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Dutch cyclist van Vleuten “conscious and responsive” after scary 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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While many were reveling or struggling with the thrilling finish to the women’s road race, the fortunes of injured Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten weren’t far from viewers’ minds.

And there’s good news on that front, as the Associated Press reports that Van Vleuten is conscious and responsive after the terrible crash that sent Team USA’s Mara Abbott home free for all but 150m of the final 10km.

The crash came on the same wild descent that cost Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali a broken collarbone on Saturday.

From the AP:

Van Vleuten was leading American rider Mara Abbott down the Vista Chinesa climb when she came to the last hard corner. She appeared to lock up her brakes and skidded into the curb on the outside of it, crashing to the ground in an eerily similar scene to the men’s race the previous day.

Glad to hear she’s responsive, as it looked quite bad.

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