Annemiek van Vleuten wins Dwars door Vlaanderen: Feeling well gives me confidence for what's to come
Mar 31 2021 10:57 pm CET

Annemiek van Vleuten wins Dwars door Vlaanderen: Feeling well gives me confidence for what's to come
Annemiek van Vleuten wins Dwars door Vlaanderen: Feeling well gives me confidence for what's to come
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Annemiek van Vleuten has taken the victory of Dwars door Vlaanderen, her first win with Movistar Team.

The European champion followed all the important moves during the first part of the 122-kilometre route. With 36 kilometres to go, the Dutchwoman attacked in the Knokteberg and broke the peloton inti pieces, being Canyon-SRAM's Kasia Niewiadoma the only one that could keep up with her.

The two riders managed to create a gap of more than 30 seconds with the rest and it came to a final sprint in which the former World Champion was the strongest. Niewadoma's teammate Alexis Ryan crossed the finish line 19 seconds behind them and seized the last position of the podium.

"I’m so happy with this first victory and being able to pay the team back after the great job they’ve been doing since the start of the season," said Van Vleuten. "Races like this one and everything we’ve done this month make me feel really confident about the strength we can display together. At Omloop, I still felt like I had to get into how the team worked, then at Strade everything went really well and today we went a step even further.

"The whole team has followed the plan 100% and did their fullest. Gloria and Alicia covered us well in the beginning, then Barbara and Aude put me into the right position at all important moments, and having Leah at the front allowed us playing two cards.

"After we did a recon of the course yesterday I was so motivated, and the test we carried out during the last two months at my Tenerife camps showed that the condition was good, yet it’s true that such a long-range attack, more than 30km from the finish, was a risky gamble, but it was at climbs like the Knokteberg where I felt I could make the difference. When I attacked and saw that only Kasia could follow me, I knew it was the time to keep pushing. Some strong riders were missing at today’s field, but I’ve seen that I’ve got the strength to go on the attack, and feeling well gives me confidence for what’s to come."

The Dutchwoman now prepares to face the Tour of Flanders on the weekend. "People talk a lot about Sunday, but it was actually a big goal to be up there here for the team, to keep paying them back for the support," she explained.

"This will really help the whole squad ride with more confidence. Seeing how we’re racing, everyone in this team, I’m more and more proud to be a member of the Movistar Team. For the time being, let’s enjoy this win, take some rest and get my body back to ‘normal’ after altitude training, then we’ll start thinking about Sunday."




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