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Olympics: Van Vleuten in intensive care after serious crash in road race

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Van der Breggen expressed concern for her teammate after the finish.

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After viewing the crash, Boardman had said: "I'm actually quite angry about it because I looked at the road furniture and thought nobody can crash here and get up". "This was way past technical, this was risky".

On Sunday night, Annemiek Van Vleuten tweeted an update after crashing, and while the Olympian has got to be devastated the Rio Games ended this way for her, it sounds like she's recovering from the crash some observers thought could have been fatal.

Her head and upper back smashed into the gutter on the side of the road.

The Dutch rider suffered severe concussion and three small fractures in her lower after coming off her bike on a bend, the 33-year-old flipping over her handlebars as she led the race.

But her dreams of winning gold in the race were dashed when she was left injured, with fans fearing the worst as she lay motionless on the ground.

Van Vleuten attacked on the second part of the climb and distanced even American Mara Abbott (Wiggle-High5), a two-time Giro Rosa victor and considered the best female climber in the world.

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With the race continuing despite the crash, viewers were left concerned for Annemiek when no pictures of her or news of her condition emerged.

Australia's best finisher was Amanda Spratt in 15th, four minutes behind the victor. Stevens, a 2001 graduate of Acton-Boxboro Regional High School, will compete in a second Olympic event, the women's time trial, on Wednesday.

Before the Summer Olympics even started in Rio de Janeiro, there were a slew of problems regarding the health and overall security of the athletes - but sometimes accidents just happen. Not only that, another cyclist broke their shoulder blade on the same section during the penultimate descent.

The Australians had ridden well until the decisive Vista Chinesa climb, where the race exploded.

None of them could go with the leaders, but they were in good company.

Several men crashed on it in their race Saturday.

She nearly did not get to compete in Rio after missing three doping tests over the past year, but she successfully challenged one of them in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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