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Annemiek van Vleuten out of world championships after Giro Rosa crash

Annemiek van Vleuten

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands stands on the start line prior to the Women’s Road Race on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Annemiek van Vleuten will miss next week’s world road cycling championships after breaking her left wrist in a crash at the Giro Rosa stage race in Italy on Thursday.

Van Vleuten, a 37-year-old from the Netherlands, will not defend her world title in the road race.

She’s also a two-time world champion in the time trial. Last year, she placed third behind American Chloé Dygert and Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen in the race of truth at worlds in Great Britain.

In this Olympic cycle, van Vleuten returned to the top of cycling after a horrific crash in the Rio Olympic road race.

She suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped into a ditch while leading with about seven miles to go.

The world championships air live on Olympic Channel next week from Imola, Italy. The women’s time trial is Thursday and road race is Saturday.

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