National Championships - Annemiek van Vleuten: I'm going to enjoy this one and bring on the Giro!
Jun 27 2019 12:37 am CET

National Championships -  Annemiek van Vleuten: I'm going to enjoy this one and bring on the Giro!
National Championships -  Annemiek van Vleuten: I'm going to enjoy this one and bring on the Giro!
Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten has completely dominated the time trial of the Dutch national championships. The rider of Mitchelton-Scott was more than one minute faster than Ellen van Dijk.

The World time trial champion completed the 31.8-kilometre course in 39 minutes and 14 seconds, taking as such her fourth national title in the discipline. "I'm always nervous before the start of a time trial, also today, but I think that's necessary because that shows that you care and that you're eager to win because the only way to win a time trial is to suffer to the maximum," she commented.

"You have to suffer to the max to win, especially in the Netherlands where the top three from the world championships were on the start line today. But I was still quite confident because I've had a good preparation heading into the Giro, but it wasn't a course that suited me perfectly and my last time trial was at the World Championships in Innsbruck."

The rider takes this title just days before facing one of her upcoming goals, the Giro Rosa. "Last year I went out to slow but this year I went out super-fast and I could maintain my speed and at every intermediate, I took seconds," Van Vleuten explained. "I was fastest all the way. It's always special to be on the podium and take the red, white and blue, I was disappointed last year but it was nice to take it this year riding in the rainbow bands.

"It's nice to win but it's even better to win by more than 1'30" ahead of Van Dijk, she was second at the World Championships, so I take confidence out of this. I'm going to enjoy this one and bring on the Giro!"




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