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Healing Dutch Olympic cyclist Van Vleuten posts crash recovery photo

Cycling - Road - Olympics: Day 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands prepares to start 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 managed a smile for the Internet, thanking the world for its support after her horrific crash on descent at the women’s road race.

Van Vleuten, 30, was leading the race by a healthy margin when she skidded off a turn and crashed hard, allowing second-place American rider Mara Abbott to pass her.

She was reportedly “responsive and conscious”, but concerns were raised when it emerged that she was hospitalized in intensive care.

Van Vleuten took to Twitter later that night and early the next morning to tell fans she was spiritually stung but would physically be fine.

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