Teams & Riders The Annemiek van Vleuten thread

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I knew today was going to be good when I got up this morning & saw van Vleuten had won the women's TT.

To put her win into context, I think we "normies" have all daydreamed at some point about doing the Olympics & winning gold (in whatever sport), so when you're a real Olympian, you cross the line, raise your arms & think you've won (only to be second & have the whole of social media burst out laughing) in real life, I had to feel bad for her.

So the TT was a great victory after what happened on Sunday & it was nice to see her smiling. The two champs of the day:

http://instagr.am/p/CR3uqC2BGEk/
 
I knew today was going to be good when I got up this morning & saw van Vleuten had won the women's TT.

To put her win into context, I think we "normies" have all daydreamed at some point about doing the Olympics & winning gold (in whatever sport), so when you're a real Olympian, you cross the line, raise your arms & think you've won (only to be second & have the whole of social media burst out laughing) in real life, I had to feel bad for her.

So the TT was a great victory after what happened on Sunday & it was nice to see her smiling. The two champs of the day:

http://instagr.am/p/CR3uqC2BGEk/
And now that's she's lost out on two possible gold medals (maybe even three), because of mistakes made by herself and/or others while being one of if not the strongest rider in the races, it would have been very unlucky if she hadn't become Olympic champion.

This might also influence whether or not she'll continue her career after next season. Of course there are still races she hasn't won, like Fleche Wallonne, Amstel Gold Race, the upcoming Paris-Roubaix and next year's Tour de France Femmes, but this must have been a huge relief for her given the pressure she has been under.
 
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Intrigued to read that AVV is literally, as well as nominatively, from Vleuten. It is a place, and she was born there! Did the family not move in all the generations since they started using surnames?
They must have moved away at some point in order to acquire the name, then moved back.
If you stay in London, Jack (from) London isn't at all distinctive; there must have been dozens of them. It's only when you move away from London that Jack London becomes distinctive enough to be used for identification.
 
They must have moved away at some point in order to acquire the name, then moved back.
If you stay in London, Jack (from) London isn't at all distinctive; there must have been dozens of them. It's only when you move away from London that Jack London becomes distinctive enough to be used for identification.
...or it's just a small place. Leonardo spent most of his early life in Florence, 20 miles from Vinci. It's definitely possible that Annemiek's great-great-great-grandad was one of the many (for example) Joops knocking around the Utrecht metro area, and the other Joop is actually the ancestor of Millhouse van Houten from the Simpsons.
 

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