Anna van der Breggen after 4th Fleche Wallonne victory: It’s not comparable to any other race
Apr 18 2018 09:47 pm CET

Anna van der Breggen after 4th Fleche Wallonne victory: It’s not comparable to any other race
Anna van der Breggen after 4th Fleche Wallonne victory: It’s not comparable to any other race
Photo of Anna van der Breggen by Boels Dolmans

With her victory at the Fleche Wallonne, Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) took back the lead of the UCI Women's WorldTour and became the first rider to win the race four times in a row.

Teammate Megan Guarnier was in the breakaway and then helped the rider to face the last kilometres of the race. "The tactics started earlier this year because of the altered course, that's why this group got away," van der Breggen commented. "It was really good to have Megan there. It was a good situation for us, we didn’t do anything in the back and Megan tried to save energy in the break. I hoped the group would stick."

Guarnier had enough energy to finish on the podium next to the Olympic champion. "Megan had already done some 30 kilometres up front and you know that's already in her legs," the rider explained. "So she did a great job to finish third. When Ashleigh (Moolman) accelerated, she appeared very strong today. I tried to follow her and hoped I had something left in the final sprint."

Despite taking her fourth victory in the race, van der Breggen confessed that it was not her favourite competition. "I always hated this race (laughs), because the Mur is not nice to do, I mean it's really hard," she said.

"But in fact, I started to love it more and more. It's a hard race and it's painful, but I try to enjoy it more and see the good things of it. And it makes a good race, it’s exciting. Especially how they made the circuit this year, it’s really beautiful. It’s not comparable to any other race."

The rider also wanted to dedicate a few words to Boels-Dolmans' mechanic Richard Steege, who suffered a heart attack on Monday morning and woke up from an induced coma just before the start of the race. "It has been a difficult week for us and we hope that everything will be alright," she affirmed.

"Richard is with us at every race and does everything for us. This victory is for him."




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