Annemiek Van Vleuten opens up about her weight loss challenges

'It's a 24-hour job' says the Dutch rider, who retires this weekend after a glittering career

Annemiek Van Vleuten wears the leader's jersey during the 2023 Tour of Scandinavia
(Image credit: Luc Claessen / Getty Images)

Annemiek Van Vleuten has opened up on her struggles with weight that have dogged her throughout her career, saying "it's one of the not so nice aspects of cycling".

She said that often having to feel hungry had been a challenge, although she added she had never "crossed the line" into destructive eating patterns.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.