As we sped to the Muur van Geraardsbergen in the pouring rain, I had a lightbulb moment. A thought so clear and simple I couldn’t believe nobody else had thought of it. And could change the lives of countless people around the world as well as grow women’s cycling: Areas suffering from drought should consider hosting a round of the UCI Women’s WorldTour. Ronde van Vlaanderen was round six of the competition and the fifth to include heavy rain.
That’s another one ticked off the list for Anna. In The Road Book Anna talks about not being as motivated to win the same races over and over. There aren’t many big races missing from her palmarés now, save for a few rainbow jerseys, but Austria will soon be on the horizon…
Here’s a small selection of photos from the race. Next stop, The Netherlands for the Healthy Ageing Tour.
A poster boy looks admiringly at the Boels Dolmans’ Specialized Tarmacs.
CANYON//SRAM Racing Team Manager, Ronny Lauke prepares the team stem notes ahead of Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Eri Yonamine (JPN) makes her way to sign on.
The peloton head across Lange Munte.
A fan gets a taste of the racing experience.
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig across the Paddestraat cobbles.
Making a splash on Holleweg.
Christine Majerus (LUX) leads up Muur van Geraardsbergen.
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio up front, on Muur van Geraardsbergen.
Hannah Barnes (GBR) approaches the top of Muur van Geraardsbergen.
Marie Vilmann (DEN) approaches the top of Muur van Geraardsbergen.
Leah Kirchmann battles to the top of Kanarieberg.
Anna van der Breggen attacks.
Christina Siggaard (DEN) and Alicia Gonzalez (ESP) shoulder-to-shoulder on Oude Kwaremont.
Amy Pieters (NED) reaches the top of Paterberg.
Anna van der Breggen (NED) wins solo.
The closest most fans get to seeing the race finish in person.
Anna van der Breggen (NED) celebrates the win at Ronde van Vlaanderen.
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