Altitude training for Van der Breggen after Strade Bianche


With Strade Bianche Anna van der Breggen closes a first segment of the new ‘Corona’ cycling calendar. After three races in Spain the Italian classic over the famous white roads is the next goal for the race leader of the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team. “It was great to make the restart of the cycling season with these three tough races. This enabled me to sharpen my fitness. The strong final I rode in Durango, where I gained terrain on the very strong Annemiek van Vleuten, gives me confidence for Strade Bianche. Strade is a classic race which suits me well and where I’ve won before.”

After Strade Bianche Van der Breggen wil do a recon of the Worlds roadrace in Martigny. Hereafter the Olympic champion will travel with Chantal Blaak for a 20 day long high altitude training camp in Kuhtai (Austria). “To be honest the first four races come to early for my main goals this season. Besides that, the cancellation of some other races like the Boels Ladies Tour doesn’t improve that situation a lot. I really hope to peak in September. The European championships TT, the Giro and the roads race of the Worlds are my big goals for this season. However, I will also ride the Dutch Nationals, GP Plouay, the European Championships on the road and the Worlds TT.”

Van der Breggen doesn’t know yet if she will ride for the GC in the Giro. “The parcourse of the Giro hasn’t been presented yet, so I don’t know yet if the race will be suited for me. There is also the question of moving the Worlds TT race from Sunday to Wednesday, this gives us more time to recover. Although the Worlds TT will be raced on an almost flat parcourse. On the other hand, there are sufficient altimeters in the road race in Martigny. I’m really looking forward to the recon of the World routes.”

After the Worlds Van der Breggen will start in classics such as Fleche Wallonne, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Amstel Gold Race, Tour of Flanders and if possible, Paris-Roubaix. “These are all races which suit me well, and races which I have won in the past. The only question I have is how good I will still be by then. From the end of August, it will be a very busy and intense season. That is also the reason why I don’t now know if I will start in Paris-Roubaix. If I am feeling well than I will certainly ride this epic cobblestone race.”