Van Vleuten storms to a consecutive national time trial victoryWed 21 Jun 2017
Annemiek van Vleuten produced a phenomenal ride at the Dutch individual time trial championships today to successfully defend her 2016 title in the event.
As the final rider to start wearing the number one, Van Vleuten rolled down the ramp well prepared for the effort ahead and quickly showed she was on the mark passing the first intermediate time check with the fastest time.
The 34-year-old ORICA-SCOTT rider completed the 25.2kilometre distance with a time of 32minutes 44seconds to take the victory and retain her national stripes by four seconds over second place Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb).
Van Vleuten was overjoyed with her third win in the national event after today’s impressive average speed of 46.3kilometre/per hour over the lumpy course.
“I actually felt better last year so I didn’t think I was having a super day,” said van Vleuten. "It was heavy and I had to go deep, but the reward is fantastic."
“At the first time check I was already 15seconds faster than Van Dijk and 10seconds faster than Van der Breggen. I went out really fast and after that I started to believe it was possible.
"I have been working really hard on my time trial position and doing a lot of time trial training at altitude. I knew it would be really hard and close with the times at the end and I couldn’t believe that I had won so I am really, really happy."
Having tough competition in former time trial world champion Van Dijk and Olympic road race champion van der Breggen, van Vleuten knew it would be a tough task but was able to produce a performance required on the day to win once again.
"You must be very good in the Netherlands if you want to be a champion with the competition of Ellen van Dijk and Anna van der Breggen," van Vleuten continued. "Last year I was maybe a little stronger when I looked at the wattages, but this title certainly tells me so much."
"It was great to have some support from the team with Pat Ryan here helping me out and I think that really helped me to go for the title."
Van Vleuten is back in action later this week for the Dutch national road race on Saturday 24th June.
Dutch national time trial championship results:
1. Annemiek van Vleuten (ORICA-SCOTT) 32:44
2. Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb) +0:04
3. Anna van der Breggen (Boels-Dolmans) +0:26