Annemiek van Vleuten, of the Netherlands, stands on the start line before the women's cycling road race at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (Bryn Lennon/Pool Photo via AP)
Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands was in the hospital with a fractured spine after a spectacular crash in the women’s Olympic road race Sunday that helped countrywoman Anna van der Breggen claim gold.
Van Vleuten was leading American rider Mara Abbott down the Vista Chinesa climb when she came to the last hard corner. Van Vleuten was taken to the hospital for tests that revealed three small fractures in her spine, the Dutch team said. She will remain in intensive care for at least 24 hours.
(Bryn Lennon/Pool Photo via AP)
Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali was leading that race when he crashed, breaking his collarbone.
The same descent claimed several other riders in the men’s race, though it appeared that van Vleuten was the only rider in the women’s field who crashed hard on it.