Annemiek van Vleuten: I want to start, I feel ready to start Worlds

TIVOLI ITALY SEPTEMBER 14 Podium Annemiek Van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Team Mitchelton Scott World Champion Jersey Celebration during the 31st Giro dItalia Internazionale Femminile 2020 Stage 4 a 1703km stage from Assisi to Tivoli 237m GiroRosaIccrea GiroRosa on September 14 2020 in Tivoli Italy Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Annemiek Van Vleuten of The Netherlands hopes to defend world road title Saturday (Image credit: Getty images Sport)

Annemiek van Vleuten is waiting on a decision from the Dutch federation's medical team to clear her to compete in the elite women’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships on Saturday. The defending champion is recovering from a fractured wrist sustained in a crash at the Giro Rosa last week.

Van Vleuten confirmed to Cyclingnews in a phone interview on Thursday evening that her wrist felt pain-free when riding and that she has expressed to the federation, KNWU, that she wants to start the road race in an attempt to defend her world title.

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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.