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A nasty fall in the third stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour last week saw Marianne Vos (WM3 Pro Cycling) along with several other riders hit the deck. The former multi-discipline world champion rode herself across the finish line, but her face showed that she was hurting.
At the hospital they found a fractured clavicle, forcing her to abandon the race.
Once home in The Netherlands, further examination concluded that while it’s a clean break, Vos is going to have to sit out the remainder of the month, meaning she will not be able to contest the Dutch national road race championships nor the 10-stage Giro Rosa in early July.
“The national championships is a real bummer. It was a good course and I was looking forward to it,” Vos tells Dutch media.
It’s been a rough season for Vos. After a dominant cyclocross season – in which she won the national title, several world cups and came in second at the World Championships in January – many expected Vos to be back to her old winning ways.
With a new team and a new set of races on the women’s calendar, the anticipation was high. But after just a few unsuccessful appearances in the early season, she pulled out of Tour of Flanders and Flèche Wallonne, and we didn’t see her resurface on the WorldTour stage until the Women’s Tour.
Steadily working on her fitness, Vos won smaller UCI events at home like the Trofee Maarten Wynants and the eponymous Marianne Vos Classic (a.k.a 7-Dorpenomloop Wijk en Aalburg), and was looking good at the Women’s Tour in Britain.
Supporting her teammate and race leader Kasia Niewiadoma, she came in second in the first two stages of the five-day event, and was sitting in second place of the GC before she was forced to abandon.
“My form was coming back so that’s a real shame [to be sidelined for the next 6 weeks], but it is what it is,” says Vos, who considers herself fortunate to have gotten away with ‘just’ a broken collarbone.
Hitting the deck at 60 km/h, the damage could have been much worse, says Vos.
“If you look at the impact of that crash, I came off relatively OK,” says Vos. “A broken collarbone is unfortunate but it could have been much worse…I hit my head pretty hard and I haven’t had any problems so that’s fortunate.”
Vos will now place her focus on the UCI Road World Championships in Norway this September, where she hopes to line up in excellent form.