The Netherlands unveils selection for Tokyo 2020 women events aiming for third gold in a row
May 12 2021 08:20 am CET

The Netherlands unveils selection for Tokyo 2020 women events aiming for third gold in a row
The Netherlands unveils selection for Tokyo 2020 women events aiming for third gold in a row
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The Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) has unveiled the selection for the Olympic Games for the Tokyo 2020 in the women road cycling events.

The National Coach of the Netherlands Loes Gunnewijk has announced the riders that will be competing for the road race and the time trial in the upcoming Olympics. For the road race World champion Anna van der Breggen will be at the start line along with Annemiek van Vleuten, Demi Vollering and Marianne Vos, while Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten will be at the time trial.

The coach has high expectations as the country has already seized gold on the road race in the past two Olympics, Marianne Vos in London 2012 and Van der Breggen in Rio 2016. "That is our emphatic common goal," said Gunnewijk. "We have a very strong group of cyclists at our disposal from which we could select three full-fledged Olympic teams. That is really a luxury position. Ultimately, the chosen team is prepared for all scenarios. A very difficult course awaits the riders with 2800 vertical meters and high humidity.

"We are one of the favourites, but we are used to that and the riders can handle it very well. It remains a sport, there are no guarantees in advance. All the pieces of the puzzle must fall together that day, but we leave with one goal: that is gold and a third consecutive title. In the time trial we also have a chance for the highest possible result with two of the best time trial women in the world. So we are going to Tokyo with great ambition."





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