Anna van der Breggen

Experience pays off in gold as Kristin Armstrong wins rainy Olympic time trial

“I want a third gold medal,” American Kristin Armstrong had told media on the eve of the 2016 Olympic time trial, and it was that will combined with the experience of a 13-year professional career that earned her a third straight Olympic gold medal in the race against the clock on Wednesday, a day before …

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Preview: What you need to know about the women’s time trial at the Rio Olympics

With the 2016 Olympic road races completed and written into the history books, it’s now time to turn our attention to the individual time trial held on Wednesday morning. All of the 24 female cyclists set to compete in the time trial also competed in the hard-fought road race on Sunday, meaning they had a …

Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten

A day after the Olympic road race, which saw her teammate and compatriot Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv, the Netherlands) take gold in a three-woman-sprint, Marianne Vos chases after fellow cyclists in the Olympic village, holding two orange papers in her hand. Vos had a bad night’s sleep on Sunday night, with the mixed emotions of Van der …

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Top five talking points from the women’s Olympic road race

With two Dutchies on staff, the women’s Olympic road race was an emotional rollercoaster for the Ella team as we watched Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS, the Netherlands) having the ride of her career before crashing horrifically, giving the race lead back to American Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) who then heartbreakingly got caught with just 200 metres …

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Anna van der Breggen takes Olympic gold in a nail-biter of a race

While the lead-up to the women’s Olympic road race was somewhat tainted by all the commotion surrounding the three missed doping tests of world champion and top favourite Lizzie Armitstead (Boels-Dolmans, GB), the race itself did not disappoint. The race culminated in a nail-biter of a second half that saw defending Olympic champion Marianne Vos ( Rabo-Liv, the Netherlands) …

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Giro Rosa Round-up: a last-minute stage win for Rabo-Liv and Megan Guarnier wins the Giro Rosa!

The final stage in the 2016 Giro Rosa today and a group of riders, none of them dangerous in the GC, were allowed to get away. Nine leaders escaped the peloton, among them Riejanne Markus (Liv-Plantur), the third time in a break this race, last year’s stage 6 winner Mayuko Hagiwara (Wiggle-High5) and Maria Giuli Confalonieri (Lensworld-Zannata), who …

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Giro Rosa Round-up: full Italian podium in stage 8 as Guarnier gets closer to her first Giro Rosa win

The penultimate stage in the Giro Rosa today! We’re not sure how the break of the day was formed, but we know there was one. Nine riders found each other 45 kilometers into the stage and reached the top of the GPM climb together: Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Wiggle-High5), Alena Amialiusik (Canyon-SRAM), Malgorzata Jasinska (Alé Cipollini), Lex Albrecht (BePink), Lauren Kitchen (Team …

Giro Rosa Round-up: another victory for the Americans as Stevens wins TT and Guarnier stays in pink

The scene looked familiar at the start of today’s individual time trial: Megan Guarnier (Boels-Dolmans) in the pink jersey while Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv) hoped her time trialing chops would diminish the time she had lost in the GC. Last year she succeeded, climbing into the Giro Rosa lead after a similar looking individual …

Giro Rosa Round-up: The battle among the Americans continues as Stevens wins and Guarnier is back in pink

The pink jersey changed hands yet again in stage 6 of the Giro Rosa, though it continues to be draped around the shoulders of Americans, who are dominating the tour. Today, Evelyn Stevens (Boels-Dolmans) took the stage win and her teammate Megan Guarnier is back in the Maglia Rosa. After yesterday’s brutal ascent of Montirolo in …

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Giro Rosa Round-up: Mara Abbott climbs into pink in the Queen’s stage

We were given a little bit more info throughout the stage today, which was exciting as two-time Giro Rosa winner Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5) showed her ambitions to get on top of the GC early in the stage, after she dropped to eighth yesterday. Today’s queen’s stage up the Mortirolo climb was predicted to be a battle …

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