In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Küng wins weather-shortened, brutal Romandie stage; Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen reigns in new team colours; Froome questions Trek-Segafredo tactics at Romandie; New Energy Tour cancelled; Fourth round of UCI Nations Cup cancelled; Dwars door het Hageland adds cobbles, dirt to 2017 edition; Women’s teams for Colorado Classic; Eulogy for Steve Tilford; Cyclist says new Trans Canada route too dangerous; Man attacks mountain bikers with pole, chases them with chainsaw; Local Irish council installs signage marking Strava segments; Video: 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships teaser; Video: What did you call me?; Video: Cyclists come to the rescue.
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To time peak fitness at the opportune moment is a science and an art that most athletes strive to perfect throughout their entire careers, with some hits and many misses along the way. Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen, however, seems to have it mastered. Here is an excerpt from the feature in which the Boels-Dolmans rider discusses racing this season as both the European and Olympic road race champion.
Finding her form just in time, Van der Breggen kicked off the Ardennes Week with an impressive solo victory, crossing the line a full 55 seconds ahead of teammate Lizzie Deignan, Kasia Niewiadoma (WM3 Pro Cycling) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott).
As the week continued so did the déjà vu moments as it wasn’t just that Van der Breggen kept winning, but it was also the way she did it. The scenario of Van der Breggen and Deignan making the winning break, and Van der Breggen then making a solo effort to the finish played out in Boels-Dolmans’ favor an unprecedented three times in a row.
“I really wanted to show what I can do there … I was aiming to be good this week, but I never expected something like this,” said Van der Breggen after going three-for-three. It was an important week. I hoped to win one of [the classic] … but to win three of them. Wow!”
By winning the triple crown, Van der Breggen joins an elite few riders to have accomplished this feat. Only Philippe Gilbert and Davide Rebellion have done the same.
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