dijk 145
120   Anita Valen 34
145   Jaccolien Wallaard 22
356   Monique van de Ree 3


  1. ^ a b c "Ranking - Cycling - Road 2007 Women Elite UCI Ranking Individual Final result". UCI. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  2. ^ "2007 Roster". cyclingarchives.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. ^ "2007 Roster". cqranking.com. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Vrienden van het Platteland (VVP) - UCI 2007". CQranking.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Results of Ellen van Dijk in 2007". CQranking.com. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Ellen van Dijk, sportvrouw van 2007". Wourdense Courant. 18 December 2007. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  7. ^ Ellen van Dijk. "Biography of Ellen van Dijk". Ellenvandijk.nl. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Ellen van Dijk (cyclingarchives)". Cyclingarchives.com. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  9. ^ a b "2007 Vrienden van het platteland". procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  10. ^ "2007 World Championships WE - ITT (CM)". procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 29 July 2014.