A Cyclist Suffered A Horrific Crash In The Women’s Road Race

Dutch woman Anniemiek van Vleuten had been leading the race when she lost control in a curve and was thrown into the air.

Anniemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands was a favorite to take the gold Sunday in the women’s cycling road race when she crashed severely.

Anniemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands was a favorite to take the gold Sunday in the women’s cycling road race when she crashed severely.

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The 33-year-old was the lone rider in the lead at kilometer 116 when she went into a curve and lost control.

The 33-year-old was the lone rider in the lead at kilometer 116 when she went into a curve and lost control.

As the road began to descend toward the finish line, rain was reported.

The final kilometers presented a fast and technical descent for riders. Van Vleuten was about 10 kilometers from the finish line — and a gold medal — when her bike began to skid.

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The crash sent her and her bike airborne; race officials immediately responded as she was unable to continue.

The crash sent her and her bike airborne; race officials immediately responded as she was unable to continue.

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American Mara Abbott passed through the same curve as van Vleuten remained on the ground.

American Mara Abbott passed through the same curve as van Vleuten remained on the ground.

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