Van der Breggen not reconsidering retirement after Worlds double

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)
Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The gap was still only a dozen seconds when Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) crested the summit of the Cima Gallisterna with 40km of the World Championships still to race, but it already seemed inevitable that her day would end with another rainbow jersey.

Her Dutch teammate Annemiek van Vleuten had whittled down the front group with a searing turn of pace earlier on the climb, and when Van der Breggen ripped clear with a crisp acceleration of her own shortly afterwards, nobody had the wherewithal to follow. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.