Van Vleuten: Van der Breggen was smarter in GP Ciudad de Eibar

EIBAR SPAIN MAY 16 Annemiek Van Vleuten of The Netherlands and Movistar Team Anna Van Der Breggen of The Netherlands and Team SD Worx Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo celebrate at podium during the 3rd Gran Premio Ciudad De Eibar 2021 a 1172km race from Eibar to Arrate Alto Usartza 581m III Eibarko Hiria sari nagusia CiudaddeEibar21 CCEibarres on May 16 2021 in Eibar Spain Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Final podium for GP Ciudad de Eibar (L to R): Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) second, Anna Van Der Breggen of Team SD Worx winner, and Elisa Longo Borghini of Trek-Segafredo third (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After her solo victory in the Emakumeen Nafarroako Klasikoa three days earlier, Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team) was one of the top favourites for the Gran Premio Ciudad de Eibar, finishing atop the challenging climb to Arrate.

But although Van Vleuten was the most active rider on the final climb, victory fell to Anna van der Breggen (Team SD Worx), who attacked over the top of Van Vleuten just after the latter had dropped Elisa Longo Borghini (Trek-Segafredo).

In a tweet by her Movistar Team after the race, Van Vleuten thanked the organisers for putting on a hard race and congratulated Van der Breggen: “Thanks to the CC Eibarres for this Arrate finish – not so common for us to contest such hard uphill finishes. The race wasn’t an easy ride to the bottom of Usartza; hard from the start and really tactical. Van der Breggen? She was smarter – congrats.”

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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.