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World Championships cycling

Annemiek van Vleuten. Souvenir from a unique solo

"Unseen". That is how former team leader and commentator José De Cauwer labelled Annemiek van Vleuten's solo at the 2019 World Championships. Vleuty escaped no less than 105 (!) km from the finish line - after 45 km of racing - and kept going until the finish in Harrogate, UK. The Dutch rider thus took her first World Championship title on the road after already becoming world time trial champion two years in a row. Such a unique achievement calls for a unique souvenir. So bike manufacturer (and team sponsor) Scott designed a personalised bike, which she used during the 2020 cycling season.

The frame was given a light paint with speckled colours that light up in the sun. "When the sun shines, it's incredibly cool," Annemiek describes her bike. The bike's brand name on the down tube also reflects in the light. On the front fork and seat tube are strips with the rainbow colours. On the seat tube at the level of the bottom bracket, the number 105 is printed. On the top tube is the name Vleuty along with a windmill, some tulips and a pair of clogs, obviously referring to her nationality.

With this bike, Vleuty continues to add new titles to her impressive track record. Among others, the personalised Scott reaches the line first in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Strade Bianche and serves pretty much the rest of the season in the other races (European Championships, Giro,...) and on training stages. In early 2021, Van Vleuten will go on an altitude training trip to Colombia with this bike, before handing over this beauty to KOERS.

Annemiek van Vleuten

Annemiek van Vleuten (born 8 October 1982) is a Dutch professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI Women's WorldTeam Movistar Team.Van Vleuten won the World Championships road race in 2019, and the World Championships time trial twice in 2017 and 2018. In the Olympic Games, she crashed out of the lead of the road race in Rio 2016, before winning the gold medal at the time trial event, and a silver in the road race five years later at Tokyo 2020. She won the Dutch National Road Race Championships in 2012, and won the Dutch National Time Trial Championships four times between 2014 and 2019. Van Vleuten has won both of women's cycling Grand Tours – winning the Giro d'Italia Donne three times in 2018, 2019 and 2022, and winning the Tour de France Femmes in 2022. She became the first woman to complete a Giro – Tour double in the same year. In winning the UCI Women's Road World Cup in 2011, and the UCI Women's World Tour in 2018 and 2021, Van Vleuten won multiple stage races and one day events. She has won cycling monuments including Liège–Bastogne–Liège Femmes, Strade Bianche Donne and Tour of Flanders for Women on multiple occasions. She has been awarded Dutch women's cyclist of the year three times. Van Vleuten will retire at the end of the 2023 season.
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