Cycling: Van Vleuten to race in Road World Championships days after wrist fracture
GIRO ROSA (Reuters) – Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten will defend her UCI Road World Championships title in Imola on Saturday, days after she broke her left wrist in a crash riding for Mitchelton-Scott at the Giro Rosa.
Van Vleuten’s Mitchelton-Scott team mate Amanda Spratt was ruled out of the world championships after failing to recover from injuries sustained in the same crash at the Giro Rosa.
Australian Spratt, who had won bronze in the women’s road race last year, damaged her shoulder and suffered concussion.
Van Vleuten produced one of the greatest solo rides ever seen at the world championships to storm to victory in the women’s road race last year.