Annemiek van Vleuten crash update: Cyclists posts photo

August 10, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Annemiek van Vleuten, who suffered a horrible crash during the Women’s road cycling race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, shared a picture of herself where she revealed that she is doing well.

Annemiek van Vleuten crash

Annemiek van Vleuten is doing well after her epic crash and here is the picture to prove it. On Sunday, the Netherlands’ cycling sensation was about to win the Women’s road cycling race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when she suffered a horrific crash.

Just 11 kilometers from claiming a gold medal, Van Vleuten flew head first over her handlebars and landed on the road. Many feared for Van Vleuten’s life.

In a statement released by the Dutch cycling federation, it was revealed that Van Vleuten had been taken to the hospital and was being treated for a heavy concussion and three minor fractures in her spine. The statement went on to say:

“She will stay in intensive care for the next 24 hours. She is fully conscious and her reactions are adequate.”

Tuesday, she shared a picture that revealed her bruises, scars, and a big smile. The Dutchwoman captioned the photo:

“Thanks for all the messages. Hard to deal with my disappointment but also proud about our performance #teamNL.”

Anna van der Breggen eventually won the race, but immediately told reporters that her thoughts were with her fellow Dutchwoman Van Vleuten. She said:

“I was really shocked when I saw the crash and it didn’t look good but I had to focus and keep on with the race. I am so happy with the gold. All three of us realized we had to pull because the medals were in play. We saw that Mara Abbott was getting weaker and we gave it our all. It was everything for the win.”

The video of Annemiek van Vleuten’s crash has gone viral with close to three million views in two days.


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