It was one of the few titles that were missing from here list: Dutch national champion. But this Saturday Anna added that much wanted title to her list of honors. In a race that kept everyone on the edge of their seats, Anna managed to cross the finish line at the top of the Col du VAM first.
With only 2,7 kilometers to go, Anna had to change her bike due to mechanical problems. Van Vleuten was 1:15 seconds behind at that moment. But the bike change never endangered her win, her advantage at the finish line was 1:19.
Boels-Dolmans brought the fireworks early in the race when Jip van den Bos placed an attack. Anna bridged the gap to her together with Anoeshka Koster (Parkhotel Valkenburg). The three of them lead the race for a long time. Behind them formed a chase group with, among others, her teammates Chantal van den Broek-Blaak and Amy Pieters, Marianne Vos (CCC-Liv) and Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scot).
With about five rounds to go, Van Vleuten started to attack. Pieters and Vos managed to stay with her for quite a while, but had to drop in the end. In the mean time, Van den Bos had to drop from the front and Van der Breggen rode with Koster for a while. But Koster had to drop when Anna accelerated on the cobbles. Anna managed to build her lead on Van Vleuten, which came down to 27 seconds, out to 1:19.
The Dutch national championships were raced at a 7,3 kilometer parcours around the Col du VAM. The riders had to finish it 17 times. The first of the two climbs is 500 meters long with an average gradient of 7%. It contains a 160 meter cobble section and has a gradient of 24% at the steepest point. The second climb is 200 meters with a gradient of 12%.