Strade Bianche - Annemiek van Vleuten: Everything hard is good for me and bad for my opponents
Aug 02 2020 12:29 am CET

Strade Bianche - Annemiek van Vleuten: Everything hard is good for me and bad for my opponents
Strade Bianche - Annemiek van Vleuten: Everything hard is good for me and bad for my opponents
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) has taken her second victory in a row in Strade Bianche on a day that was gruesome for everybody due to the extreme temperatures.

The race of the white roads was as expected: hot, hard and dusty. Although the World Champion missed the first moves at the front of the peloton, she fought her way back and attacked in the last kilometre in a way that is becoming her personal signature and which allowed her to cross the finish line by herself.

"Everything hard is good for me and is bad for my opponents, so I just think 'I love the heat'," said Van Vleuten. "I've got so many emotions today, at first, I thought I came here for nothing. I couldn't make my attack as my teammate Amanda was in front, and then suddenly a girl is away, Mavi Garcia, a really strong rider then I had to go full on the attack, so there were a lot of emotions.

"The speed was out of the group and then suddenly my team director said 'Annemiek time for action' just before the second to last gravel section, that was really uphill. That was actually the moment I had in my head to attack from the group in front hopefully, but now I had to attack there to close the gap. The Piazza del Campo is the most beautiful finish for me to win. I didn't think I would catch Mavi Garcia and I believe the whole scenario made it a very spectacular race."

This is the sixth victory in a row for the Dutch rider, the fifth of the season and sporting the rainbow jersey.




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