Van Vleuten: I had the legs to win the women's Tour of Flanders

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) was one of the riders to shape the final of the women’s Tour of Flanders on Sunday. The strong Dutchwoman followed the attack of eventual race winner Marta Bastianelli (Team Virtu Cycling) on the Oude Kwaremont and then made a move herself on the Paterberg. But when she could not shake off the Italian sprinter uphill, Van Vleuten knew it would be hard to win.

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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.