Cyclist's 31 Inspirational Women No3: Annemiek Van Vleuten

Cyclist's 31 Inspirational Women No3: Annemiek van Vleuten

Maria David Sponsored 3 Mar 2021 The top-ranked rider on the UCI Women’s WorldTour in 2020 has some big goals for 2021 To celebrate International Women's Month, we have partnered with Zwift to tell the stories of 31 inspirational women across 31 days Words : Maria David Photography : Chris Blott For most of the general population, Annemiek van Vleuten came to prominence during the 2016 Olympics in Rio when we gasped in horror as we watched the Dutch rider tumble head-first over her handlebars to lie motionless on the ground after misjudging a downhill right-hand bend while leading the Women’s Road Race. Fortunately, Annemiek’s injuries did not prove to be life-changing, though she did suffer severe concussion and three fractured vertebrae. What was truly impressive, however, was how Annemiek got back on her bike and won the Belgium Tour less than five weeks after her accident. Many described this ...

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