Annemiek van Vleuten rides third fastest final 25km of Strade Bianche 2020 for both men and women

Only Wout van Aert and Brent Bookwalter posted quicker times, as the world champion put in a magnificent ride to defend her title

Wout van Aert and Annemiek van Vleuten (Getty)

Annemiek van Vleuten rode the third-fastest final 25km of Strade Bianche 2020 out of both the men's and women's peloton at the weekend.

The world champion said at one point she thought her race was over, as she found herself behind the main chase group of favourites, hunting down Mavi Garcia (Alé-BTC Ljubljana) who had escaped up the road.

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