Annemiek van Vleuten misses crucial split at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

NINOVE BELGIUM FEBRUARY 27 Annemiek Van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Movistar Team Women during the 16th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2021 Womens Race a 1244km race from Ghent to Ninove Wall of Geraardsbergen Mur de Huy De Muur Cobblestones OmloopHNB OHN21 FlandersClassic on February 27 2021 in Ninove Belgium Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Annemiek van Vleuten at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Image credit: Getty Images)

Annemiek van Vleuten went into Omloop Het Nieuwsblad as defending champion and one of the nailed-on favourites for the win. As it happened, however, the European champion and former world champion found herself distanced as a crucial split formed on the Leberg climb, and found herself in the very rare circumstance of having to chase.

Van Vleuten was not the only favourite to miss the split of around 30 riders, with Lizzie Deignan (Trek-Segafredo) also getting caught out along with her teammate Ellen van Dijk. 

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