Attack to defend: Van Vleuten on the edge of Tour de France greatness

Anything can happen, say Movistar but he team are confident Annemiek van Vleuten will ride into history on Sunday’s final Tour de France Femmes stage

Annemiek van Vleuten - Tour de France Femmes 2022
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Annemiek van Vleuten’s race winning move on stage seven on the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift was a defensive tactic accord to the Movistar DS, Jorge Sanz.

The Dutch rider attacked on the ascent of the day’s first classified climb, Petit Ballon, and never looked back, blowing the peloton to pieces. By the finish in Le Markstein she had put 3:26 into her nearest rival, SD Worx’ Demi Vollering, and looks set to win a historic yellow jersey on Sunday.

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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.