Anna van der Breggen studying quite a bit in new function as sport director

Anna van der Breggen

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Anna van der Breggen is having fun with post-racing life.

The Dutch famous person hung up her wheels on the finish of final season after a stellar profession that noticed her change into one of the crucial dominant riders of her technology.

She was nonetheless very a lot on the high of the game, however she needed one thing new.

Seven months on from her last race on the world championships in Leuven final 12 months, Van der Breggen has embraced her subsequent profession as a sport director for the SD Worx crew that she raced with for thus a few years.

She now works alongside her long-time DS Danny Stam and fellow ex-pro Lars Growth, who joined the crew close to the top of 2021.

“It’s actually fascinating,” Van der Breggen stated of her new job earlier this month.

“I’ve discovered quite a bit. I believe it’s at all times like this whenever you begin a brand new job, you must work out the way it’s working, what you must do, and what’s the easiest way to do it.

It’s good additionally that me and Lars really are each beginning up and attempting to determine how one can do it and how one can use all the abilities we have now.

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“I believe that’s very nice, with Danny having the expertise and we even have expertise, however in several components.

You see part of biking that you simply didn’t see earlier than, really, that you simply didn’t take note of since you have been solely targeted on being nearly as good as doable.

Now, the main target is on the crew, and it’s actually totally different. You’re busy from the morning till the night. Earlier than it was such as you have been at all times drained and now you might be additionally drained but it surely’s a distinct drained.

It’s a giant change and thus far, I’m solely having fun with the change.”
Relatively than being within the mixture of the peloton, Van der Breggen spends her races sat behind the bunch within the passenger seat of the crew automotive, speaking to the riders down the radio.Anna van der Breggen

She’s glad being within the automotive, however generally she needs that she could possibly be again within the bunch. It’s not that she desires to race once more, but it surely’s far simpler to inform the riders what she desires to when she’s alongside them.

It’s a small frustration that she’ll need to take care of and he or she’s already getting used to it.

As a substitute, the most important change for her has been not within the race however it’s all the background work that goes into getting the riders on the street.

“I’ve some moments that I believe if you happen to’re within the bunch you may say it faster. However I additionally get used to that fairly quick. Within the automotive, you may say some issues, however not that a lot,” she stated.

“I believe what’s extra surprising is the planning apart from all of the biking, the managing components, which I believe is fairly troublesome.

“As a rider, you don’t take note of it. You verify your schedule, okay, I have to go to this effort after which any person picks me up and that’s it, that’s all you must know. And now it’s totally different.

Now I would like to determine who picks up who, the place, and what time. However I’ll get there, additionally.”

In her first 12 months as a DS, Van der Breggen has seen some success with the SD Worx squad taking 5 wins thus far this season. Whereas the crew has been robust, its quest for victories has change into more durable with every passing 12 months.

Whereas a part of that could be right down to Van der Breggen’s retirement, she was the crew’s largest winner for a lot of seasons, the widening power of the peloton has additionally performed its half.

There are extra potential winners inside every beginning lineup, however squads that again them have additionally stepped up their recreation.

“Issues are altering, and groups are altering, however we’re nonetheless just about the identical crew and powerful as a collective. I believe that’s additionally our strongest level,” Van der Breggen stated.

“You want the people to win the races, however you want the group additionally to do it. You may see that Trek is driving otherwise than earlier than, in fact with [Elisa] Balsamo now successful a variety of sprints.

“That’s actually cool for them, and also you additionally see extra groups having a very good block, like FDJ. Some groups with younger ladies who’re actually motivated.

I believe it’s one thing which is coming increasingly. It’s not about people, however you actually need the groups to be in entrance of the races, to avoid wasting power, and to go for the moments the place you may make the distinction.”

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