ORICA-AIS re-sign Dutch time trial champion Annemiek Van Vleuten

Wed 5 Oct 2016

ORICA-AIS are pleased to announce the re-signing of 33-year-old Dutch time trial champion Annemiek Van Vleuten after her impressive first season with the team.

The former Tour of Flanders winner joined the Australian outfit at the start of 2016, instantly settling in to the team environment bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, having raced in Europe at the highest level for many years.

“We are very excited to have Annemiek back with us for 2017,” explained sport director Gene Bates. “From the start of this season Annemiek has fitted in perfectly with our team and culture.”

“She achieved great victories for ORICA-AIS this year at the Festival Elsy Jacobs, Auensteiner Radsportage and the national championship time trial, so we are very excited about what she can do in 2017.  

“Annemiek brings amazing energy, consistency, leadership and professionalism to our team and we couldn’t be more excited about starting the 2017 season with her.”

Van Vleuten has proven to be a key member of the Australian team, contributing to their success whilst pushing her own limits to continually improve.

“My first year with ORICA-AIS was a great experience,” explained Van Vleuten. “The professionalism and atmosphere in the team is something that suits my drive and motivation and the way I want to achieve my goals.”

“One of my best personal experiences this year was preparing for the Dutch national time trial with help of Pat Ryan our team mechanic. I won the 30kilometre event with an average speed of 48.2kilometres/hour. I never thought I would be able to ride so fast.”

Aside from winning races, the Dutch rider has displayed on many occasions that she is a valuable team player and selflessly works for her teammates.

“When Gracie Elvin won Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, it was one of my best team experiences,” Van Vleuten continued. “We were in control all day and I enjoyed every minute of the race together with the team.”   

“I was so proud when Gracie finished it off after all our super teamwork and I hope we will rock like that next year from the start of the classic season. 

Van Vleuten, who rocked the world with a high-speed crash whilst leading the road race at the Rio Olympic Games, revealed how much she has learnt about herself in the last 12 months resulting in a change of goals for 2017.

“The experience I had at the Rio Olympic Games made me think again about my goals for 2017. I never thought I would be able to follow the best climbers uphill and even drop them,” Van Vleuten revealed. 

"At 33-years of age I realised I have talents that I was not aware of. Therefore, next season with ORICA-AIS I will focus more on uphill races and time trialing.

"I am very happy we will continue to use Scott bikes next year, their time trial bike is really fast and I have great support from the team with my preparations for time trials events."

Annemiek Van Vleuten

Date of Birth: 8 October 1982 (33)

Nationality: Dutch

Place of birth: Vleuten, the Netherlands

2016 results:

-       1st Festival Luxembourgeois du cyclisme féminin Elsy Jacobs - Prologue

-       1st Auensteiner-Radsporttage - Stage 2a

 -       1st Lotto Belgium Tour - General Classification, Prologue, Stage 3
-       2nd Boels-Rental Hills Classics

 -       2nd Energiewacht Tour - General Classification

-       2nd Energiewacht Tour - Stage 4b

-       2nd Internationale Thuringen Rundfahrt der Frauen - Stage 4

Other Results:

-       Three-time Giro d'Italia Internazionale Femminile stage winner (’14 and ’15)

-       Classics victories at 2011 Tour of Flanders, GP de Plouay-Bretagne & Open de Suède Vargarda

-       Tour wins at Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour (’14) and Route de France (’10)

-       Former Dutch time trial (’14) and road race (’12) champion

-       Overall 2011 World Cup winner