Anna van der Breggen brought the Netherlands their fourth consecutive world title in the elite women’s road race at the 2020 UXI Road World Championships in Imola.
It was Van der Breggen’s second world title in three days having also won the time trial, an accomplishment that has not been done since Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo won both titles in 1995.
Annemiek van Vleuten (also Netherlands), who came into the race with a broken wrist, secured the silver medal after a sprint with Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Marianne Vos (Netherlands) secured fourth place from a reduced chase-group sprint – giving the Netherlands three places in the top four.
South Africa’s leading finisher was Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who crossed the line in a group in 56th position, 14 minutes 1sec behind the winner.
South Africa’s other representative, Kerry Jonker, recorded a did not finish over the technical 143km route.