Annemike van Vleuten is everything in women’s professional cycling. She is one of those athletes who puts the bullet where she puts her eye and there is currently, especially when the mountain arrives, no runner to overshadow her. Looking back and to the past, she only remembers, among very few, Joanne Somarriba with that strength in the summits that the Dutch cyclist now has, the one that this Sunday gave Movistar, her team, with victory in the reborn, mediatic and followed Tour Femmes, an immense loudspeaker for women’s sport.
It doesn’t matter that he has problems with his bike, that he has to change vehicles several times due to a breakdown, that each time he had to get hot to link up with the peloton, because when the road went into ascent mode, already on the Superplanche des Belles filles, Van Vleuten turned the Tour upside down to go solo to fame, glory, the second victory and close the test with a victory in the last stage, after having destroyed the race the day before in the Vosgesthe mountain range that has defined the general.
Movistar stuck out his chest when in the year 2000 announced the addition to its ranks of the best cyclist in the world, who, without being able to save the disappointment this season of the men’s team, has placed the Spanish telephone brand in the panorama of the international cycling concert.
Van Vleutenon his way to 40 years and a 2023 to say goodbye, always at Movistar, which pays him a male star salary, he has won everything and if he does not have even better track record, especially in the Games It is due to an accident and an incredible mistake.
The fall in Rio 2016
In 2016 and in Rio, the Van Vleuten accident, on the way to gold, caused chills throughout the world. He lost control of the bike, when he fell he hit his head and was unconscious before the emergency services could arrive. And last year the gold escaped him because his team did not control the escape of the Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer and even Van Vleuten he raised his arms thinking he had a gold instead of a silver medal.
The last victory was scored in an eighth stage marked by the escape of a group that was always led by Mavi García, the last runner who captured Van Vleuten.