Tour of Flanders - Annemiek van Vleuten: It’s been so many years seeking for another victory here
Apr 05 2021 04:20 am CET

Tour of Flanders - Annemiek van Vleuten: It’s been so many years seeking for another victory here
Tour of Flanders - Annemiek van Vleuten: It’s been so many years seeking for another victory here
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten (c)Photo Gomez Sport / Movistar Team

Movistar's Annemiek van Vleuten has taken the victory of the Tour of Flanders, the first for the Spanish squad in more than four decades.

The European champion launched two strong attacks with 45 kilometres to go and managed to split the peloton. The Dutchwoman made her decisive move at the foot of the Paterberg -the last climb of the day- and by the time she arrived to the top she already had an advantage with the chasers that they couldn't make up for in the last kilometres, which allowed her to cross the finish line by herself.

"I still can’t believe it," said Van Vleuten. "It’s been so many years seeking for another victory here, and today it finally happened. I was always super prepared heading into this race, but I always came on the verge of success. Our strategy for today was never letting other teams use their strength in numbers against us.

"That’s why we started working early and that’s why I tried from so far away from the finish. I wanted to just go on the Kanarieberg, but there was a headwind and that made it difficult to open any gaps. However, I feel like that attack took its toll on the group and made things more difficult for everybody, which suited me well."

Her strong move at the Paterberg gave her the second victory in the race of her career at the first for the women's formation of Movistar. "At the Paterberg, I knew there were no second chances left, and I had to enter first, exit first," she explained. "After that attack, it was just doing my maximum and counting the kilometres down. I was so tired, but I could just go ‘full gas’ until the finish. It wasn’t easy at all, but we finally got it again.

"It’s a really special day for the Movistar Team, which had never won a classic like that, and it’s really beautiful to live these moments with them. Thanks to the whole team, for their fantastic job once again; they all played a part in this success. Also, to Telefónica and our sponsors, and everybody who loves and supports us."


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