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Annemiek van Vleuten raises €10,000 for kid's bikes by selling her old kit

The Dutchwoman held the auction for her local cycling club in the Netherlands

Joe Robinson
6 Nov 2019

Women's World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten has raised thousands of euros for her local cycling club by selling her old kit. The 37-year-old held an auction of signed pictures and jerseys as well as some old kit with all the profits going to the WV cycling club in the Dutch city of Ede.

In total, Van Vleuten managed to raise a mighty €10,000 (approx £8,600) in total after holding the fundraisers at the Roel Peerenboom bike shop in Wageningen.

While hosting the sale, Van Vleuten also spent the afternoon signing her old kit and posing for photos for an extra €5 a time. The remaining kit that did not sell is now also available to buy on the club's website, too. 

Talking to the Dutch newspaper De Gelderlander, she said: 'I had been planning to tidy up my house for some time. I always looked in the attic and thought: what should I do with all those things? I always tried to make friends happy with it, but not everyone is my size.

'Maybe I could have got more money for the kit online but I found this much nicer. This way the buyers could also meet me, for a signature and photo.'

All the money raised will now go to buying mountain bikes for local children through the cycling club.

Van Vleuten won the women's road race World Championships in Yorkshire last month after an incredible 105km solo attack. 

This ticked off another major win on her illustrious palmares that also include two overall Giro Rosa wins, two World time trial tiles, the Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Strade Bianche.