Van Vleuten triumphs under rain and over mountains at Emakumeen Nafarroako

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar)
Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar) (Image credit: Movistar Team Women)

The first of two back-to-back one-day races for the women’s peloton, Emakumeen Nafarroako Women's Elite Classics, became a gruelling, attritional affair in wet conditions in Navarra, Spain. The combination of heavy rain for most of the race and a challenging parcours brought relentless attacks, eventually triumphed by Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar).

The conditions were a stark contrast to last year’s edition of the race -- which took place in sunny conditions in July -- with heavy rain pouring down on the riders as they tackled the eight categorised climbs across 128.3km of racing from Hotel Ibaisek (Zudaire) to Lekumberri.

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