Dutch rider in horror Olympic crash just made an amazing return

Posted on: September 6th, 2016

Annemiek van Vleuten just moments before suffering a horrendous crash in the closing stages of the Olympic Games road race. She’s come back with a bang; this time the positive kind!


While we saw some awesome racing on road at track at the Olympic Games, one of the images that will stick with fans of the sport was that of Annemiek van Vleuten crashing in the women’s road race in horrible circumstances.

The Dutch woman was leading the race solo coming down the final climb when she got her line wrong into a sweeping bend in the slippy surface and went down hard while riding flat out.

The concrete kerbing along the side of the road didn’t help her as she slammed into it and was left motionless on the roadside, all captured live in TV as the worldwide audience looked on.

However, while she suffered three cracked vertebrae along with cuts and bruises to her face and an ample dose of road rash, she’s back on her bike and has even been racing.

And today she showed what she’s made of, bouncing back in spectacular fashion from her spill just four weeks ago by winning the prologue time trial in the Lotto Belgium Tour.

In the 4.1km test she was well ahead of the rest, taking victory in a time of 5mins 24secs some 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv).

Van Vleuten was back in the colours of Orica-AIS for the four-stage race in Belgium.

Lisa Brennauer (Canyon-SRAM) was 3rd a further second down, with Lucinda Brand (Rabo-Liv) next on the same time.

Former world and Olympic champion Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) was 5th, 9 seconds down on Van Vleuten, with whom she was riding on the Dutch national team in Rio.