Van Vleuten brings winning edge back to La Course

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the maglia rosa at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) will line up as the defending champion at La Course by Le Tour de France on Friday in Pau, less than a week after celebrating her second consecutive victory at the Giro Rosa last Sunday. "I felt super good during the Giro, and I'm super happy to be able to race La Course again, to be able to use my legs again," Van Vleuten said in a statement released by her team. Van Vleuten is the two-time defending champion of La Course. The first of two stages in 2017 ended atop the Col d'Izoard, and the second stage ended in Marseille, where Van Vleuten won both stages and the overall title. Last year, she won a thrilling one-day battle all the way to the finish line against current world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in Le Grande-Bornand. "I still get goosebumps if ...

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Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

Giro Rosa 2019: Dominant Annemiek van Vleuten retains title

George Smith 15 Jul 2019 Dutchwoman makes it two wins from two years in women’s most prestigious stage race After 10 gruelling stages across Northern Italy, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) became the first back-to-back winner of the Giro Rosa since 2012, adding the mountains jersey to her palmaires while retaining the race’s overall and points classifications that she won in 2018. Two-time winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) came second while Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-Scott) battled hard to join her teammate on the podium in third. Juliette Labous ( Team Sunweb ) came in 11th, 9 minutes 51 seconds down on the winner to claim the young rider’s classification. Former runner up Elisa Longo Borghini ( Trek-Segafredo ) took the fifth and final blue jersey as best Italian rider. The race opened in the north-west of Italy with an 18km team time-trial which was won comfortably by Canyon-Sram ahead ...

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Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten seals overall victory

Marianne Vos wins her fourth stage of the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) has successfully defended last year's victory at the Giro Rosa. Winning two consecutive stages along the way, the 36-year-old's 3:50 lead over Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) was never in danger on the final stage. "It is so cool to win again, especially as I felt even better than last year," said Van Vleuten after the podium ceremony. "It is a dream come true again. Last year was the first time, and now we did it again. It was a big goal of mine this year, to finish it off for the second time in a row is really special. The whole team was prepared, we reconn'ed stages, and we all worked so hard for this. You feel some pressure but then it’s even more special to finish it off. In a stage race you really need the team every day, and that makes the ...

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Annemiek van Vleuten's Giro Rosa-winning Scott Foil RC - Gallery

Annemiek van Vleuten's Scott Foil RC

Annemiek van Vleuten did it again: The Dutchwoman overcame a knee fracture from last year's UCI Road World Championships and found spectacular form in time to defend her title in the Giro Rosa Iccrea. Getty Images photographer Luc Claessen captured close-up photos of the Scott Foil RC that carried Van Vleuten to overall victory on the final stage. Van Vleuten made her move on stage 5 to Lago di Cancano, where she put a whopping three-minute gap into her rivals, then followed that win up with another in the individual time trial in Teglio, where she won by 52 seconds over Boels Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen. Scott honoured Van Vleuten's achievement with a fresh paint job for her Foil RC, giving bright pink accents to the logos on her frame to match the maglia rosa of the overall Giro Rosa winner. Click or swipe through the gallery to see ...

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Van Vleuten helps Spratt onto Giro Rosa podium on final mountain stage

Annemiek van Vleuten helped Mitchelton-Scott teammate Amanda Spratt to a podium spot on the GC on st

With a 4:11 lead on the GC after stage 8, Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) didn't really have to worry about her maglia rosa on the final mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday. Instead, the race leader lent a hand to her teammate Amanda Spratt . Spratt has been an excellent lieutenant for Van Vleuten throughout the race, reprising the role she had played in the 36-year-old's 2018 Giro Rosa victory. In recognition of her effort and that of the whole team, Mitchelton-Scott's tactic for stage 9 centred around getting Spratt from fifth place overall onto the GC podium. Spratt was seven seconds behind Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) in fourth place and 1:07 behind third-placed Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) before the stage. The steep finishing climb to Malga Montasio was ideal for the Australian climber, and Van Vleuten put the pressure on early. "I went with ...

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Giro Rosa stage 9: Van der Breggen denies van Vleuten in dying moments to take summit finish

Van der Breggen survives two attacks from van Vleuten to take stage win on tough summit finish. Read the full article at Giro Rosa stage 9: Van der Breggen denies van Vleuten in dying moments to take summit finish on VeloNews.com .

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Giro Rosa: Van der Breggen wins stage 9

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) wins the stage

Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ) won stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile on Saturday – a hard mountain-top finish at Malga Montasio. Race leader Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) had attacked to drop the road race world champion on the steepest part of the climb, but Van der Breggen came back to Van Vleuten in the final kilometre and passed the maglia rosa to win the stage. "We came here to win the Giro," said Van der Breggen after the finish. "Pretty early, it became clear that that wouldn't work, as Annemiek was really strong this week. But I've felt better and better as the race has gone on, so the only thing you can do is to try. I tried to win a stage, and am really happy that it worked." Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) and Van Vleuten's Mitchelton-Scott teammate Amanda Spratt finished the stage 1:38 ...

