Annemiek van Vleuten takes solo victory at Strade Bianche
Mar 09 2019 08:02 pm CET

Annemiek van Vleuten takes solo victory at Strade Bianche
Annemiek van Vleuten takes solo victory at Strade Bianche
Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleuten has taken the victory of Strade Bianche. The rider launched an attack with 11 kilometres to go and crossed the finish line solo.

The race was 136 kilometres long and included eight gravel sectors. The peloton stayed together for most of the course even if there were a few attacks by strong riders like Elena Cecchini (Canyon-SRAM) and Tayler Wiles (Trek-Segafredo).

With around 30 kilometres to go, a big group of around 30 riders managed to break away but the difficulties of the route made it smaller until only 11 remained at the 15-kilometre mark. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Chantal Blaak, Annemiek van Vleuten, Annika Langvad, Kasia Niewiadoma, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Marianne Vos, Janneke Ensing, Ruth Winder, Anna van der Breggen and Marta Bastianelli were the riders that formed the front group.

At around 11 kilometres to go, Van Vleuten changed the pace and left the others behind. In the chasers' group, Van der Breggen took the job of setting the pace for some kilometres and riders like Ensing and Niewiadoma tried to change the pace but the group came back together.

Van Vleuten crossed the finish line on her own 37 seconds ahead of Langvad. Niewiadoma, Bastianelli and Ludwig completed the top five of the day.

This is the second race of the Dutch rider in the 2019 season, which started at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Van Vleuten suffered a knee fracture last September at the road race of the World Championships and was expected to be out of competition for six months, but came back to training on the road earlier than expected last December.



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