History

Netherlands

1. Annemiek van Vleuten

Germany

2. Lisa Brennauer

Australia

3. Grace Brown

  • Italy
    4. Elisa Longo Borghini
  • Netherlands
    5. Demi Vollering
  • Italy
    6. Marta Cavalli
  • Denmark
    7. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig
  • Netherlands
    8. Anna van der Breggen
  • Switzerland
    9. Marlen Reusser
  • United States
    10. Kristen Faulkner
  • United States
    11. Leah Thomas
  • Netherlands
    12. Marianne Vos
  • Belgium
    13. Lotte Kopecky
  • Netherlands
    14. Amy Pieters
  • Italy
    15. Elisa Balsamo
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2021
NL
Annemiek van Vleuten
DE
Lisa Brennauer
AU
Grace Brown
2020
NL
Chantal van den Broek - Blaak
NL
Amy Pieters
BE
Lotte Kopecky
2019
IT
Marta Bastianelli
NL
Annemiek van Vleuten
DK
Cecilie Ludwig
2018
NL
Anna van der Breggen
NL
Amy Pieters
NL
Annemiek van Vleuten
2017
US
Coryn Rivera
AU
Gracie Elvin
NL
Chantal Blaak
2016
GB
Lizzie Armistead
SE
Emma Johansson
NL
Chantal Blaak
2015
IT
Elisa Longo Borghini
BE
Jolien D'Hoore
NL
Anna van der Breggen
2014
NL
Ellen van Dijk
GB
Lizzie Armistead
SE
Emma Johansson
2013
NL
Marianne Vos
NL
Ellen van Dijk
SE
Emma Johansson
2012
DE
Judith Arndt
US
Kirstin Armstrong
CA
Joelle Numainville
2011
NL
Annemiek van Vleuten
RU
Tatiana Antoshina
NL
Marianne Vos
2010
BE
Grace Verbeke
NL
Marianne Vos
NL
Kirsten Wild
2009
DE
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
NL
Kirsten Wild
SE
Emma Johansson
2008
DE
Judith Arndt
US
Kirsten Armstrong
NL
Kirsten Wild
2007
GB
Nicole Cooke
KZ
Zoufia Zabirova
NL
Marianne Vos
2006
NL
Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel
AT
Christiane Soeder
NL
Loes Gunnewijk
2005
NL
Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel
SK
Susanne Ljungskog
IT
Monia Baccaille
2004
KZ
Zoufia Zabirova
DE
Trixi Worrack
NL
Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel

The Dutch cyclist Mirjam Melchers (Gendt, 26th September 1975) was a star of women’s cycling on all surfaces. Over the course of her career, she participated in cyclo-cross contests as well as road cycling, and was equally successful in both disciplines. In 2000, she was crowned Champion of the Netherlands on the road, the start of a career littered with victories. Her endurance made her a specialist not only in the time-trials, but in road cycling as well, and she added a series of impressive victories to her record: stage victories in the Tour of Italy and the Tour of Tuscany as well as the Holland Ladies Tour. While representing Team Flexpoint, she managed what might just be her most impressive performances: back-to-back victories in the Tour of Flanders. In 2005 she beat Swedish rider Susanne Ljungskog and Italian rider Monia Baccaille. The following year saw her victorious again in Merelbeke, ahead of the Austrian Christiane Soeder and her compatriot Loes Gunnewijk.

In 2004, Mirjam Melchers married Jean-Paul van Poppel, her manager at the time. On 7th September 2006, she broke her pelvis, hip and jaw during the Euregio Tour, but she would bounce back from these injuries. In 2010, she retired when she became pregnant. Melchers currently works as a personal trainer.

When you think of the pioneers of women’s cycling, Judith Arndt’s name immediately comes to mind. The German remains the most successful women’s cyclist, in both road and track cycling. In time-trials and on the track, she won a host of national and international titles. In the ‘Grand Boucle’, seen by many as the women’s equivalent to the Tour de France, Arndt finished third in 2003 and won silver in the road cycling at the 2004 Olympic Games, the same year she became road cycling world champion. In the autumn of her career, she also won the Women’s Tour of Flanders twice, a tournament in which she remains the joint record holder alongside the Dutch cyclist Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel.

In 2010, the German proved too strong for Kirstin Armstrong (USA) and Kirstin Wild (the Netherlands). Two years later, Armstrong was once again beaten by Arndt. Canadian cyclist Joelle Numainville finished third. That same year, Arndt put an end to her career while representing Orica-AIS, after having retained her world time-trial crown in Valkenburg.

At the age of 38 Annemiek van Vleuten wins Vlaanderens Mooiste for the 2nd time. 10 Years ago she was also the fastest in Oudenaarde.

Annemiek van Vleuten (Vleuten (Utrecht), October 8, 1982) is a Dutch cyclist. She won the world time trial championship in 2017 and 2018 and the world title on the road in 2019. She became a Dutch champion six times: four times in the time trial, in 2012 on the road and in 2017 she won the NK mountain bike. In 2011, she won the Tour of Flanders and the final classification in the World Cup, among others. She also won the Giro Rosa, La Course, among others, was number one in the UCI ranking in 2018 and won the final classification of the Women's World Tour that year. As of 2020, she rides for the Spanish Movistar.