Annemiek van Vleuten aims for Tour de France Femmes after winning Giro d'Italia Donne - "There is of course more pressure in the Tour

The final stage of the Giro d'Italia Donne concluded on Sunday with Chiara Consonni taking the stage victory, Annemiek van Vleuten won the tour for the third time in her carrier.

"It's never easy," said van Vleuten, "The hardest work was already done before I came to the Giro. I put in a lot of hours. All the hours I put in to win this race make sure I recover so well every day. In the race itself, there is stress. Every day, even in the flat stages, I have to be alert every second. That's maybe the hardest thing in stage racing. Fortunately, I had my team to help me.”

After winning the Giro d'Italia Donne, She is now aiming for the Tour de France Femmes. "As a team, we already did everything here 99 percent very well. The Tour will be even more stressful for our team. There is of course more pressure in the Tour. I don't think there isn't too much we have to do even better. The girls and I found each other perfect, so I'm very proud of the team, and I'm confident that those who go with us to the Tour will be there too," said Van Vleuten.

But before her next goal, she plans to relax and recharge herself mentally and physically "The next two weeks, I will be offline. The key is to recharge. Especially mentally, not so much physically. I came out of bed with fresh legs today. I've had Giro's that were different. That's because of the many hours of training. The best place to rest mentally is in Italy, at altitude. So I'll go there, invite some friends, have some fun, chill, bike a little, and then I'll be ready for the Tour," concluded Van Vleuten.

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