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Van Vleuten’s First Tweet After the Dramatic Crash in the Olympic Games Road Race

By Martin Mrazek

The Dutch pro Annemiek van Vleuten was in a 30-second lead in the final 12km of the women’s road race when she crashed on the Vista Chinesa descent. Everybody was worried about her condition, but she was reportedly conscious while being transported to the hospital.

The 33-year-old, like Vincenzo Nibali and Sergio Henao in the men’s race one day prior, crashed on the descent, and according to NOS.nl, suffered ’severe concussion and three fractures to her spine’.

USA's Mara Abbott (L) leads Netherlands' Annemiek Van Vleuten during the Women's road cycling race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
USA’s Mara Abbott (L) leads Netherlands’ Annemiek Van Vleuten during the Women’s road cycling race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Van Vleuten’s teammate Anna van der Breggen went on to claim the gold, beating Sweden’s Emma Johansson and Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini.

While most of us would probably be worried about our own health, Annemiek is mostly disappointed with the result of the race. We can understand that, but the ’will be fine’ part of her tweet is what we were happy to read most of all.