Annemiek van Vleuten: It is very special for me to win two-times in a row
Jul 25 2020 09:40 pm CET

Annemiek van Vleuten: It is very special for me to win two-times in a row
Annemiek van Vleuten: It is very special for me to win two-times in a row
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleuten has taken her second victory in a row in the restart of the season at the Clasica Navarra.

One day after winning the Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa, the World Champion also took the win at the Clasica Navarra. The Dutchwoman followed the move of Trek-Segafredo's Elisa Longo-Borghini and the two of them rode together for most of the stage, but a change of pace of Van Vleuten allowed her to cross the finish line by herself.

"I didn't expect to win, it is very special for me to win two-times in a row," the World Champion commented. "I can't almost remember winning two-times in a row so it is a very special day for me. It was hard but I know when I feel my legs, and they hurt I have to think differently and know this is the moment to attack. I thought today's course would suit different girls compared to yesterday, it was a bit punchier and I was thinking for me it was better to have the long climbs. Alejandro Gonzales, my director, was talking about the Cote de La Redoute climb from last year, that gave me goosebumps and that was really good coaching from him. Remebering last year on La Redoute, I just went from the bottom, didn't look back, committed and at the top there was nobody there, then I picked up Elisa (Longo-Borghini) about half-way up.

"At the moment when Elisa had a mechanical, we had around one and a half minutes, I was thinking should I stop or is it better to continue with a solid pace and hopefully she could come back. When I saw her coming, I waited for her, and I was really happy we could ride together. That is not the way to drop someone or the way that you want to win. It felt like fair play, and I am happy she came back."

"Today was really good also to see all my teammates were there, we had a full lead-out into climbs, all together, protecting each other and that is also really good for the motivation if you ride together. It was really happy to see Lucy Kennedy was better and better with her positioning and also Moniek Tenniglo was really strong today. That makes me really proud."

This is the third win for Van Vleuten in three races so far in the 2020 season.




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