Annemiek van Vleuten: ‘The last thing I was thinking about was racing’

The outright favorite has been battling a stomach bug, but is still all in on the GC

Annemiek van Vleuten at Stage 3 of the Tour de France Femmes 2022
(Image credit: Getty Images)

With the hills of the French Champagne region as the testing ground for the later, more mountainous stages, stage three of the 2022 Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift would see the climbers and GC hopefuls come forward and shine for the first time this tour.

Of course, all eyes were on outright favorite Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) who thus far hadn’t made much of an appearance this tour. In fact, she’d even lost time on the second stage. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.