Giro Rosa countdown: 'I am aiming for Giro Rosa victory' says Van Vleuten

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were a major event in Annemiek van Vleuten’s career. While many will remember the horrible images as Van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) crashed during the road race, it was the performance prior to it, on what looked to be a race-winning move, that has spurred the Dutchwoman on to become a serious stage race contender in the past 18 months.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.