Anna van der Breggen: I’m retiring but not quitting the sport

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Anna van der Breggen made a surprise announcement to retire at the height of her career and become a sports director for SD Worx women’s cycling team at the end of 2021. She will attempt to defend her gold-medal-title at the Tokyo Olympic Games next August in what will be her last major target of a dazzling decade-long run as a professional cyclist. 

In an interview with Cyclingnews, Van der Breggen promised that she was not quitting women’s cycling altogether but rather moving into a position that would allow her to continue to develop the sport. She intends to use her knowledge as a world-class competitor, experience in sports science and nutrition, and coaching to further women's racing and the riders on her team.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.