‘Incredible’ Van der Breggen powers to rare double win at worlds

Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen on Saturday capped a stellar year by winning the women’s road race earth title right after declaring time-trial gold in Imola two days ago.

The reigning Olympic champion attacked 40km from the finish line, beating compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten and Italian Elisa Longo Borghini, in a photo-finish 1min 20sec powering the winner.

The 30-calendar year-outdated Dutchwoman turns into the first lady to obtain the double in the very same calendar year given that the French rider Jeannie Longo in 1995. 

“It really is extraordinary,” claimed van der Breggen subsequent her 3rd victory in a week immediately after the time-trial and the women’s Giro d’Italia last Saturday below the jersey of her new crew Boels-Dolmans.

“It was a seriously tricky race, we were being battling from the commencing. The climbs have been seriously tough. 

“In the fourth lap, I felt strong and I just went for it. 

“I never ever anticipated this. This time is quite superior for me so much.”

Van der Breggen dominated the race to reclaim the title she won in 2018 forward of final year’s winner van Vleuten, soon after the 143km run by way of the sunny hills of Romagna.

It was the fourth title in as quite a few decades for the Netherlands, the flagship state for women’s cycling.

– ‘Strange season’ –

The peloton still left the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola but was promptly minimize to 100 riders pursuing tricky climbs up Mazzolano and Cima Gallisterna.

Van der Breggen attacked on the steepest aspect of the next climb, creating up a lead of more than two minutes heading into the fifth and remaining lap.

She managed the situation as the pack stretched in a rapidly downhill back again to the end line at the Imola racetrack.

Van Vleuten, who was competing with a fractured remaining wrist which she damage just nine times in the past in the Giro d’Italia, narrowly edged Italian Longo Borghini, who again settled for bronze following 2012.

“It was almost certainly my last earth championships in which I experienced a probability to earn,” stated van der Breggen.

“It has been this sort of a odd season. There was not a lot time to get better between races.”

Considering the fact that successful the Dutch national title on August 22, van der Breggen, a experienced nurse right before turning expert in 2012, has been unstoppable.

She has been heading from toughness to energy profitable the European time-demo title, the Giro, capping her time with the planet double.

Defending champion van Vleuten could not believe that she was on the podium with a broken wrist.

“I am grateful to the medical practitioners who aided me defend my title,” mentioned the 37-yr-previous. 

“I did not really feel any pain but I was a little bit pressured in the dash.”

Dutch biking excellent Marianne Vos — a former Olympic and various world winner — hailed a “staff victory” irrespective of ending fourth, two minutes adrift of the winner.

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