'It’s not only about riding, I have to challenge myself off the bike': Annemiek van Vleuten feeling faster than ever ahead of new season with Movistar

The Dutchwoman is looking to inspire and have fun in a Movistar team that is ready for winning

(Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez / Photo Gomez S)

A year ago, when Annemiek van Vleuten attacked on the Muur van Geraardsbergen to win Omloop Het Nieuwsblad there was a sense of déjà vu.

Though we’d seen her take plenty of breakaway wins before, the 17km she raced solo to win in Ninove was paltry compared to the 100km solo move which brought her the rainbow jersey in Yorkshire five months earlier. But that Belgian performance was the beginning of a remarkable run of form.

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