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Yeah, so many others whose names are just big, fat, lies!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?
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.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:
They must have moved away at some point in order to acquire the name, then moved back.
...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.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.
Don't go to those places anymore, Vleuty!Annemiek has broken her pubic bone on the way to Roubaix. Long recovery ahead, and a big downer at the end of a highly successful season.
The only reason her season is over is that there aren't enough races remaining for her to come back and win something important in three weeks' time, which is the usual Annemiek van Vleuten injury template.
Okay, that's a terrible prank! I assume it was the one she was seen pointing at when she won the World Championships two years ago.She lost an earring earlier this week given to her by her late father 20 years ago. Someone later claimed to have found, but that was apparently just a prank. But the manufacturer has offered to make a replica, if the original doesn't show up.
Why not a bike path between Vleuten and Utrecht?I don't know if there has been a decision yet, but local politicans have been discussing creating and naming a bike path in either Vleuten, where she lived until she was four years old, or in Utrecht after her.
It was, and it seems it still hasn't been foundOkay, that's a terrible prank! I assume it was the one she was seen pointing at when she won the World Championships two years ago.
Yes, that is a fantastic idea. Otherwise there are also 100 km in Yorkshire which could deserve to bear her name.Why not a bike path between Vleuten and Utrecht?
Her resilience is astounding. Great to see her give doubt/discouragement the boot again.
Unless she's burned out by then I definitely expect her to be riding in Romandie, but I doubt the Chinese races suit her much anyway.Looks like she could - theoretically at least - do all WWT races. Though, getting from Switzerland to China in just four days might be a bit complicated.
You can break her wrist, but never her fighting spirit.Yelp... guess that's her season lost:
Annemiek van Vleuten undergoes surgery following training crash | Cycling Weekly
Or... she's gonna win a few stages - and maybe the GC - at Itzulia.
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