'Tour de France Femmes is alive' - Annemiek van Vleuten wants more events like Tour after 2022 success
Annemiek van Vleuten battled the rough surface, back onto the tarmac, and sailed across the line for a famous, important victory in yellow at the Tour de France Femmes. With 6km to go in the final stage, Van Vleuten moved clear of her rivals to seal the stage win. It cemented her victory in the general classification.
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Van Vleuten says it is a "milestone" moment in her career to win the first Tour de France Femmes and hopes the race will continue to grow.
‘Super proud’ – Van Vleuten hoping ‘milestone’ Tour de France Femmes heralds more
"It was not an easy stage or week," she said in her post-race interview.
"It's been a super, big rollercoaster and even today it wasn't easy. Finishing here in yellow solo is the best way.
"I'm super proud to be the first winner of the Tour de France for the women. To have it back on the calendar and then again the first woman to win it in this new version. I hope it's a big start for more and I hope it can build to a bigger event.
"It's a milestone to win this first version of this and hopefully we will have way more events like this.
"Now it all can sink in and finally we can really enjoy it. Yesterday, was an unbelievable day but I still want to keep the focus, I didn't want to celebrate already.
"I can finally have only ice cream and pizza tonight and celebrate.
"Sometimes with my team-mates we do not take enough time to celebrate. Tonight I can celebrate without thinking about tomorrow."
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