Injured Annemiek van Vleuten travels to Imola with hopes to defend rainbow jersey at World Championships

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands)
Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) hopes to defend world title in elite women's road race Saturday (Image credit: Getty Images)

The suspense continues to build ahead of the 2020 UCI Road World Championships as Annemiek van Vleuten considers whether she will toe the start line at the elite women's road race on Saturday in Imola, Italy. 

The defending champion thought she was sidelined from the event after fracturing her wrist in a crash at the Giro Rosa last week, however, following an operation and a specially-fitted brace, she believes that she may have recovered enough to compete in the elite women's 143km road race this weekend.

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.