Laurine van Riessen had to get creative when she ran out of real estate in the Olympic velodrome.
The Dutch rider was shoved up the track by French rider Virginie Cueff in the women’s keirin, a sprint event where bumping is common among riders. But this was no little shove _ Cueff wound up sending van Riessen all the way into the outer wall, which she hopped up and rode several feet in an incredible save.
Another couple of inches and van Riessen would have run out of space on the wall, too. She was that close to hitting the metal railings and catapulting into the fans sitting alongside the backstretch.
— Sean Yates (@TrainSharpSean) August 13, 2016
Cueff wound up crashing while van Riessen stayed on her bike _ karma, perhaps?
Both riders were forced to go to the repechage, a last-chance qualifier where the winner advances to the next round. Van Riessen won her competition while Cueff was eliminated from the event in her race.
The women’s keirin title will be decided later Saturday night.