Anna van der Breggen perhaps experienced her best cycling season in the coronavirus-dominated year of 2020. She managed to win the world titles on the road and the time trials at the World Championship in Imola. She had previously also topped the final classification of the Giro Rosa and, just four days after the World Championship, she won the Walloon Arrow on the wall of Huy for the sixth time in a row.
Van der Breggen wants to conclude her riding career with one more successful year in 2021. "The Olympic Games in Tokyo are, of course, a great challenge and an important reason to keep going another year," the defending champion of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro says. "I also want to end my career with a complete, successful season. I first had the idea of ending my riding career right after Tokyo, but now that I am the defending world champion, it is a challenge for me to take part in the World Championship in Belgium after that."
Van der Breggen, who has been part of the team since 2017, has been considering a role as a team leader/coach for some time now. "I was excited about the team's proposal straight away. I had gradually come to realise that I was looking for a new challenge in my life. In 2021, I want to get the best out of myself on my bike for one more season. After that, I will focus on this new job. I look forward to helping our cyclists become even better. I hope I can provide more guidance in the areas of science, nutrition and mental support. I am certain we can improve in these areas."
Date of birth: 1990-04-18