Retirement lasts just one month for Annemiek van Vleuten as Gravel World Championship ride calls

Dutchwoman insists that she has no interest in gravel racing career

Annemiek van Vleuten rides her last road race, at the Simac Ladies Tour
(Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

What is it with Movistar riders and an inability to retire? Echoing her former teammate Alejandro Valverde continuing as a gravel rider post-road retirement, Annemiek van Vleuten is set to ride the Gravel World Championships in Italy next month.

The four time world champion on the road (across time trial and road race) is to take to the gravel of Veneto on October 7, according to Dutch podcast In Het Wiel.

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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.