Van der Breggen takes aim at Tokyo Olympics gold medal defence

Anna van der Breggen Olympics Rio 2016
Van der Breggen celebrating her gold medal at Rio 2016 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

It's 2020, an Olympic year, and for Anna van der Breggen that means a defence of the gold medal she won in the road race at Rio 2016. The Dutchwoman has enjoyed almost four years as one of only nine women who have taken road race gold since the discipline was introduced in Los Angeles in 1984.

Van der Breggen triumphed on her first participation in the Games, crossing the line first after an arduous 137km which saw teammate Annemiek Van Vleuten painfully crash out of contention on a treacherous descent down Vista Chinesa late on.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix