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Lorena Wiebes – “I want to step up to the highest level of the sport”

We looked around and decided that we should make more of a contribution to ladies cycling; as of this week we'll run at least one "ladies oriented" piece each week - and where better to start than with the world number one-ranked rider?

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In the half century I’ve been involved in the sport I’ve witnessed three of the all-time greats of ladies cycling perform.

First there was Keetie van Oosten-Hage; two gold, three silver and three bronze world road race championship medals plus four gold, three silver and three bronze world pursuit medals between 1966 and 1979.

There were no Olympics for lady cyclists in Keetie’s day but there were for the dazzling Leontien Van Moorsel who won Olympic road race gold, two time trial golds and an individual pursuit gold between 2000 and 2004.

Add that to four Worlds individual pursuit titles, two road race titles and two time trial titles between 2000 and 2004 and you have palmarès of the highest order.

Then there’s