Annemiek van Vleuten says goodbye with a successful racing calendar

This article originally appeared on Velo News

Annemiek van Vleuten and her final season will be a greatest hits racing calendar.

The World Champion confirmed her 2023 racing calendar and it’s awesome.

Van Vleuten will ride all three Grand Tours, all the big one-days, and will target the World Championships. One notable exception: No Paris-Roubaix.

It’s a fitting way to say goodbye to the sport she’s dominated for the past decade.

“It’s clear to me that I want to race again in both the Giro and the Tour,” said Van Vleuten of the winter. “I’ve already spoken to my coach and my team about this. I still love racing in Italy and I still want to race a Giro.

“It would be a first big competition block from Flanders to La Vuelta and a second block with Giro and Tour.”
Van Vleuten said.

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With the busy calendar and the Vuelta a Espana moving into May, it’s set to be an action-packed season for Van Vleuten.

In recent weeks she has been camping and training at altitude in Colombia.

The Movistar captain will debut on Spanish roads at the Setmana Ciclista Valencia (February 16-19) and then dive into the spring classics.

From there it’s all three major tours – which she swept in 2022 – and then the worlds.

Van Vleuten swears she was racing full-time by the end of the season, but with the Paris Olympics in 2024, there’s a chance the peloton won’t see her last just yet.

Annemiek van Vleuten and her confirmed calendar for 2023:

Setmana Ciclista Valencia (February 16-19)

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 25)

Strade Bianche (March 5)

Tenerife High Altitude Camp – March

Round of Vlaanderen (2 April)

Amstel Gold Race (April 16)

Fleche Wallonne (April 19)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 23)

Vuelta a Espana (May 1-7)

Training camp – late May to June

Dutch nationals (June 24)

Giro d’Italia (30 June to 9 July)

Altitude Camp Livigno – July

Tour de France Women (July 23-30)

World Time Trial Championship (10 August)

Road Racing World Championship (12 August)

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