Van der Breggen wins gold in UCI world championships road race

Anna Van Der Breggen of The Netherlands during the 93rd UCI Road World Championships 2020, Women Elite Road Race 143km race in Imola, Italy Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands claimed the road race gold medal in emphatic style at the world championships, prevailing after a long solo ride to victory on Saturday.

Van der Breggen, who won the time trial on Thursday, became the first woman since Jeannie Longo in 1995 to win the road race and time trial double in the same year, since the solo effort against the clock became a world championship event in 1994.

The 30-year-old, who won gold two years ago in Innsbruck, Austria, jumped away from a reduced pack on the climb to the Cima Gallisterna in the penultimate lap, 41.5 km from the finish, and never looked back.

"It was a really hard race right from the beginning. The climbs are really tough but in the third lap I felt strong. We made the race harder and I just went for it. Everybody was tired," said Van der Breggen.

The Olympic champion, who had geared up for the race by winning the Giro Rosa earlier this month, gave the Netherlands their fourth title in a row in the women's road race.

Another Dutchwoman, defending champion Annemiek van Vleuten, took silver and Italian Elisa Longo Borghini claimed the bronze medal after the duo broke clear in the final lap while Marianne Vos, the triple world champion also from the Netherlands, took fourth place.

Van Vleuten was back in action after breaking her wrist during the Giro Rosa nine days ago.