Annemiek van Vleuten in Worlds pole position after Boels Ladies Tour victory

World time trial champion wins three stages in Dutch stage race

Winning one road stage and both the prologue and final day time trial, Annemiek van Vleuten successfully defended her Boels Ladies Tour title in the Netherlands on Sunday. The world time trial champion’s performance also proves she the one to beat at the Innsbruck world championships later this month.

Basing her victory on the opening and closing stage time trials, the Dutchwoman's solo win in the first road stage put further time into her rivals, and she eventually won the six day event by 52 seconds from second placed Ellen van Dijk (Sunweb).

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.