Annemiek van Vleuten unveils 2020 Classics calendar
Feb 14 2020 03:15 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten unveils 2020 Classics calendar
Annemiek van Vleuten unveils 2020 Classics calendar
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten has announced her calendar for the classics season, which will include seven races.

The Dutch rider will make her season debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, from where she will return to Italy to defend her Strade Bianche title. Van Vleuten then will start in Dwars door Vlaanderen, the Tour of Flanders and the trio of Ardennes races: the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

"I really like the Classics, they are a good style of racing and always hard," Van Vleuten commented. "Usually I am a slow starter in the Spring Classics but this time I expect to be ready for Nieuwsblad and carry that forward, so this is pretty exciting for me. They're all races that really suit me, I don't particularly like the weather but I can deal with it.

"I'm not racing a lot, but the races I am doing, I am really targeting. After coming so close a few times last year I am really looking forward to racing them again this year. If you come second then there is the possibility to win. I will be proud to wear the rainbow jersey in races, as a champion, and of course if I can win in the jersey it would be very special, but winning is always special, whether you're wearing the jersey or not."

The 37-year-old has had an active off-season in which she has done multiple altitude camps in Colombia and joined the Mitchelton-Scott men's January camp, to prepare for the 2020 season. "I think this pre-season has been my best preparation so far from the last five or six years," she explained. "I have had no setbacks.

"I started with a really good off-season; happy, relaxed, going on a holiday and then the training has been going really well since then, especially going to Colombia twice, so I am really looking forward to the Spring. Knowing how my preparation was last year, with the big setback and injury from the 2019 world champs and still doing so well in the Classics campaign, it really gives me a bit more confidence and belief that I will be a contender in every race at the start of the season."

Annemiek van Vleuten - 2020 Classics Programme:

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad - 29th February
Strade Bianche - 7th March
Dwars door Vlaanderen - 1st April
Ronde van Vlaanderen/Tour of Flanders - 5th April
Amstel Gold Race - 19th April
Flèche Wallonne - 22nd April
Liège-Bastogne-Liège - 26th April



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