Proud and emotional Winder draws her career to a close at Worlds

Ruth Winder (USA) competing at the 2021 Flanders World Championships
Ruth Winder (USA) competing at the 2021 Flanders World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

As the women's road race at the World Championships drew to a close on Saturday afternoon, so too did the careers of several riders in the 162-strong peloton.

While up at the front Elisa Balsamo raised her arms in celebration and Marianne Vos settled for a hard-fought silver medal, further back, the trio of Anna van der Breggen, Ruth Winder and Karol-Ann Canuel will have savoured the moment as they crossed the finish line of a professional race for the last time.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix