Annemiek Van Vleuten Suffers Spine Fractures During Olympic Women’s Cycling Crash: Update
This was the worst thing to have happened to an athlete during an event like Olympics. No one thought that the women’s road cycling race during the ongoing Olympics 2016 will end so tragically for Annemiek van Vleuten.
One of the best road cycling racers in the world as far as women cyclists are concerned, Annemiek van Vleuten has many achievements to her credit.
The 33-year old has been a permanent fixture at top of the line sporting events across the globe. During the 2012 Summer Olympics she along with Ellen van Dijk, Marianne Vos and Loes Gunnewijk represented her national team, the Netherlands in the Women’s road race at the, which was won by Vos. She did extremely well during the 2015 European Games where she won a bronze medal.
In the meantime the Dutch cyclist is in intensive care right now after a horrific crash near the end of the Rio Olympics’ women’s road cycling race on Sunday.
It must be added here when the tragedy hit her, she was leading the race. Vleuten was leading the race with about 12 kilometers left when her back tire appeared to skid out during a descent down the Vista Chinesa. Her bike flipped over along the side of the road; her head hitting the pavement, her back crushing along the curb. The momentum eventually flipped her body again, and she remained motionless with her stomach on the curb. This is the worst tragedy in the ongoing Olympics till now and one of the worst as far as women’s cycling is concerned in more than a decade.
Annemiek van Vleuten was taken to a local hospital where Rio Olympic officials initially said she was in stable condition. The Royal Dutch Cycling Federation tweeted that van Vleuten suffered a “heavy concussion and three small fractures in her lumbar spine.” The federation reported she is conscious and talking. In a tweet from her hospital bed she said, “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”.