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Orange top! Really Anna van der Breggen is the new world champion after failing solo

The Netherlands Anna van der Breggen is the new world champion on the road in the women’s elite. She was together with her compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten the topfavoriete and Orange tackled those expectations all the way. In the final took care Of Vleuten for the selection to which her compatriot/unsecured Van der Breggen impressive took over and won after an impressive solo of 40 km. The 28-year-old is the reigning olympic champion, but picked up her first world CHAMPIONSHIP gold, and follows on the hall of fame, Chantal Blaak, also a Dutch. The Belgian girls played today no role of importance, with a 28th place as best result.

The women made it a hard contest. An early breakaway was on the first of the climb is immediately negated. That climb created a real havoc and immediately had the Belgian women in the role solve. The Dutch topfavoriete Annemiek van Vleuten crashed but could not much further.

On the flat part we got a group together but when screwing in the local laps, shook the American Coryn Rivera of the tree and it was finally over and out for the Belgians.

The former winner of the Tour of Flanders was at 50 kilometers from the finish bijgebeend by the Dutch Ellen Van Dijk, the Italian Elena Pirrone, the Australian Amanda Spratt, the Swedish Emilia Fahlin, and the Polish Malgorzata Jasinska.

Dutch duel

In the elitegroepje had the Netherlands, so a pawn on board. Orange seemed to have everything under control, to Van Dijk, somewhat surprisingly, the role had to solve. And so it had to be the rifle of shoulder to be changed.

Lucinda Fire smoke as the first the danger and wipte away from the background but only when topfavoriete Annemiek van Vleuten wegsprong from the chasing group, went all the alarm bells off. They ranselde the group from each other, but when they take a deep breath had to come from that effort, took her fellow (read: while his teammate but also unsecured) , Anna van der Breggen the passing of the torch. Like a rocket she went off.

Anna van der Breggen quickly came to the five leaders, and went straight into full by. Only Rivera and Spratt could initially their trolley aanpikken but also they were a little later, without pardon from the wheels driven.

Forty kilometres began Van der Breggen on a daring solo. Amanda Spratt stribbelde still the longest, but lost more and more ground. The Dutch band the party could early bets:

Van der Breggen versaagde not, and drove straight only to the finish, the Australian Spratt followed more than three minutes (!) but loved only the chasers off and took a handsome silver. The Italian Tatiana Guderzo accelerated on the last climb and took the bronze. Guderzo was 2009 world champion in the Swiss Mendrisio for Marianne Vos.

Sofie De Vuyst is the first Belgian

Annemiek van Vleuten rode along with Amy Pieters still get away from the peloton and bolde as the seventh jubilant over the measure. Sofie De Vuyst became the first Belgian on the 28th place in a group with Julie van de Velde on eight minutes. What a difference!

Finally gold in real boerenjaar

It is the first world CHAMPIONSHIP gold for the olympic champion, who earlier this year was in the classics with victories in Strade Bianche, Tour of Flanders, Flèche wallonne and liège-Bastogne-Liège. Van der Breggen won in 2015 in the U.s. Richmond is already silver and also in 2012 (fifth), 2013 (fourth) 2017 (eighth) finished in the top ten. Annemiek van Vleuten was Tuesday in Austria for the second year in a row, world champion time trial by… Of these products.

For the world cup was in the Netherlands, there is a lot to do about the fight between Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten. Mid-July was Van der Breggen in La Course a few metres before the finish in Le Grand-Bornand is still overtaken by Van Vleuten, and then months at a stretch was speculation about a potential fight between the two teammates. One of the two had gold packs, otherwise it was the fence of the dam. And it came to pass, and the eleventh Dutch gold at a world CHAMPIONSHIP in the women – a record – is a fact.


1. Anna van der Breggen

2. Amanda Spratt + 3’42”

3. Tatiana Guderzo + 5’30”

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