The palmares of Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten is enough to make any pro blush. Four times World Champion, Olympic Champion, three times Giro d'Italia Donne winner, and winner of the inaugural Tour de France Femmes in 2022, she’s a cyclist possessed with raw talent – and is no stranger to putting in the work. But perhaps her most impressive display of suffering came in this year’s World Championships. Just days before the 164.3km road event, Van Vleuten fractured her elbow in a crash, and would go on to spend the majority of the day buried in the pack nursing her injury. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, she attacked off the front and claimed an astonishing victory in the final kilometre ahead of race favourite and teammate Marianne Vos. Sometimes, all it takes is determination to beat the odds.