Annemiek van Vleuten is to skip the Dutch nationwide championships for the very first time in 15 years in buy to concentrate on her planning for the Giro d’Italia Donne and the Tour de France Femmes.
The Movistar rider also verified that she will targeting the common classification at equally the Giro and the Tour, which would amount to a historic double if she received both of those. 2022 will see the initial edition of the Tour de France Femmes, a new race, the 1st time a women’s Tour has been held, in affiliation with the men’s race, due to the fact 1989.
She is returning from a damaged wrist which she experienced in a crash at a instruction camp at the stop of April. Her to start with race back again will be the Giro Donne, which begins at the finish of June. She has won the Italian Grand Tour 2 times in advance of, in 2018 and 2019.
Up to this point Van Vleuten has held back on stating she will be heading for both the maglia rosa and the maillot jaune in July, but she is greatly regarded as the only rider able of completing the double. She uncovered the information in a put up on her website (opens in new tab).
Talking to Biking Weekly previously this 12 months, Van Vleuten mentioned: “We have yet another attractive target coming up in the Tour de France, and then I perhaps make it a little bit extra tough, mainly because if the Giro program is intriguing, I will also include the Giro to my approach.
In a message which no question caused problem for her fellow contenders, the Dutchwoman included: “Then you have two tremendous pleasant races close to just about every other, and I like problems. Difficulties normally get the very best out of myself.”
This 7 days Van Vleuten wrote: “The intention is to journey for the classification in equally the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France and that will be fairly tough. I like to attack, and just one-day races are my passion and heart.
“That passion does not lie in going for classification, I do it for the reason that I can. The Tour de France is a good target and I also get fired up about the Giro when I see the Giro guys.”
The prolific winner won Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this time, and also completed 2nd at Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne. She also received a stage and the GC at Setmana Valenciana-Volta Comunitat Valenciana Fémines.
“The difficult issue about a multi-day event is that you have a lot of ‘negative goals’. In eight days of the Tour de France, you have nothing at all to obtain and only to reduce for the first 6 days,” Van Vleuten ongoing. “That means keeping out of trouble and saving strength. You simply are not able to go for it if you are going for a ranking.
“I can trip a classification and that is why I do it, but my heart is a lot more with attacking like Mathieu van der Poel. It is no different for the Giro. Also, there I will have to continue to be out of problems for the first few times and I see it only getting really tough in the final couple of days.”
Van Vleuten, who won the Dutch nationwide street race title in 2012 and has also won the time demo countrywide title four times, stated that this year’s championships do not in shape in her plan, but also it was not the correct class for her.
“If they experienced organised it in South Limburg, I would have arrive back again for it,” she wrote. “But with a system that has also develop into a bit easier in contrast to previous yr, with the VAM mountain less normally, I want to concentrate on major aims.”
The Dutchwoman explained she can now ride and teach agony-free.
“In the starting of the rehabilitation I mostly did a little bit of tranquil duration,” she wrote. “Now I can truly educate yet again. I believe it is a excellent issue that I went to Andorra a minimal previously than I would have usually. Sitting still on the sofa won’t make you any superior possibly.
“The adult males of the Tour de France staff of Movistar have been also there and I was in a position to join them. This signifies that there was also a masseur, osteopath and mechanics. That was also a motive to go, mainly because right here I was in good fingers.”
Van Vleuten is again, her rivals must be wary.