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Rio Olympics: Dutch Cyclist Annamiek van Vleuten OK After Scary Crash in Final Leg of Competition

by CBS News 4:00 PM PDT, August 07, 2016
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Clyclist Annamiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands was in the lead, holding off a pack of challengers in the final stages of the women's road race on Sunday on Copacabana beach, before suffering a scary crash during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Van Vleuten was trying to make a quick, right turn on a steep corner, but was going a bit too fast. She toppled over the front of her handle bars and hit her head on the pavement. Thankfully, she was wearing a helmet and was somehow unharmed.

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BBC presenter Dan Walker tweeted that the 33-year-old cyclist was "OK," nothing she was "conscious but in shock say the Dutch federation."

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The Unicon Cycliste International gave an update on her condition via Twitter, saying, ".@AvVleuten continues to be under examination but apparently no serious medical problem. Thank you to all medical staff and UCI Commissaires."

You can see the crash here. Her teammate Anna van der Breggen won the gold medal after a furious chase down the home stretch of the race.

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