Gold double

The Dutch, champion on Thursday in the time trial, prevailed with enormous authority in the road event. Van Vleuten was silver, and the Italian Longo, bronze. Mavi García, 18th.


Anna van der Breggen completed her gold double this Saturday at the Imola World Championship road event. Although the title won on Thursday in the time trial was not so clear (decided by the unfortunate fall of Chloe Dygert), the 30-year-old Dutch did not give her rivals a choice in the long distance this Saturday, where she prevailed with enormous authority with the same tyranny that he has been deploying throughout the season (he had just won the Giro). The Boels Dolmans rider will not remove the rainbow jersey throughout the season, as she will wear it in both disciplines, a milestone that had not been seen for 15 years, when Jeannie Longo achieved it in Duitama (Colombia) .

It is his second gold in the long-distance test (he also achieved it in 2018) and the confirmation that no one coughs him in the current scenario in a race in which the Spanish tried (Mavi García fled and finished 18th). The also Dutch and former champion Van Vleuten, hesitates until the last minute due to a wrist injury that forced her to wear a cumbersome bandage, took silver in a tense duel with the Italian Longo, who won bronze and the second medal for Italy in Imola.

The first movement of the day arrived before the equator, with the Spanish Mavi García very attentive when a quality break was formed together with the Dutch Pieters, the German Brennauer, the American Wiles, the British Barnes, the French Labous, the Canadian Jackson and Majerus from Luxembourg. A flight that was interested in making way for all the teams involved except the Dutch, at least that sensation gave since his team also commanded the chase, aware that he had his best cyclists behind.

The turn of these came on the penultimate climb to Gallisterna, with more than 40 km ahead. The first ramps were for Marianne Vos, although the one who launched the race was the Dutch Annemiek Van Vleuten, defender of the title, still with the bandages on her wrist due to the hard fall of the Giro that put her participation in doubt. Such was the control of the oranges that many times it seems that the competition is between them ... and thus came Van der Breggen's ax, which he crowned alone.The first to react were the Italian Longo, the Danish Ludwig and soon the British Deignan arrived, who formed the pursuit under the supervision of Van Vleuten, who did seem to understand here that he could not give a relief to the strength shown by his companion. This intermediate group did not make a long way, absorbed by the rest of the favorites, where Mavi García marched after their adventure and Ane Santesteban, the two strengths of the Spanish.With no need for the Netherlands, it was Italy that was forced to go for Van der Breggen, although they never cut him too short to make the champion nervous, launched for the gold double. Only silver remained to be decided and it was resolved again in the last pass through Gallisterna, where the Italian Longo made a strong start and only Van Vleuten could follow his wheel. Both were measured in a tense sprint that Van Vleuten took, despite a dangerous maneuver by Longo, who had to settle for bronze.


15van der BREGGEN Anna (Netherlands) 4: 09: 5721van VLEUTEN Annemiek (Netherlands) +1: 20312LONGO BORGHINI Elisa (Italy) +1: 2048VOS Marianne (Netherlands) +2: 01521LIPPERT Liane (Germany) +2: 01646DEIGNAN Elizabeth (Great Britain) +2: 01752NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna (Poland) +2: 01841LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup (Denmark) +2: 41916BRENNAUER Lisa (Germany) +3: 0810117REUSSER Marlen (Switzerland) +3: 081134STEPHENS Lauren (USA) +3: 08124van den BROEK-BLAAK Chantal (Netherlands) +3: 081367CORDON RAGOT Audrey (France) +3: 081477BUJAK Eugenia (Slovenia) +3: 081572FISHER-BLACK Niamh (N. Zealand) +3: 0816111LELEIVYTE Rasa (Lithuania) +3: 081779PINTAR Urska (Slovenia) +3: 081856GARCIA CANELLAS Margarita Victo (Spain) +3: 08

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