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Van Vleuten attacks to avoid danger at the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) in the maglia rosa at the Giro Rosa

The sight of Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) going on the attack over a mid-race climb and then sprinting for bonus seconds on stage 8 at the Giro d'Italia Femminile might have put a question mark in everyone's minds. After all, the maglia rosa has a nearly unassailable lead of more than four minutes with two stages to go over world champion Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans), who has already resigned to racing for second place . The eighth stage of the better known Giro Rosa was relatively flat and expected to be one of those days that the general classification favourites had to get through, and so not ideal for offensive moves. It is the next day's stage 9, with its mountaintop finish at Montasio, that will be much more critical for the overall classification. And yet the maglia rosa herself went on the attack, and with ...

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Giro Rosa: Banks wins stage 8 in Maniago

Elizabeth Banks and Leah Thomas go -12 for Bigla in stage 8 of the Giro Rosa

Elizabeth Banks ( Bigla ) won stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile in Maniago Friday. Part of a breakaway of ten riders that formed on the second climb of the day with 40km to go, Banks attacked in the final and held off the rest of the group to win solo. Her teammate Leah Thomas made it a 1-2 for Bigla by beating Soraya Paladin (Alé Cipollini) in the sprint for second place. "I think this won't sink in for quite a few days," said Banks after celebrating her first UCI victory. "I really can't quite believe it. The group wasn't working really well. We had to keep it rolling, and I was fully on the limit, but that’s the moment when you have to go. We were all tired. Leah was just killing herself to cover everything. I'm so excited, I love racing with her and the ...

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Giro Rosa: Marianne Vos wins stage 7

Marianne Vos takes the stage 7 win at Giro Rosa

Marianne Vos ( CCC-Liv ) won her third stage of this Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile - and her 24th overall. The Dutch veteran was fastest on the uphill finish of stage 7 in Fara Vicentino after a nervous hilly stage with lots of attacks. Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) finished second ahead of Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo). "I had to really dig deep today," said Vos after the stage. "It was a beautiful stage, hard from the beginning, with constant attacks in the final. I tried to cruise with some of them, and then on the last climb, I just tried to do the right things. I made the right move, and actually couldn't believe I had it." Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) continues to wear the maglia rosa but lost a few seconds to Van der Breggen who is now 4:08 minutes behind, with Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) in third ...

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Dominance displayed: Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa masterclass, in graphs

During this year’s Giro d’Italia, VeloClub member Cameron Harris pulled together some nifty visualisations that helped to illustrate the race in an interesting and engaging way. Now Cameron is back with similar coverage for both the Tour de France and the Giro Rosa. In this post we dive into Cameron’s visualisations from the 2019 Giro … The post Dominance displayed: Annemiek van Vleuten’s Giro Rosa masterclass, in graphs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Can anyone challenge Van Vleuten at the Giro Rosa?

Anna van der Breggen

Ahead of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile , many expected a head-to-head fight for the win between the two strongest riders in the women’s peloton – defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) and 2017 winner Anna van der Breggen ( Boels Dolmans ). Van der Breggen had consciously opted out of a defence at the 2018 edition to focus on mountain biking and preparation for the Innsbruck World Championships, where she lined up as the big favourite and duly won the road race. A few days earlier, Van Vleuten had won the individual time trial world title for the second time in her career. But like last year, Van Vleuten has so far been on a level of her own. After six of ten stages, the time gap to her nearest competitors is huge: Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), the previous race leader from the stage 1 team time trial, ...

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Giro Rosa: Van Vleuten wins stage 6 time trial

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) wins stage 6 uphill time trial at the Giro Rosa

Time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) lived up to her role as favourite for the stage 6 individual time trial at the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile . Having taken the overall lead with a solo victory on the previous stage, Van Vleuten extended her advantage by winning the 12.1-kilometre uphill time trial in 24:31 minutes, 52 seconds faster than Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) in second place. Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo) finished third, 1:48 minutes slower than Van Vleuten. In the general classification, Van Vleuten now enjoys an advantage of 4:17 minutes on Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), who held on to second place overall by less than a second to Van der Breggen. The time gap between first and second place is bigger than that between second and 14th. Warming down on the rollers after the stage, Van Vleuten said: "I worked so hard for this, ...

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Canyon-SRAM win Giro Rosa TTT

Canyon-SRAM power to victory

Canyon-SRAM conquered the difficult team time trial opening the Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile , the only team to cover the 18 kilometers in under 32 minutes. Katarzyna Niewiadoma led the way across the finish line to take the leader's jersey, ahead of teammates Hannah Barnes and Omer Shapira. The six-woman team of Alena Amialiusik, Niewiadoma, Barnes and Shapira finished in a time of 31:41, with Tiffany Cromwell and Alexis Ryan trailing in later. Bigla Pro Cycling was second, 24 seconds back at 32:04, with CCC-Liv third, at 32:26. "It is so beautiful to win a TTT! It’s a big effort from every single person on the team! I’m not talking only about riders, but also the staff! We did our best! We believed that we can achieve something special, stopped complaining, and voila we won the stage," Niewiadoma said. "I would like if I could say that I wasn’t suffering ...

