Annemiek van Vleuten ready for time trial and Tourmalet on 2023 Tour de France Femmes route

"I’m happy that there is no gravel" says defending champion

Annemiek van Vleuten
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Fresh from a record-breaking year where she won the inaugaural Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift amongst a haul of stunning victories, including the World Championship road race and the Giro d'Italia Donne, Annemiek van Vleuten is ready for next year's Tour.

She was one of the stars of the route presentation, held in Paris on Thursday, and while her dream of Alpe d'Huez being included in the race is yet to be realised, she can still be happy that a climb as iconic as the Tourmalet is in.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.