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EPERNAY, France (VN) – Annemiek van Vleuten only experienced just one word to offer you when at first requested how she felt immediately after phase 3 of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift on Tuesday.
The race’s GC favourite advised VeloNews that she’d been having difficulties with gastrointestinal challenges due to the fact two several hours soon after the first stage ended on Sunday.
“A belly challenge,” she said. “It arrives quick, goes rapidly. Yesterday I could not consume, could not drink. This morning I experienced breakfast and I felt tremendous optimistic and I felt completely ready to go. But I experience like, currently I paid the selling price for that. But I imagine I was 1000 times much better than yesterday. Yesterday I felt like super shit.”
Van Vleuten missed the profitable transfer on phase 2 and then struggled to maintain the wheels as the chase blew to bits in the crosswinds.
Movistar’s captain mentioned that the program Tuesday was basically to trip the stage from the start off to complete immediately after not becoming equipped to try to eat or drink all through yesterday’s stage.
Van Vleuten was gapped deep into the last of stage 3’s Champagne-country tour but restricted her losses to 18 seconds on yellow jersey Marianne Vos.
“I yesterday performed some poker, now I couldn’t actually enjoy poker any longer,” she reported.
To increase insult to harm, Van Vleuten is not a fan of tomorrow’s phase, which is punctuated by 4 gravel sectors.
“I’ve witnessed it, I noticed it after the Amstel Gold race and it was a whole lot of difficult gravel,” she claimed. “I’ve received Strade Bianche two situations, so I’m just not so eager to have gravel in phase racing. The bad luck component.”
Now at 1:14 on GC, Van Vleuten will be hunting ahead to an upturn in well being and the mountaintop finishes that near the race.