BicycleGoosebumps for Annemiek Van Vleuten in her final race day at Simac...

Goosebumps for Annemiek Van Vleuten in her final race day at Simac Ladies Tour

The last stage of the 2023 Simac Ladies Tour was also the last race of the professional cycling career of Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar Team), who celebrated her retirement after 16 seasons at the top of the sport. Competitive to the last, she had first been disappointed to miss the front group that ended up racing for the stage win, but this soon gave way to the joy at seeing such large crowds come out for her farewell race in her home training area.

“There were people on the roadside everywhere, and I had goosebumps on the last lap. In a race, you normally have your head down and don’t look at the crowds. Now that I knew I wouldn’t ever do a race again, I took the time to enjoy the last kilometres as much as possible,” Van Vleuten said on the Simac Ladies Tour podium where she and her career were celebrated after the race jerseys had been handed out.

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