ANNA VAN DER BREGGEN

AM­S­TEL GOLD

Procycling - - Debrief -

Rarely can a team ex­e­cute a vic­tory in the same way three times in a row as Boels-Dol­mans did dur­ing hilly Clas­sics week. Anna van der Breggen pulled off a su­perb one-two with her team-mate Lizzie Deignan re­mark­ably at all three races this April, start­ing at Am­s­tel Gold. In the early stages, the team set a high pace, whit­tling the pelo­ton down to just 35 riders. Deignan at­tacked on the penul­ti­mate as­cent of the Cauberg, cre­at­ing a three-rider break, be­fore Van der Breggen fol­lowed An­ne­miek van Vleuten’s at­tack to bridge across to her on the fi­nal lap. Af­ter paus­ing for breath when she joined Deignan, the Dutch­woman at­tacked again with 7km to go leav­ing Deignan to mark the chasers be­hind. She time-tri­alled to the fin­ish, cross­ing the line almost a minute ahead of the chasers, who were led home by the Bri­tish rider.

Matthews af­ter he and Sun­web ex­e­cuted a per­fect vic­tory on stage 16 of the Tour

Van der Breggen pulled o f a hat trick of vic­to­ries in the Ar­dennes, with team-mate Deignan sec­ond in all three

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