Annemiek van Vleuten blog: The cold-weather advantage and the importance of live TV


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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Women's WorldTour leader Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) signs on for stage 2 of the 2019 Emakumeen Bira

Women’s WorldTour leader Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) signs on for stage 2 of the 2019 Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) with teammates at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) with teammates at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) with teammates at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) with teammates at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) racing at Emakumeen Bira (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) secures solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) secures solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: A.S.O. / T.Maheux)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) secures solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) secures solo victory at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Image credit: Mitchelton-Scott)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) speaks to the press after Tour of Flanders

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) speaks to the press after Tour of Flanders (Image credit: Getty Images)

It was a dream Spring Classics season with two victories at Strade Bianche and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. I was also consistent with three second places at Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, where I was fighting for the win. Even though it was a success, there were some things I learned along the way.

The lessons I took away from those second-place performances was to be a little bit more confident and believe in my capabilities. And so when I arrived at the start line of Liège-Bastogne-Liège, I felt that I had to take the initiative instead of waiting for an opportunity as I had done in the previous events.



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