Van Vleuten confirms her superiority with Ceratizit Challenge GC victory

Elisa Balsamo takes the final stage bunch kick on the Madrid circuit after consummate work from Trek-Segafredo

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) wins the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta
Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) wins the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta
(Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty)

Annemiek van Vleuten once again showed she is the world’s best stage racer, winning the Ceratizit Challenge for the second consecutive time.

Her victory came on the back of an imperious climbing and descending show on the race’s second stage to Colindres. There she overhauled a 25 second deficit from the opening day team time trial, building a lead approaching two minutes which she defended to Madrid.

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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.