Lucinda
Brand

Residence
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Age
29
Nickname
Luuc
Height
168cm
Hobbies
Cooking, travelling
Favourite food
Ice cream
Favourite TV show
Flikken Maastricht
Favourite holiday destination
Sun with adventure!
Favourite race
Strade Bianche

 

When Lucinda Brand was 12, she had a choice; gymnastics, or cycling? It was a pretty simple decision. “I wasn’t very good at gymnastics,” she laughs.

“I also was not a very good cyclist when I was younger either. I was always dropped and never trained. My parents said I was not allowed to race because I didn’t train. When I was 17, I started to get a bit better. It was more fun, I could ride tactically, I learnt how to move in a peloton. And then I became better and better, and grew into becoming a professional rider.”

Straight-talking Lucinda has become one of the most versatile, multi-talented and aggressive riders in the peloton, making a name for herself both on the road and in cyclocross. She is the 2017 world team time trial champion and has won medals on both world and European level in cyclocross.

The 2017 season saw Lucinda finish fourth overall at the Giro Rosa, one of the most prestigious stage races in the women’s calendar, after seriously focusing on a result in that race with the team and putting a training plan in place to become a better climber.

 

Lucinda Brand | Team Sunweb
Lucinda Brand | Team Sunweb
Lucinda Brand | Team Sunweb

Lucinda explained: ““I am someone who really goes for something if I want it. I am motivated, dedicated, and determined. I am an all-rounder on the bike but probably most suited to stage racing.

“What stands out from other teams for me is that Team Sunweb want to work on a plan with you. We sit together in the winter, and speak about the season, when to be the best for the races you plan for. We focused on the Giro last year. I love that the team give you the freedom and the choice to do that. They want to do it for every rider too. The coaches really try to find that one thing you are really good at, and to develop that.”

The four-time Dutch national champion, a stat she classes as one of her greatest achievements, describes bike racing as a “mental fight” but one she invariably wins: “I am an aggressive rider. If I am hurting and see a rider next to me, I think, damn she is not going to beat me. It doesn’t matter what race is it, I can race aggressively. That is my biggest strength.”

Results

2019
2 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 5
2 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 10
3 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 2
3 Postnord UCI WWT Vårgårda WestSweden TTT
3 Dwars door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre
3 European Continental Championships WE ITT
4 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Points Classification
4 La Course by Le Tour de France
4 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 6 (ITT)
4 National Championships Netherlands WE ITT
2018
1 Ladies Tour of Norway TTT
1 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Team Time Trial
1 Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta Team Time Trial
2 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition
2 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 10
2 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
2 Boels Ladies Tour Stage 4
3 World Championships WE TTT
3 Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour Stage 7 (ITT)
3 Boels Ladies Tour Points Classification
2017
1 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad WE
1 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile Stage 8
1 World Championships WE TTT
2 OVO Energy Women's Tour Mountains Classification
2 Boels Rental Ladies Tour Stage 6
2 Healthy Ageing Tour Stage 5
3 Women's WorldTour Ronde van Drenthe
3 Healthy Ageing Tour Team Time Trial
4 Crescent Vårgårda TTT
4 National Championships Netherlands WE ITT