Van Der Breggen dominates, Spratt second
30 Sep 18
The Dutch continued their dominance of women’s cycling at the UCI Road World Championships over the weekend with Anna van der Breggen being crowned world champion in the elite women’s road race on Saturday.
The 28-year-old soloed to victory after breaking from nearest rival Amanda Spratt (Australia) with under 40 kilometres to go to finish with a resounding three-minute buffer over the silver medal.
Spratt claimed silver in a commendable performance which saw her finish clearly ahead of the bronze taken by Italy’s Tatiana Guderzo.
Van Der Breggen’s first gold came after twice claiming silver in world championship races, including Thursday’s time trial which was won by compatriot Annemiek Van Vleuten.
Her win also marks back-to-back elite women’s road race titles, after her Boels Dolmans teammate Chantal Blaak won the event last year. The victory also makes the Netherlands the most successful country in the women’s world titles, with 11 gold, 14 silver and 5 bronze medals.
“The World Championships is so hard to win, so I’m really happy to be able to take this,” van der Breggen said.
“It was only when I got to the finish line that I really believed it was possible.
"I was a bit doubting if it was too early or not but we tried to open things up and then I got in this position so I took this opportunity and I had to go.”
Spratt was part of a six-woman break with 60 kilometres to go, and when the Dutch mobilised to bridge the gap, was the only one able to hold with the charging Van Der Breggen who dispersed of the remaining five with ease, only dropping the Australian on the nearing the second-last summit of the Igls for the day.
Spratt’s valiant race for the silver medal continued a strong season for the 31-year-old.
After winning the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under n January, she proceeded to win the general classification in the Emakumeen Bira in Spain ahead of Van Vleuten and Van Der Breggen, as well as claiming the SwissEver GP in Hagendorn and both a stage and the mountain’s classification in the Giro Rosa.
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