Annemiek van Vleuten becomes first rider to win Strade Bianche twice in a row
Dutchwomen Annemiek van Vleuten continued her impressive start to the resumption of the cycling season as she won Strade Bianche on Saturday.
Annemiek Van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Team Mitchelton Scott / Team Presentation / during the Eroica - 6th Strade Bianche 2020, Women Elite a 136km race from Siena to Siena - Piazza del Campo / #StradeBianche / on August 01, 2020 in Siena, Italy.
With 7km to go Garcia was caught by the imperious Van Vleuten, who then dropped her rival and rode out for the win, following up on her victory in the same race last season. Michal Kwiatkowski and Fabian Cancellara have won the men's race on multiple occasions but not back-to-back.
'This rider can do no wrong' - Van Vleuten seals Strade Bianche win
The victory is Van Vleuten’s fourth since the re-start and the road world champion has picked up where she left off before the season was suspended.
"Usually I try to think opposite. Everything that is hard for me is good for me. I love the heat, it's good for me. We knew there would be possibilities for attacks and Amanda Spratt did a really good job," Van Vleuten said afterwards.
“So many emotions today. I thought I came here for nothing because, for my team-mate was doing well, but for myself I cannot make my own attack. Suddenly, the girls were away and Mavi Garcia, a really strong rider, which was beautiful for the race, and I had to go full-in that attack.
"There were a lot of emotions. The Piazza del Campo is the most beautiful finish for me to win. A lot of emotions.”
Van Vleuten didn't come to Strade Bianche expecting to win