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Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa

While the best riders in the men’s peloton are currently readying themselves for the Tour de France, the best in the women’s peloton are doing likewise for the Giro Rosa. The “Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile” is the biggest and most prestigious race on the Women’s WorldTour and it’s just around the corner. Ahead of the … The post Preview: 21 things you need to know about the 2019 Giro Rosa appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Van Vleuten smashes time trial to win Dutch title

WOrld champion Annemiek van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Team Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) smashed the individual time trial at the Dutch Championships on Wednesday, covering the 31.8km course in 39:14. She beat rivals Ellen van Dijk (Trek-Segafredo) by 1:35 and Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) by 1:49. Van Vleuten was the favourite to win the title as she is the reigning world champion in the event. She noted ahead of the race that she hoped to shine during the National Championships weekend in Ede, which is close to her her home. She has won the event on three previous occasions. "I'm always nervous before the start of a time trial, also today, but I think that's necessary because that shows that you care and that you're eager to win, because the only way to win a time trial is to suffer to the maximum," Van Vleuten said in a press release. "You have to suffer to ...

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Van Vleuten hoping to shine in home Dutch championships

Annemiek Van Vleuten celebrates her second consecutive time trial world title

World time trial champion Annemiek van Vleuten ( Mitchelton-Scott ) is aiming to add a fourth national time trial title in the Dutch Road Championships this weekend and has extra motivation because the event is being held close to her home in Wageningen. Van Vleuten will debut her rainbow jersey in the 31.8km women's race on Wednesday in Ede. The 36-year-old wrote on her personal website, "I think it's super nice to be able to ride this Dutch time trial in my own 'backyard' and also in my rainbow jersey. That will also be the first time this season because the Dutch Championship will be my first time trial of the year." "I have ridden the road that we are travelling on at least a hundred times. The course is not technical. We are actually racing back and forth on the same road," she added. Van Vleuten will head down ...

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Wiebes, Vos secure 1-2 for Netherlands at European Games

Lorena Wiebes wins European Games road race title, Marianne Vos second and Tatsiana Sharakova third

Lorena Wiebes continued her out-standing season winning the gold medal in the elite women's road race title at the European Games in Minsk. It was 1-2 for the Dutch as her teammate Marianne Vos placed second. Belarussian Tatsiana Sharakova was third. The European Games come around every four years and the last to win the title was Alena Amialiusik from Belarus ahead of Kasia Niewiadoma from Poland and Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands). This year's race hosted 72 riders from 26 nations. The race was 120km in the city of Minsk where the women completed 8 laps of a 15km circuit that included a cobbled climb. An early breakaway emerged to include Hannah Ludwig (Germany), Omer Shapira (Israel) and Hanna Tserakh (Belarus) but the move was brought back by the strong Dutch team. The field was back together for the last lap where Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) attacked on ...

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Women's Tour favourites: Our pick of the riders to watch

Maria David 7 Jun 2019 Our picks for the racers who could make their mark at the Ovo Energy Women’s Tour Scenic Suffolk will be the setting on Monday for the start of the 6th Ovo Energy Women’s Tour . The first stage will see the 96 competitors roll out for a 157.6km race from Beccles to finish with a sprint into Stowmarket. This year’s event has been lengthened to six stages and deemed to be the toughest edition yet, with riders covering 790km and climbing a total of 8,400m over the six days. Two of the stages will be around 160km, while other stages will be similar at 142km. There will be a 64km 'respite' for a circuit race at the Cyclopark, Gravesend, and the final stage will be a mere 125km, culminating in an unprecedented summit finish in Pembrey Country Park, Wales, a week on Saturday. This Women’s ...

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Teams announced for 2019 La Course by Le Tour de France

The La Course podium

Organisers of La Course by Le Tour de France , ASO, announced the teams that will be participating in the one-day puncheurs race on July 19 in Pau. Mitchelton-Scott won the race last year with Annemiek van Vleuten , and the team will return to compete for the prestigious title once again. There will be 15 teams with automatic invitations that also include Boels Dolmans, Canyon-SRAM, Bigla, Ale Cipollini, CCC-Liv, FDJ-Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope, Movistar, Park Hotel Valkenburg, Sunweb, Tibco-SVB, Virtu Cycling, Trek-Segafredo, Valcar Cylance and WNT-Rotor. There are also five teams that have earned wildcard invitations that include Astana, BTC City Ljubljana, Cogeas Mettler Look, Lotto Soudal Ladies and Rally UHC Cycling. There were conflicting dates for the one-day race this year as it was initially thought that the race would be held on July 23. However, ASO confirmed to Cyclingnews that it would be held on July 19 and the ...

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