Boom had noticed that his poulain was fine. "Because of your own experience in cyclocross, you can quickly see from a rider's body language how they are doing and whether they have something left or not," he said. When Blanka attacked, Shirin was immediately at five seconds. Van Anrooij, however, is a go-getter who keeps on charging. Then, as Blanka, you have to be convinced that you can unload the others and so you have to keep going."
According to Boom, Vas has become a lot stronger in the past year. "She has made steps mentally. She is less upset. Besides, she has a whole road season in her legs and she is a year older. Anna van der Breggen has made training sessions for her to make her bike better, obviously she is reaping the benefits of that in a 50-minute cross as well."