Annemiek van Vleuten takes silver medal after 'rollercoaster' build-up to World Championships

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)
Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) (Image credit: Getty Images)

On the eighth day, she raced. The reigning champion always stokes interest before a World Championships, but few have dominated the build-up quite like Annemiek van Vleuten ahead of Saturday’s women’s road race in Imola. Would she, or wouldn’t she?

When Van Vleuten fractured her left wrist in a crash on stage 7 of the Giro Rosa in Maddaloni just over a week ago, it looked as though she had just lost the two most prestigious jerseys in women’s cycling in one fell swoop: the pink jersey on her back and the rainbow jersey she would be defending in Imola.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.