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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.
The Vista Chinesa descent proved treacherous across the weekend with riders in both the women’s and men’s Olympic road races coming unstuck on the technical 6km section of road.
In the men’s road race, Australian hopeful Richie Porte’s race was over when he crashed, breaking his shoulderblade. He will miss the Olympic time trial as a result. And in crashes that almost certainly decided the medals, Vincenzo Nibali and Sergio Henao also left the race with fractures, Nibali with breaks to both collarbones, and Henao with a fracture to his iliac crest (pelvis) and trauma to his chest.
“He will not have complications,” said Colombian doctor Juan Carlos Quiceno of Henao’s injuries. “It’s a fracture that is no major problem. It will hurt for around four weeks, but it’s not a joint it is near a tendon. It’s not a serious inconvenience. In around 15 days, when the pain begins to pass, he will be able to return to the bike.”
Geraint Thomas and Nelson Oliveira also crashed on the Vista Chinesa descent which the riders tackled three times during the 236km road race. Neither rider sustained any fractures or other serious injuries.
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