Annemiek van Vleuten says 'winning is not normal...and not easy' after Strade Bianche victory

The world champion put in another memorable performance as she defended her Strade Bianche title, with the knowledge any race could be the last of the season at the front of her mind

Annemiek van Vleuten wins Strade Bianche 2020 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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It may be a bit galling for well-beaten rivals to hear Annemiek van Vleuten say winning is neither normal nor easy, but the world champion is not a normal rider, and the way she takes her victories aren't either.

Having previously criticised major race's offerings for women, maybe the Dutchwoman was waiting until the final televised 25km to launch the defence of her Strade Bianche title.

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