Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 9, 2016

In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton wins Tour of Utah in stunning finale; Bujak wins Route de France stage 1; Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race; With Tour of Utah winner Lachlan Morton, there’s more than meets the eye; Lucinda Brand signs with Liv-Plantur; Frank to AG2R La Mondiale for two years; Successful surgery for Nibali; Henao ordered to rest in lieu of surgery after Rio crash; Ironman Boulder athlete killed by vehicle during cycling leg of race; Military explodes suspicious bag at finish during men’s road race; Researchers studying cycling to speed intensive care recovery; Tour of Utah recap video; Bike commuter nearly crashes out breakaway

Annemiek van Vleuten OK but disappointed after horrific crash in women’s Olympic road race

by VeloClub

Everyone who watched the Olympic women’s road race watched in agony as a horrific crash by Annemiek van Vleuten ended her chance for a gold medal. The TV moto had not been able to follow her on the first part of the technical descent as she had dropped Mara Abbott with her speed. In a cruel irony it was only just after the TV moto had caught up to the Dutch rider that she overshot a corner, flipping over her handlebars and crashing onto the curb for millions to see.

For what seemed like an eternity her condition was unknown. Thankfully, news finally replace rampant rumors that she was conscious and heading to hospital. She Tweeted Monday morning that she was okay.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

For viewers everywhere, Van Vleuten’s crash was a horrible thing to witness. For her compatriots and friends in the race, it was the worst. Her Dutch teammates had a lot of mixed emotions at the finish as they won gold yet feared for Van Vleuten.

“You came through that corner and all you saw was something orange. It was scary. I didn’t know who it was,” said compatriot Marianne Vos. “I think everyone saw her lying there and it did not look good. There is nothing you can do at that moment and so just hope for the best. It’s good to hear that Annemiek is OK.”

In a statement from the team, gold-medalist Anna van der Breggen said she had a hard time getting back into the race after seeing her teammate by the side of the road.

“We saw Annemiek lie there and it did not look good. It took a while before I could switch [back to racing]. Only when Emma Johansson said, “Let’s do it for Annemiek’ I was able to turn the switch,” said Van der Breggen

At the finish, the Dutch team’s tireless domestique, Ellen van Dijk, had mixed emotions. She had come in a little while after the leading riders to learn that her team had won gold. Yet she too had seen someone in orange by the side of the road.

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