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Van Vleuten crowns her tour triumph with a solo win

Annemiek van Vleuten won the newly created women’s tour. The Dutchwoman launched a solo in yellow to the finish on the Planche des Belles Filles.

After the Giro d’Italia, the Dutch top favorite Annemiek van Vleuten also won the Tour de France. The 39-year-old decided the women’s tour of France, revived by the men’s tour organizer ASO, after eight stages in a superior manner. After her victory on the queen stage on Saturday, she also triumphed at the final mountain finish to the Planche des Belles Filles with a very steep finish on a gravel road.

The exception from the Movistar team won the final stage half a minute ahead of her compatriot Demi Vollering. The 25-year-old from the SD Worx team also finished second in the overall standings. They were almost four minutes behind Van Vleuten, who was still plagued by stomach problems at the start of the tour.

Van Vleuten has been the dominant driver in recent years. In addition to all the important tours, she has also won numerous one-day races – many of them multiple times, such as the Giro for the third time recently. She also achieved three world titles and an Olympic victory in 2021 in time trials, in the road race at that time she had to get behind the sensational winner, who escaped unnoticed by her Anna Kiesenhofer settle for silver.

Two Austrians, twin sisters Christina and Kathrin Schweinberger, also completed the new edition of the tour. But there were no top places for the Tyroleans.

(APA)

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