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by Shane Stokes
April 24, 2018
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For years she dominated women’s cycling: more recently, Marianne Vos has had considerable frustrations and disruptions. The latest sidelining of Vos occurred when she crashed in Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday. She fell before the Roche-Aux-Faucons climbs and fractured her collarbone.
“La Redoute was tough, I must say, but we [the team] were doing all right. It was going hard in the run-up to the next climb, the Roche-Aux-Faucons as everyone wanted to be well positioned. There was a crash on the left-side of the road in a short descent. I was on the other side and saw Jeanne (Korevaar, red.) take a tumble in a soft turn to the right. The group was startled which made me crash and roll-over, landing on my right-hand side.”
Remarkably, Vos was still able to limp in a respectable 56th. “A rider wants to keep going and so do I,” she explained. “I got up after the crash and the pain was not too bad. I switched bikes at the team car and continued the race. I noticed that pulling on the handlebar did not go very well. I felt at that moment that something was not right.”
Vos was checked in the team bus and then in a hospital in Maastrict. Once the fracture was confirmed, she underwent surgery on Sunday evening in Amersfoort. She believes she might be able to start using the indoor trainer in a few days.
Vos will be sidelined from competition for the next four weeks, but believes a planned altitude training block in the second half of May can still go ahead. After that, she will return to racing. “It is expected that I can pick up where I left off somewhere in June. It’s disappointing that things don’t go as planned – I was nicely easing into the pace – but fortunately, the season is still long.”