Annemiek van Vleuten: To have up and downs makes the ups even more beautiful
Sep 20 2017 03:22 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten: To have up and downs makes the ups even more beautiful

Annemiek van Vleuten has taken the rainbow jersey by winning the Individual Time Trial at the World Championships, a result that came as a surprise for the rider.

The Dutch rider was 12 seconds faster than her fellow country-woman Anna van der Breggen and 18 seconds faster than Bronze medal winner Katrin Garfoot from Australia.

"I still cannot believe it," said the rider after the podium ceremony. "This season I keep surprising myself with what I can do. To be world champion in the time trial I never thought I would be able (to do) this. This year I started to believe in it and to finish it off is incredible.

"It was really hard because it started almost pouring rain on the course. I did my practice in the dry conditions, so I had to be really careful and for sure I lost some time there. I still focused on what I needed to do and Loes Gunnewijk, my coach, was coaching me really well. That was special, she was once before my teammate and now she was coaching me."

It was one year ago that van Vleuten suffered a heavy crash during the road race of the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro, and she said that this experience made her stronger. "To have up and downs, and sometimes some real downs, makes the ups even more beautiful,” she explained. "This is beautiful without a crash in Rio, but that makes the story really, really special."
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Orica-Scott





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