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Annemiek van Vleuten Hit By Car In Italy

Annemiek van Vleuten was hospitalised yesterday after being hit by a car while out in training. The Dutch rider was undergoing a training camp in Livigno, Italy, in preparation for the final part of the season.

“The car did not see me coming and took a left turn. I was riding fast because I was doing TT training. My boyfriend Tom was luckily with me and saw it happening. The helicopter brought me to Sondalo hospital. I had an examination and they found a broken collarbone and three broken ribs. There was also risk for pneumothorax and I had surgery for that today to inflate the lung again.”

Van Vleuten was disappointed after the incident but also looked on the bright side. “I am very disappointed because I was preparing very well for the last part of the season and was feeling great. On the other hand I was very lucky that it was only this and I am still alive. This is something I can handle and will be ok and take some time out.”

Please send her your well wishes on social media. Find her on Twitter here.



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