Rib fracture disrupts Marianne Vos’ return to racing

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In an announcement issued by her Rabo Liv team, Marianne Vos revealed that she has sustained a rib fracture, likely from a crash during a recon ride of the Ötztaler Forest Cross in Haiming, Austria. Vos competed in the mountain bike race on Sunday, finishing in 16th place.

It has been a winter and spring filled with uncertainty and frustration for the 12-time multi-discipline world champion. Vos sustained a hamstring injury in December that inarguably played a role in losing out on a sixth straight cyclocross world champion title. The seven-time cyclocross world champion ceded the rainbow jersey to trade teammate Pauline Ferrand-Prévot in late January.

Following the Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, Vos did not race again until she lined up for the Rabobank Bikecenter VANTUYL Paasbike mountain bike race in early April. The delayed start was meant to allow Vos to recover fully from the self-described over-use injury.

Ella CyclingTips spoke to Vos the day before she made her 2015 road racing debut at the Ronde van Gelderland. In a conversation with consulting editor Anne-Marije Rook, Vos expressed how difficult it has been for her to miss out on nearly three months of competition and how happy she was to return to racing. The latest setback undoubtedly feels a bit cruel on the heels of ten weeks sitting sideline.

With only one road race in her legs this year, Vos had planned to line-up for the Festival Elsy Jacobs this weekend. She is a three-time winner (2011-2013) of the three day stage race in Luxembourg and finished second to teammate Anna van der Breggen last year. The broken rib necessitates a change in plans. Vos will sit out Elsy Jacobs.

“Yes, it’s indeed a bit of a bummer,” Rabo Liv team manager Eric van de Boom told Ella CyclingTips. “But it’s not too serious of an injury – a clean break to just one rib. It is, however, painful and therefore [Vos] won’t be able to race. But with some rest, she’ll be back in no time.”

The Rabo Liv team statement (in Dutch only) indicates that Vos will recover for one week and that her medical team will reassess her injury and plans for rehabilitation after the weekend.

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