She is almost uncatchable in front and still won't let the day's victory be taken away: Annemiek van Vleuten crosses the finish line first in the yellow jersey and is crowned the winner of the women's Tour de France. She laid the foundation for this with an unbelievable solo ride.
Time trial Olympic champion Annemiek van Vleuten won the women's Tour de France, which was revived this year, after a triumphant ride and thus made the double perfect after the Giro triumph. Like the day before, the 39-year-old Dutchwoman outperformed the competition at the showdown on the ramps to La Super Planche des Belles Filles and was impressively crowned overall winner.
After eight stages and 1033.8 kilometers, Van Vleuten was 3:48 minutes ahead of compatriot Demi Vollering, who finished second, 30 seconds behind. The German champion Liane Lippert took tenth place and 14th place overall. Lippert belonged to a leading group that drove ahead of the field for a long time and mastered the first very difficult climb to the Ballon d'Alsace before the favorites. On the tough final climb, the group had no chance of winning the day.
Van Vleuten laid the foundation for the Tour triumph on Saturday when she completed a 62-kilometer solo ride on the mountain stage through the Vosges and took the day's victory with a lead of more than three minutes. A defect slowed her down on Sunday and meanwhile she had to continue on a teammate's bike, but she only let that stop her for a short time.
Van Vleuten, who wants to end her successful career at the end of 2023, added another great success this season to her Giro victory. In addition, the three-time world champion on the road also won the classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège and took second place in the Tour of Flanders, the Flèche Wallonne and the Strade Bianche.