'You need to think for 15 people' – Van der Breggen's hectic first race in the SD Worx car

Anna van der Breggen
Anna van der Breggen in the SD Worx team car (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

The reigning champion was not racing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, but she still made her presence felt. Anna van der Breggen fastened her seatbelt in the SD Worx car in Gent and settled in for her first race day of her second career as a team director.

Not that she could could really settle in. "Hectic" was how she described the experience to Cyclingnews at the finish. "You need to think for almost 15 people."

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.