Annemiek van Vleuten skips Dutch national championships to focus on momentous Giro and Tour double

The Dutch rider will miss the race for the first time in 15 years as she aims to make history

Annemiek van Vleuten puts her glasses on before the Tour of Flanders
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Annemiek van Vleuten is to skip the Dutch national championships for the first time in 15 years in order to focus on her preparation for the Giro d'Italia Donne and the Tour de France Femmes.

The Movistar rider also confirmed that she will targeting the general classification at both the Giro and the Tour, which would amount to a historic double if she won both. 2022 will see the first edition of the Tour de France Femmes, a new race, the first time a women's Tour has been held, in association with the men's race, since 1989.

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