Lucinda
Brand

Residence
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Age
29
Twitter
@lucinda_brand
Nickname
Luuc
Hobbies
Cooking, travelling
Favourite food
Ice cream
Favourite TV show
Flikken Maastricht
Favourite holiday destination
Sun with adventure!
Favourite race
Strade Bianche
Lucinda Brand

 

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 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

2018
1 TTT Ladies Tour of Norway
1 Team Time Trial Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
1 Team Time Trial Madrid Challenge by la Vuelta
2 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition
2 Stage 10 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
2017
1 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad WE
1 Stage 8 Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile
1 TTT World Championships WE
2 Stage 5 Healthy Ageing Tour
2 Mountains Classification OVO Energy Women's Tour
2016
1 Ladies Tour of Norway
1 Erondegemse Pijl (Erpe-Mere)
1 Stage 2 Ladies Tour of Norway
1 Stage 1 Lotto Belgium Tour
3 Stage 1 Ladies Tour of Norway