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Nominated Van der Breggen is not present in the ‘tiring’ Gala

Anna van der Breggen is Wednesday night not be present at the Gala. The cyclist is one of four nominees for Sportswoman of the Year, but the gala “tiring”.

Van der Breggen said in an interview with NRC Handelsblad that they about for a long time has thought or they go to the gala had to go. “I’m in Spain on a training camp and would rather go back flying.”

“If I would win: great, your honor. I would be proud. And I find sportmomenten of the past year look like on such a night,” says Van der Breggen, who is this years world champion on the road and the Tour of Flanders and won.

“But on the other hand: go to bed late, you get food that you don’t want, you will get tired of it and really fun I also did not. I already know that my year not have been better.”

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Van der Breggen has on the elections

After the announcement of the nominations, there was a lot of criticism on the jury. Especially the lack of tennis player Kiki Bertens and cyclist Tom Dumoulin in the last contenders led to question marks.

Van der Breggen is in collaboration with fellow cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, shorttrackster Suzanne Schulting and schaatsster Jorien ter Mors, however, nominated. When the men make skater Kjeld Nuis, turner Epke zonderland will and motorcrosser Jeffrey Herlings chance on the ‘Jaap Eden’.

“I’m not so on the elections”, said Van der Breggen. “Yet another competition. These are the best, and who is the best? I am a little tired of,” says the town of Zwolle who in the election of cyclist of the year recently over Van Vleuten was elected.

‘Election is uncomfortable and not fair’

“Of course it is honorable, but that does not mean that We ‘m had not earned. There are more Dutch cyclists that beautiful things have done. I find it uncomfortable. Not fair.”

She has no intention of again in addition to Van Vleuten to take place in an election. “And with two olympic champions from other sports. Kiki Bertens is not included.”

“There was criticism about it, because she has no world title won. That she can not win, because there is no world cup of tennis. I want to, not above or below someone posted. I stand beside Kiki.”

The sports Gala in AFAS Live in Amsterdam begins Wednesday at 20.30.

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