Van Vleuten extends the streak and conquers European gold

The Dutchwoman was the fastest in the final sprint that decided the race. After her global success in 2019, she is now also a continental champion.


Annemiek van Vleuten's drunken success continues to grow. The best runner in the world today does not tire of devouring records and this Thursday she crossed out another new conquest from her list. The Dutchwoman shone last year in the World Cups, being the current carrier of the rainbow jersey, but the Europeans still resisted her. Something that Van Vleuten solved today in Plouay (France) proclaiming herself the European champion in the road event, thanks to a brilliant race management and one of her best weapons: sprinting speed.

The test, consisting of a total of 109 kilometers in a circuit through the streets of the French town, initially tested the resistance of the runners, who practically reached the goal one by one. The power displayed by the Netherlands team was overwhelming, with up to four of their riders finishing in the top-10.

After a succession of attacks and counterattacks, four were the women who fought for the medal in the closing stages: Elisa Longo, Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Van Vleuten herself. In the final sprint, no one could with the power of the Dutch, who took the gold ahead of the Italian Longo and the Polish Niewiadoma, who closed the podium 5 seconds behind their predecessors. For their part, the best Spanish tricks were left behind in the fight for the medals: Ane Santesteban was 24th and Mavi García, current national champion, 41st. Van Vleuten rounds off a sensational 2020, where he has conquered six of the eight races in which he has participated. Europe crowns its queen.

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