Anna van der Breggen: Tour of California cancellation is a big loss for women's racing

Anna van der Breggen with her prize at the 2019 Tour of California (Image credit: Getty Images)

Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) was surprised by the cancellation of the Amgen Tour of California and described it as a big loss for women's racing. The two-time champion said that it would be hard for top-level European teams to justify travelling to the US if there are no events on the Women's WorldTour.

"If you come from Europe, like I do, there isn't much racing for us in America," Van der Breggen told Cyclingnews. "The Tour of California was the only reason why we came to race there. 

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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.