Annemiek van Vleuten wins emotional time trial gold medal one year after Rio

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.

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