Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

August 8, 2016

In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Anna van der Breggen takes gold in women’s Olympic road race; Greg van Avermaet sprints to road gold at Rio Olympics; Alberto Contador fires Vuelta warning shot with Vuelta a Burgos victory; Amy Pieters takes Route de France lead with prologue victory; Rui Vinhas wins the Volta a Portugal; Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall; Porte, Nibali and Henao all suffer fractures in men’s Olympic road race; Brazilian drug testing programme was halted in Olympics lead-up; Russian athletes banned from the Rio Paralympics; Roadtripping the Mawson Trail – the film.

Annemiek van Vleuten crashes out of Olympic medal contention in horror fall

by Matt de Neef

As Annemiek van Vleuten descended off the Vista Chinesa climb in the closing kilometres of Sunday’s Olympic road race, it looked as if she was riding her way to a career-best victory. But when the Dutchwoman overshot a corner and crashed in horrific fashion, many onlookers feared for the worst.

The 33-year-old Orica-AIS rider flipped and landed on a raised gutter, laying motionless for several minutes as Mara Abbott and the eventual medal winners rode past her. News of Van Vleuten’s condition was slow to come through, but eventually official sources shared some good news: Van Vleuten was conscious and on her way to hospital for treatment.

Some hours later it was revealed that Van Vleuten had suffered three spinal fractures in the crash, as well as a concussion. She will stay in intensive care for at least 24  hours but it is not yet known how long recovery might take or what the crash might mean for her immediate riding future.

The CyclingTips and Ella teams wish Annemiek all the best for a full and speedy recovery.