duchwoman Olympic champion

Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen assaulted a little gathering of five riders before the last Cauberg climb to claim her first win wearing Boels-Dolmans hues at the ladies' Amstel Gold Race in the Dutch town of Berg en Terblijt on Easter Sunday.

The 26-year-old Dutchwoman was one of three riders, including Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) and late Tour of Flanders champ Coryn Rivera (Sunweb), that shut down a three-rider break that included Boels partner Lizzie Deignan, alongside Katarzyna Niewiadoma (WM3 Energie) and Elisa Longo-Borghini (Wiggle-High5) in the last 10km.

"This was the huge objective of the spring – this race as well as the up and coming two races," said van der Breggen. "I'm glad to have this shape at long last at this point. You can bet on this week, yet it's constantly difficult to have the correct shape at the opportune time."

Boels-Dolmans entered the season with the Ardennes Classics particularly focused on — a methodology that maybe cost them early year comes about, however one that paid off this end of the week.

"As a cyclist, you wind up plainly usual to weight and desires and troublesome inquiries being pointed at you if the exhibitions aren't intelligent of the work you have put in," said Deignan. "It's disappointing however with experience you learn not to give it a chance to trouble you. You hold your head down and you buckle down and the outcomes will take after. Today was an aftereffect of not surrendering or giving excessively vitality into media or fan desire."

"It's hard to have this shape for three months," included van der Breggen. "It's impractical. In case you're great toward the start of the season, it's hard to be as great this week, and this is a vital week in light of the fact that in case you're great, you have three major races.

Van der Breggen and Deignan shared a position of authority on Easter Sunday. Both had fought with ailment amid the opening weeks of the season yet touched base on the beginning line in Maastricht feeling fit and persuaded in front of the 121-kilometer day.