Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen says she will retire from cycling after defending her road race title at the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.
Anna van der Breggen,30-year-old won road race gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and is set to coach the Boels-Dolmans team after ending her professional career.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back a year.
“The Olympic Games in Tokyo are, of course, a great challenge and an important reason for continuing another year,” Van der Breggen said in a statement.
“I also want to end my career with a great, full season. Especially after this year, which was largely lost due to the corona pandemic, I am enormously motivated to continue for one more year.” Van der Breggen said.
“I’ve been thinking about a role as team leader/coach for some time. I was quickly excited about the team’s proposal. 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.” Van der Breggen added.
Van der Breggen secured the rainbow jersey at the world championships in Innsbruck two years after her victory in Rio, has signed a three-year contract to work as a sports director/ coach with Boels-Dolmans.
Her compatriot Chantal Blaak, won the women’s road race at the 2017 world championships, will continue to race professionally until 2022 before taking up a coaching role with Boels-Dolmans.
“In women’s cycling, it is not common for cyclists to make this step into coaching after their active career,” Blaak said.
“It is a compliment for me to be seen as one of the mainstays of this team.”