Van Vleuten overcomes off-course detour to win in Boels Ladies Tour

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) held off the peloton on Wednesday to win stage 1 of the Boels Ladies Tour solo, but this ended up being harder than first thought. A missing race marshal in a crucial descent and a split-second distrust in her own memory of the correct course combined to lead van Vleuten off the race course. This detour cost her about 30 seconds and put the stage in contention again, but the world time trial champion persevered to take a second consecutive stage 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.