Annemiek van Vleuten also wins Durango-Durango: I'm happy I don't have the curse of the Rainbow jersey
Jul 27 2020 03:04 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten also wins Durango-Durango: I'm happy I don't have the curse of the Rainbow jersey
Annemiek van Vleuten also wins Durango-Durango: I'm happy I don't have the curse of the Rainbow jersey
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten has taken her third victory in a row in four days of competition, in Durango-Durango.

The rider of Mitchelton-Scott took once again a solo win in the Spanish race, after he did the same earlier in the week at Emakumeen Nafarraoka Klasikoa and the Clasica Navarra. Van Vleuten has won all the races in which she has competed in 2020 so far, including the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February.

The World Champion was part of a late escape group and as is already typical of her, she attacked in one of the climbs and only her fellow countrywoman Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) could respond to those attacks and went on to follow her. Despite the efforts of Van der Breggen, Van Vleuten crossed the finish line on her own.

"I cannot remember winning four-races in a row, actually five, because the world championships started it," said the rider at the end of the race. "I don't want to be arrogant; it is unbelievable for me to win these three races; I cannot have believed this would have happened. I have to say Friday was the biggest surprise but today I knew the final, so I knew if it stayed together then it would be good for me. It was a super steep climb which I know really well."

Van Vleuten also praised the work of her teammates. "Going into the final the team did a super good job with Moniek (Tenniglo) and Georgia (Williams) all the time controlling the bunch and that really helped me, so I didn't have to-do any effort before the climb. Also, a big shout out to Amanda Spratt today, she was always offensive always there and it is always nice to see her there, and we can go to Strade Bianche now with confidence. I attacked at the start with the first steep part of the final climb and then Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) surprised me with a really, really big attack, but actually I could follow her, then she blew half-way up the steep climb, so I could take over and go my own speed to the top.

"Anna (Van der Breggen) was just behind me between 10 and 15 seconds, so I had to go full gas on the descent. I had a bit of a flashback to La Course and last year in the Giro, so it was a really interesting fight between Anna and me. I could not relax on the descent or really enjoy it, but it was a beautiful final. To win every race in the jersey; for sure I cannot keep this record but for now it is nice. At first, they wanted to interview me about the curse of the rainbow jersey, but I am really happy I don't have that curse."




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