Annemiek van Vleuten fell seriously in the Giro Rosa, the Tour of Italy for women. Van Vleuten made it clear shortly after the finish that she broke her left wrist, research in the hospital confirmed this.
The fracture puts an end to her Giro and most probably also to her ambitions to prolong the world title next week. On Friday, Van Vleuten will undergo surgery in the Netherlands.
Fall in the final kilometre
Several riders, including Van Vleuten and Marianne Vos, crashed in the final kilometre in Maddaloni, north of Naples. The Dutch world champion crossed the line with only one hand at the wheel, a battered shirt and a bloodstained chin
Last weekend Van Vleuten won the second stage, in which she took the lead in the general classification. She defended a lead of almost two minutes over the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma.
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Vos, winner of already three stages in the stage race, was not far ahead of Van Vleuten when a number of riders crashed. “We were riding in a descending line. It went very fast, we couldn’t avoid each other. I think it was a combination of stress before the last corner and wheels touching each other. Then it was a big domino
The consequences experienced by Vos seem to be less serious than those experienced by Van Vleuten. “I have some scrapes, but I think I was lucky
The Belgian Lotte Kopecky sprinted for the stage win in Maddaloni. Kopecky won the sprint for the British Lizzie Deignan.
Two riders went on an adventure early in the stage. Silvia Zanardi and Ainara Elbusto were five minutes ahead of the peloton. Fifty kilometres before the finish Ali Jackson, Mariia Novoldskaia and Aude Biannic joined the duo.
Novoldskaia tried it alone in the closing stages of the race, but was caught back in time for Kopecky, who won the stage win in 2017.