2024 will be the year of Chantal van den Broek-Blaak’s comeback after the past year was dominated by the birth of her daughter, Noa. "I would like to try to get back to the highest level," Chantal van den Broek-Blaak indicates. "In doing so, I am not putting any expectations on myself yet. I am taking it one step at a time. I still enjoy cycling immensely and have set myself the goal of coming back. It would be incredibly nice if I managed to experience the Tour start in my and Noa's hometown of Rotterdam. That would be a crowning achievement of my career."
Last October, the 2017 world champion rejoined Team SD Worx-Protime for the first time for a three-day sponsorship activity. "It took some getting used to when I packed my suitcase to leave Noa for the first time even at night. But when I got back to the team hotel, it was like I had never been away. This team is a family to me. I felt supported by the team in my choice to have a child during my career. They gave me all the time I need and I look forward to racing with the girls again."
Sporting manager, Danny Stam, dare not make any predictions about Chantal van den Broek-Blaak's return. "I think it's exciting. We are happy that she is training fully again and hope she can return to the level she was at and preferably even better, because the level in women's cycling has continued to grow.
Anyway, Chantal is always an added value within this team. She is a personality. She is also hugely respected in the group. When Chantal says something, everyone listens. She is a master in conveying how you should live as a professional to the younger riders. The Tour start in Rotterdam and the fact that the Tour passes through her region will be a very big motivator for Chantal to return at the highest level," Stam concludes.