Officials on the Fuji International Speedway pulled Anna van der Breggen from her bike a day before the Olympic time trial is set to take place, Wielerflits reports. Van der Breggen was pre-riding the course with her teammate Annemiek van Vleuten in preparation for their second race in Toyko.
Apparently, the officials were not aware the Dutch riders are participants in the time trial event. Both Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten have held World Champion time trial titles and are both favourites for the win on Wednesday.
Fortunately, Van der Breggen was not injured in the incident and the officials have apologized to the reigning ITT world champion for the misunderstanding.
The Dutch cycling team has experienced a few bizarre incidents at the Olympic Games so far, including Mathieu van der Poel crashing in the cross country mountain bike race on Monday and Niek Kimmann colliding with a stray official during BMX training. Not to mention whatever happened in the women’s road race on Sunday, although that one had less to do with luck.
Note: Subsequent reports suggest this incident was overdramatised by a Japanese cycling team official. Anna van der Breggen claims she was merely stopped without warning, rather than pulled from her bike.