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Sabrina Stultiens   
Sabrina Stultiens
COUNTRY
The Netherlands
Residence
Sittard, the Netherlands
Riders Type
Climber
Favourite Liv Bike
Envie
Pro Since
2012
2016 Racing Km's
2585
2016 Race Days
32
ABOUT Sabrina Stultiens

Sabrina Stultiens started cycling at the age of seven and now at 23 years old Dutch her palmares are extensive. As a junior her talent showed mainly in cyclo-cross, after winning medals at the Dutch championships several times. She also won a silver medal at the U23 European Championships in the same discipline and in 2014 she won the gold medal at the cyclo-cross European Championships. Sabrina is not only successful off road, she’s also the 2014 U23 women’s European Road Champion.

In 2012 Stultiens became a professional cyclist at team Rabobank-Liv and after three years, transferred to this team. “The teams vision with young riders as well as more experienced riders, is very important for me. This team puts development first. All the staff members, coaches, trainers and teammates continuously help me to improve in everything.”

Sabrina is an open minded individual, a team player and one of the teams leaders. She races for the general classification in grand tours such as the Giro Rosa and strengthens the team with her climbing skills. “Despite being born and raised in Holland one of flattest places in the world, I feel most happy when I’m riding in the mountains.”

Stultiens has a clear focus on what she wants to achieve. “I want to develop myself as a climber in the shorter stage races, so I can be at the top level of professional cycling.” Unfortunately, her patience was greatly put to the test in 2016. A serious knee injury started during a training camp in Spain in January and persisted throughout the whole season. “My knee seemed to get better after a couple of weeks and I thought I would be able to start training again. However, I suffered another setback as the irritation in my knee flared up again. This happened quite a few times during the year. It’s the most frustrating thing I have ever had to deal with because cycling is what I enjoy most in life. My parents taught me to always stay positive and to be persistent, even when things don’t go the way you want them to go.”

“My happiest moment last year, was my first training session on the bike after a couple of months off. I had a lot of support from my team mates and coaches. I’m now feeling positive about my recovery and I feel like I’m getting stronger every day.”