Elsy Jacobs prologue winner Annemeik Van Vleuten had an impressive time trial today in Middelharnis to secure her second national time trial title.
The 33-year-old displayed top form, storming around the 30.7kilometre circuit to finish in a time of 38minutes and 17seconds, a full one minute and 41seconds clear of her nearest rival.
After a consistent first half of the season, securing two UCI wins for ORICA-AIS and countless top ten placings, the Dutch rider was overjoyed to claim the national time trial title once again.
“I’m really, really happy with my ride,” explained Van Vleuten. “I had really awesome legs and a lot of power and I was able to hold a high speed.”
“At the halfway point I heard that I was one minute ahead of Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans). She’s had a very good spring season, so at that point I knew it was going really well.
“I felt super good and I could see that it was going very well with the power and speed that I was holding. I was able to average 48.2kilometres per hour, so it was by far my best time trial.”
The victory today was Van Vleuten’s second in this event having won her first time trial title back in 2014.
The significant time difference ahead of her closest rivals brings her extra confidence going into the road race championship which will take place in two days time, an event which she has also won once before in 2012.
“This is the second time now that I have won the this title,” continued Van Vleuten. “It’s always a very special race to win.”
“First I will enjoy my victory this evening and then tomorrow I will re-focus again for the road race.
“It was really great to have support from ORICA-AIS, having a mechanic here and also my coach in the car behind. They really helped me and I could not do this alone, so I was well prepared yesterday and very focussed for today.”
2016 Dutch time trial championship results:
1. Annemiek Van Vleuten (ORICA-AIS) 38:17
2. Chantal Blaak (Boels-Dolmans) +1:41
3. Roxane Knetemann (Rabo-Liv) +2:23