RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME FOR VAN DER BREGGEN

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Paradise Groad -

Van der Breggen was part of a su­per-strong Dutch team that con­trolled much of the race. She made the break to the strong lead group at half­way, to en­sure the Dutch team were well rep­re­sented on a route de­signed for climbers. Pre-race favourite An­ne­miek van Vleuten crashed early on and was clearly shaken, leav­ing Van der Breggen with the task of lead­ing the charge for the or­ange-clad team. Van der Breggen’s even­tual gap over sec­ond-placed Amanda Spratt was one of the big­gest in decades.

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