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Commentary: Annemiek van Vleuten deserves more hype for her Giro, Tour, Vuelta bid


There’s no slowing Annemiek van Vleuten down, and certainly not her ambitions.

The Dutch rider dubbed 2021 her best season yet, but she could topple that this year with some major goals on her to-do list for 2022.

Van Vleuten revealed last week that she would target the pink, yellow, and red jerseys of the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and Challenge by La Vuelta this year. To ramp up the hit list that one extra notch, she is also eyeing up the world championships in Wollongong at the end of the season.

“I like challenges, and I’ll ride the three grand tours. I’m looking forward to preparing for these grand tours together with my whole team, the riders, and the staff. It will be a big new objective for all of us. I’m very proud of the development of the team and that motivates me a lot,” van Vleuten said at the Movistar presentation Thursday last week.

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