Annemiek van Vleuten was emotional after claiming the women’s individual time trial gold medal at the UCI Road World Championships Tuesday in Bergen, Norway.
The title comes a little more than a year following an ugly crash at the road race in the 2016 Rio Olympics that left her with three spinal fractures and a concussion.
The 34-year-old from the Netherlands won in a Dutch showdown as she outlasted Anna van der Breggen, who won gold for the Netherlands in the women’s road race at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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Van Vleuten finished the race 12 seconds ahead of van der Breggen as she battled the rain and completed the 21.1-kilometer course in 28:50.35, averaging 43.8 km/h.
“To me, Bergen is the best place on earth right now,” van Vleuten said in a press conference following the race.