Annemiek Van Vleuten

The 2016 Ella Awards: celebrating the best of the season

Thanks to a later than usual world championships, us cycling fans got to enjoy a few extra weeks of racing, but for the riders it’s been a long and taxing season, and now that a new world champion has been crowned, the season has finally come to a close. But what a season it was! From …

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One month after Rio crash, Annemiek van Vleuten returns to racing with dominance

UPDATE: With a speed of almost 49km/h, Annemiek van Vleuten (racing for the Netherlands) won the 4-kilometre Prologue of the Lotto Belgium Tour on Tuesday, her first race back since her scary Rio crash a month ago. She remained in the mix for the following two stages and then, on the final day of the …

Losing gold: Annemiek van Vleuten’s first TV interview since Olympics crash

Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten, whose crash in the Olympic road race shocked viewers worldwide, has been released from the hospital and today, four days after the crash, made her first appearance on Dutch television. With a bruised face and a quivering voice, she bravely spoke to NOS about Sunday’s race, which saw her career-best performance turn …

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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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Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race

“I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine.” These are the first public words from Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten after her horrific crash in the women’s Olympic road race yesterday. Her short Twitter statement brings a big relief to the tens of thousands of people who feared the …

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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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Orica-AIS and Cervélo-Bigla on skipping WordTour events in pursuit of Olympic success

When the 24 teams for the 2016 Giro Rosa were announced on May 12, one team that was surprisingly missing in that line-up was Orica-AIS. It isn’t the only race where the Australian team has been absent this year, having skipped the past three UCI Women’s WorldTour events in China and the United States. In the …

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Photo gallery: Kasia Niewiadoma delivers Rabo-Liv its sixth Elsy Jacobs win

Rabo-Liv went into the Festival Elsy Jacobs as the team to beat, with five GC wins within the team over the last five years. Marianne Vos won this Luxembourg race in 2011, ’12 and ’13, while  Anna van der Breggen was victorious in 2014 and ’15. Although Marianne Vos started out really strong by finishing 2nd in the …

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Ella Picks: Women’s cycling content we loved this week

In this week’s internet roundup we have some heavily discussed topics like Abu Dhabi and the inaugural UCI gala; we introduce you junior Georgia Mansfield, WeLoveCycling’s new documentary and the nonprofit GearingUp. We side with Total Women’s Cycling in encouraging you to ride @forjenn and we have plenty of interesting reads in our shorts section. …

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