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.
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“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.
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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.”