Road Cycling

Olympic champion van der Breggen to retire after Tokyo Games

The Dutch Rio 2016 road cycling champion announced she would end her racing career in the summer of 2021.

By Alessandro Poggi ·

Reigning road race cycling Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen will retire from the sport after trying to defend her title in Tokyo next year.

The 30-year-old, who also won bronze in the time trial at Rio 2016, has decided to continue to race for one more year before taking up a coaching role as sporting director with her team Boels-Dolmans.

"I want to end my career with a great, full season," van der Breggen said in a statement.

”The Olympic Games in Tokyo are, of course, a great challenge and an important reason for continuing another year."

The 2018 world champion will be joined by fellow Dutch rider Chantal van den Broek-Blaak, who will retire in the spring of 2022.

The Olympic road race will be held in July 2021 after Tokyo 2020 was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Zwolle-born rider won gold in Rio after a dramatic race, which saw compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten crash on a descent while leading with 10km to go.

Van der Breggen beat Emma Johannson and Elisa Longo Borghini in a three-way sprint along Copacabana Beach.

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Van der Breggen is one of the most successful riders of her generation.

She claimed the Giro Rosa twice and 12 one-day races, including five La Fleche Wallonne Feminine.

"I had gradually come to realise that I was looking for a new challenge in my life," the two-time Olympic medallist said.

"I look forward to helping our cyclists become even better. I hope I can provide more guidance in the areas of science, nutrition and mental support. I am certain we can improve in these areas.”