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’.
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.
I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine. Most of all super disappointed after best race of my career.
— Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) August 8, 2016