Annemiek van Vleuten will make her appearance at the World Cup clay court next month. The Movistar rider recently ended her career, but has decided to still participate in the tournament in Veneto, Italy.
“I said yes to that in a crazy mood,” says Van Vleuten in the AD podcast In Het Wiel. “The team liked it, the sponsors liked it and I also found it funny to participate.”
Forty-year-old Van Vleuten does not plan to participate in the clay World Cup more often. “I’m not going to train for this. I enjoy participating and want to take a picture with Alejandro Valverde,” the rider jokes. Valverde ended his road cycling career in 2022, but then made his comeback as a gravel professional.
Van Vleuten sees her participation as part of her farewell tour. “I threw the ball up myself and it was immediately headed in by the team.” The World Cup clay court will be held on October 7 and 8.
Van Vleuten won four world titles in her career. She also achieved overall victories in the Tour de France Femmes, Vuelta a España and Giro Donne and took gold in the time trial at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After the Simac Ladies Tour, the rider ended her impressive career, which lasted fifteen years.