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Cycling, Women’s World Championships: Van Vleuten’s anime masterpiece

The decisive shot is 600 meters from the end. After the Giro, Tour and Vuelta, the Dutchman also won the rainbow jersey. Bronze Medal for Blue

Claudio Gisalberti

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Giro, Tour, Volta and World Championships. enormous. Annemiek Van Vleuten, who turns 40 on Saturday, October 8, with a devastating extended stroke 600 meters from the finish, wins the world title. Belgium’s Lotte Kubiki silver, with Bronze’s Silvia Persico (and grip on handlebars).

Masterpiece – The Dutchman, who, according to official sources, runs with a broken right elbow (as a result of a fall on Wednesday at the start of the relay), certainly with his very high socks that seem suitable to contain varicose veins, runs to the right and for the others it is immediately understood that there is nothing else to do. It’s an authentic masterpiece at the end of a hard-earned race where it looked grueling – already on the penultimate lap – cut from the game. “True – confirms Van Vleuten – I love attacking those obstacles but today I had to struggle with my legs exploding. At that point we changed tactics during the race and made myself available to Vos. Instead I find myself here now in a rainbow shirt. Great. I definitely hope to enjoy it more than the first time I brought it in Covid year and it wasn’t nice.” Indeed, Van Velten had already established himself – by escaping long distances – at the 2019 World Cup, which was held in Yorkshire. Olympian in time trial, she won the Giro (3 wins), Tour and Vuelta this season, two world time trials, two from Liege-Bastogne-Liege, and two from Stradit Bianche.

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Discussion – But for her, the race did not start in the best way and not only with a covered elbow. The jury noticed a few kilometers later (who does not know why before the start) that the color of his shirt was slightly different from the rest of the Dutch. In fact, Van Vleuten started out with the trial clothes for the time, so she had to wear the jersey as well as the others. This was done, but after a few kilometers the situation returned to the starting point: very hot.

Longo Borghini’s disappointment Elisa Longo Borghini after four bronze medals (Rio and Tokyo at the Olympics, Limburg 2012 and Imola 2020) and as the Queen of the Paris-Roubaix, dreamed of finally winning the gold at the World Championships. She, who hardly had a chance in the enemy, played her cards flawlessly. When Germany’s Lippert unleashed all hell on the penultimate lap, Elisa was the quickest to take the lead. The scene is repeated in the last section. Up front, like the previous round, a quintet was formed with Poland’s Niewiadoma, South African Moolman-Pasio and fast Dane Ludwig inside. But the dream of playing for victory ended when Swiss Reusser, one kilometer from the finish, brought back a small group. At that moment, no one thought of Van Vleuten anymore. Nobody expects that. Error.

The other Italians Italy’s new face is Bronze Medalist Silvia Persico. Bergamasca de Seine, 25, who raced with Falcar: After third in the cycling world championships, she finished seventh at the Giro d’Italia and fifth at the Tour de France, eighth at Pinda Trophy and ninth at Ghent-Wevelgeme. But all of Italy did well. Fantastic race, available to the team, contested by U-23 Test Champion Vittoria Guazzini (very strong), Elena Cecchini and Marta Bastianelli. The only one who was a little weak was Elisa Balsamo, who left to look for an appearance but with difficulty when the race started.

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under 23 – With 11th place, New Zealander Niamh Fisher-Black, 22, will wear the first historic jersey for the under-23 world champion.

Origin – 1. Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN (Ola) 164.3 km at 4.24’25 inches, averaging 37.3 km/h; 2. Lotte Cubic (Bell) in 1″; 3 – Silvia Persico; 4 – Liebert (Ger); 5 – Ludwig (Dan); 6 – Sierra (Cub); 7. Lapus (Fra); 8 – Nevadoma (Pol) 9 – Shabi (Svi); 10 – Longo Borghini; 11 – Mollmann Paseo (SAV); 12 – Fisher – Black; 13. Reusser (Svi) at 11 inches; 14. Voss (first) at 13″; 15. Manley (Australia); 16 – Georgi (GBR); 17 – pertizulo; 18. Jackson (was); 19 – jacquard (bell); 20. Bauernfind (gear).