Anna van der Breggen speaks out against putting pressure on junior athletes to be thin

World Champion Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx)
World Champion Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Anna van der Breggen has spoken out against the pressures being placed on junior athletes to be thin after her compatriot, Senne Knaven, 18, revealed that she struggled with weight, food and diets because of these pressures in cycling in a post on Instagram Friday. 

In an interview with Cyclingnews, van der Breggen said the sport needs to protect young athletes from pressures to be thin because it's harmful to their physical and mental health and could have damaging effects on their future careers in the sport.

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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.