Annemiek van Vleuten corrects crooked situation in crazy fi …


Anyone other than Annemiek van Vleuten (37) has succeeded herself as the winner of the Strade Bianche. The world champion closed a gap of more than three minutes in the last thirty kilometers on the 36-year-old Mavi Garcia-Canellas. For Van Vleuten, it was the fifth victory in five games in 2020.

The Spanish ex-duatlete drove a fantastic race and seemed to surprise for a long time. She slipped into the first major breakaway and decided to opt for the solo at 45 kilometers. The Spanish seemed on the way to victory for a long time. After all, the peloton of the favorites let go, with the Dutch top favorites of Vleuten and Van der Breggen. “I thought for a moment that the race was over,” said van Vleuten afterwards. “My teammate Spratt was in the leading group, it seemed to be a quiet day for me. Until Mavi Garcia drove away in the front and I was suddenly allowed to work full. The harder the race, the better for me. And this is the most beautiful arrival imaginable. ”

On the penultimate gravel strip, the Dutch world champion fully opened the throttle and in no time drove the gap on the Spanish leader, on and over the pursuers. The gap was closed seven kilometers from the finish.

Mavi Garcia, already second behind Van Vleuten in Spain last week, immediately knew what time it was. Van Vleuten tolerated the Spanish up to the foot of the final climb in her neighborhood, but drove irresistibly away from her last competitor in the final kilometer.

Mavi Garcia secured her second place, third place went to the American Leah Thomas.


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