Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 10, 2016

In Wednesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fournier wins photo finish in Route de France, stage 3; Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten; Australian women’s team pursuit squad crashes in training; UCI defends Olympics road race course; Sondre Holst Enger to AG2R La Mondiale; Timmer, Stamsnijder extend with Giant-Alpecin; Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics; Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States; Study: Pro cyclists better at resisting mental fatigue; Police: Cyclist at fault in deadly collision; Dan Craven ‘live-tweets’ during Olympic road race; Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again; Actress Leslie Jones on the women’s road race finish

Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten

by Jeanine Laudy

A day after the Olympic road race, which saw her teammate and compatriot Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv, the Netherlands) take gold in a three-woman-sprint, Marianne Vos chases after fellow cyclists in the Olympic village, holding two orange papers in her hand.

Vos had a bad night’s sleep on Sunday night, with the mixed emotions from Van der Breggen’s win and the horrible crash just kilometers before of her other compatriot and former teammate Annemiek van Vleuten. Vos is seeking consolation messages for Van Vleuten, who’s still in hospital with a severe concussion and three spinal fractures. She stayed in intensive care for at least 24 hours.

“After she crashed, she was on her own in a Brazil hospital,” Vos tells Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “She was well aware of the fact she just lost Olympic gold. We were all very happy to hear that she was doing okay, but all she felt was disappointment.”

Arriving back in the Olympic village after the road race, Vos and Van Vleuten had a little chat over the phone. “The fact she missed Olympic gold will haunt her for some time to come. It’s a disappointment, a big pain that has to wear off slowly. Not a single word or gesture could take that away,” says Vos.

The heartfelt messages on Vos’ orange papers are all of praise. The Polish women write down  “You were the star of this Olympic road race”, while Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5, USA) confesses that she was “proud to have been in the lead with you in this race”.

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