UCI protects Olympics road race course after Annemiek van Vleuten crash

Cyclings world governing body, the UCI, has moved to defend the Olympic cycling course after a series of disintegrates in both the three men and womens road races in Rio de Janeiro

Cyclings world governing body, the UCI, has moved to defend the Olympic cycling course after a series of gate-crashes in both the three men and womens superhighway hastens in Rio de Janeiro. The most serious incident left the Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten in hospital with three fissures in her spine and concussion while the Australian cyclist Richie Porte suffered a ruined scapula.

The Rio 2016 road race course was carefully designed and was extensively tested at the test affair and in education, said here UCI. We do our utmost to design safe, challenging tracks but regrettably clangs do sometimes result due to a combination of factors.

Van Vleuten has tweeted from her infirmary bunk to say that she is OK but disappointed that best available razz of her busines conclude with a fright gate-crash in the final stages of the hasten. She said she hopes to leave the hospital on Monday.

The 33 -year-old was passing the peloton on the final ancestry of the 139.6 km race on Sunday when she went over her handlebars and landed headfirst after clipping the same kerb that also aimed Geraint Thomass race in the three men race on Saturday.

Spectators were horrified when the Dutch woman appeared to not be moving as she lay by the side of the road for several minutes waiting for help. A video posted by a member of the public on Facebook demonstrated her lying motionless as equestrians passed her down the hill with no immediate signed of medical help.

Early on Monday morning local meter Van Vleuten tweeted to say: I am now in the hospital with some injuries and ruptures, but will be fine. Most of all super disappointed after excellent hasten of my career.

Annemiek van Vleuten (@ AvVleuten) August 8, 2016

I am now in the hospital with some harms and fractures, but will be fine. Most of all super frustrated after better hasten of my career.

She afterward added: Still in the hospital. Waiting for some study[ and] hope I can leave today. Knowing that the matter is risk is 1 in 4 years, doesnt make it easy.

Annemiek van Vleuten (@ AvVleuten) August 8, 2016

Still in the hospital. Waiting for some experiment& hope I can leave today. Knowing that the matter is luck is 1 in four years, doesn’t make it easy.

Others were angry on her behalf, with the former Olympic gold medallist, Chris Boardman, advocating such courses was simply unsafe.

The Rio Olympic Road Course was excellent, one of, if not the best I have ever seen with all elements plowed, he pronounced. Even a ancestry as technical as that from Vista Chinesa was fantastic but its proximity to the finishing line and the medal on offer there, meant it was certain contestants would push it to and past the edge of the envelope in pursuit of glory.

Crashes are an inevitable and consented part of cycling, what is not acceptable is that such in-competition corrects should carry assure life-threatening consequences.

A 20 cm deep fall away at the edge of the road and sharp-witted concrete peripheries passing exposed for 99% of the swoop at a moment in the race where clangs were going to happen, was not acceptable. It should not have been signed off.

As much as I loved the course including that ancestry, if these jeopardies could not be managed – due to either overhead or practicalities – then the drop-off should not have been in the race let alone the final. To reiterate, my rage was not about crashes – which are inevitable and ordinary – it was the potential for avoidable misfortune if and when I rider did. The bets should not be that high to acquire a bike race.

I hope lessons were learned, this time we got away with it.

Having pulled clear of the American climbing expert Mara Abbott on the swoop of the 530 m Vista Chinesa on Sunday afternoon, Van Vleuten was defined for the victory of her career, with only 10 km to the finish. A three-time national Dutch champion, in the 2012 Game she came 14 th when her team-mate Marianne Vos prevailed gold.

Sundays crash was the second serious cycling collision she has suffered in the last 12 months. Precisely a year before the Olympic road race she was hit by a automobile while at the teams Livigno training camp in Italy. She digested multiple separated bones and a collapsed lung.

Coming towards the end of her working career, she has most recently been razzing for the Australian team, Orica. As well as racing she owns Annemiek van Vleuten ProVelo, which organises cycling clinics and presentations.

After Van Vleutens disintegrate, her team-mates waited nervously for report from the hospital. Gracie Elvin, an Australian who rides with her for Orica, read: Shes one of the most positive parties on our squad, shes been my biggest love this year and returned me lots of confidence. Sometimes shell even come up to me in a race and reply: Hey man, youre one of best available here, you are able win this hasten, and I affection that about her.

Shes super-tough, she was nearly killed last year when she was hit by a vehicle She recovered from that and is a really tough lady.

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