Van Vleuten gives Movistar the first victory of the year

The Dutch, star signing of the women's team for this season, achieved her first triumph with Movistar after winning the classic Through Flanders.


Annemiek Van Vleuten achieved her first win with Movistar. The 37-year-old Dutchwoman and star signing of the women's squad for this season, managed to raise her arms in the Belgian classic Through Flanders after beating the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma, from Canyon in the sprint. Both left behind the main group 30 kilometers from the finish line to play the victory. On arrival, Van Vleuten jumped 300 meters from Waregem's goal and, after 122 km of testing, the Pole was unable to pass the reigning European champion.

For Van Vleuten, this was the third day of competition of the season in his debut with the Navarrese team. He was 21st in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, also in Belgian lands; He stroked the podium at the Italian Strade Bianche (4th) and victory came in third. "Races like today and like the ones we have seen these weeks give me a lot of confidence in the strength we can have together," said the Dutch. A historic triumph for Movistar, which had never achieved such a success in such a prestigious test on Belgian cobblestones. The podium was completed by American Alexis Ryan, also from Canyon.

The race could not be contested last season due to the pandemic, and in the last two editions Ellen van Dijk, also from the Netherlands, won, who this time was ninth. For Movistar it was a triumph with a special dedication for Gary Baños, an illustrious team assistant, especially for the female team, who lost his life last February in an accident in the mountains. This season, the Danish Emma Norsgaard cherished the victory for the team, but she finished four times in second position.

At the end of 2020, Pablo Lastras, assigned mainly to the women's squad of the team, highlighted to AS the illusion they had for this campaign, especially with the arrival of Van Vleuten, a veteran runner but still with victories in her legs. This Wednesday he got the first of the team, since the male has not yet released his locker in 2021.

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