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.
Bryn Lennon / AP
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.
The crash sent her and her bike airborne; race officials immediately responded as she was unable to continue.
American Mara Abbott passed through the same curve as van Vleuten remained on the ground.