• Annemiek van Vleuten at the 2020 Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Getty)Source: Getty
Showing no signs of retiring and with her contract up at the end of 2020, road world champion Annemiek van Vleuten says other teams have approached her but wants to finish her career at 'home,' Mitchelton-Scott, who like other tour squads have made significant cost measures amid the coronavirus crisis.
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10 Jun 2020 - 11:14 AM  UPDATED 10 Jun 2020 - 11:17 AM

The 37-year old told ex Dutch rider Maarten Ducrot on his podcast she wants to ride for another two seasons. 

"The plan was to continue a season after the Olympics, because I want to race another year after the Olympics. In an Olympic year, everything is under a magnifying glass and everything revolves around that one (event)," she said. 

“I sometimes find that a pity. So the plan to continue after the Games has now moved on for a year."

Riding for Mitchelton-Scott since 2016, the Dutch rider said she would prefer to stay there.  

"It is no secret that my team is in trouble. I have been approached by other teams." 

"I feel very much at home with my current team.

"In addition, it is always a risk to move." 

In early April, Mitchelton-Scott's communications director Taryn Kirby confirmed with Australian Cycling Insider, the team, like a number of other men's and women's world tour squads, had taken a significant pay cut to ensure its future amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

“The details I can’t confirm. The reason being, that we don’t disclose personal financial information, we do the same thing with not disclosing details of contracts that riders sign with the team. All of us, rider and staff took a significant pay cut," Kirby said. 

“It’s not a reflection of no racing, or workers not going to work. That’s been made clear to everyone, it’s not due to us not working, it’s more about the world economic situation.

“We get our money from mainly Gerry (Ryan, team owner and owner of Mitchelton Wineries and Jayco caravans), who’s in the entertainment and tourism industry and those industries are some of the hardest hit.”

“The purpose of what’s happening now is to keep the team going. The future, I don’t think anyone knows what that looks like right now, people don’t know what the world’s going to look like.

“It’s an ongoing situation, not one we’ve given a timeline to, and we’re looking at the situation when racing comes back, how that will impact and what will change.

"The current impact is for now, for the future, it’s impossible to know. There’s no answer for the long-term, what we’ve seen for the short-term is how quickly things have changed around the world.”

Van Vleuten also said on the podcast she is not focused on the financial picture so much and will look to end her career after the road worlds in Wollongong in 2022. 

“I don't have to cash in the last years of my career. I especially want to enjoy and have the freedom to, for example, take a trip to Colombia and to fill in my own program a bit.

“(Worlds) would complete the circle. I rode my first world championships in Australia," van Vleuten says of the 2010 road worlds in Geelong.