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Dutch cyclist Van Vleuten, 39, claims greatest win at worlds

WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) — Annemiek van Vleuten has surprised herself and the rest of cycling by recording the finest win of her career at the world road championships. Overcoming an elbow fracture sustained three days earlier, the 39-year-old Dutch great won her second world road race title with an attack in the last 600 meters that caught the other eight leaders napping. Britain’s Zoe Backstedt also celebrated her 18th birthday by turning the junior road event into a one-woman race. Backstedt cycled away from the peloton with a solo attack at 10 kms and stayed clear for the remaining 57 kms to win by more than two minutes.

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