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Van Vleuten confirms her plans to target the individual pursuit at track world championships

by Aliya Traficante, Ella Intern

A 1-2 victory for the Dutch with Van Vleuten for the win, Van der Breggen in second, and Katrin Garfoot (Australia) in third.

World champion Annemiek Van Vleuten announced on Thursday her plans to target the Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, March 3rd. Shortly after her gold medal win in Bergen, Van Vleuten first expressed interest in taking on the event, but decided to take a step-by-step approach – she wanted to ensure she’d have a reasonable shot at another World tile.

“My ambitions are high. If I think a world title is not possible, I will not try for the World Championships next year,” van Vleuten stated last month in press release by Orica Greenedge.

Van Vleuten rode to fourth place in her first race on the track, European Championships in Berlin. However being a step off the podium meant she was not up to par with her goals. That changed once her next milestone rolled around: the World Cup in Poland. Van Vleuten placed second and confirmed to herself that she had a shot at World Championships.

Although her progress is swift, Van Vleuten still understands she still has a long road ahead. “I realise that it might be difficult to qualify for the finals,” she said in Tweet released by her team. “Physically I am capable but technically I am less experienced than these girls.”