Van Vleuten secures tight overall Tour of Scandinavia victory after 'quite epic' finale

HADERSLEV DENMARK AUGUST 27 Annemiek Van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Movistar Team celebrates at podium as Yellow Leader Jersey winner during the 9th Tour of Scandinavia 2023 Battle Of The North Stage 5 a 1439km stage from Middelfart to Haderslev UCIWWT on August 27 2023 in Haderslev Denmark Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Annemiek Van Vleuten of Movistar Team celebrates at podium with trophy and leader's jersey after winning GC at 2023 Tour of Scandinavia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Having taken the yellow jersey on the stage 4 time trial in Herning, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) had to fight hard on stage 5 from Middelfart to Haderslev before she could celebrate winning the overall at the Tour of Scandinavia, only two seconds ahead of Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (FDJ-SUEZ). 

After the Tour of Scandinavia, Van Vleuten has only the Simac Ladies Tour remaining on her calendar, September 5-10, to close out her 16-year professional cycling career. 

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Lukas Knöfler started working in cycling communications in 2013 and has seen the inside of the scene from many angles. Having worked as press officer for teams and races and written for several online and print publications, he has been Cyclingnews’ Women’s WorldTour correspondent since 2018.