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Van Vleuten hit by car in Italy

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Annemiek Van Vleuten (Bigla Pro Cycling)

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Bigla Pro Cycling) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Annemiek van Vleuten on the prologue podium.

Annemiek van Vleuten on the prologue podium. (Image credit: Sean Robinson/Velofocus)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage 3 of the Giro Rosa

Annemiek van Vleuten wins stage 3 of the Giro Rosa (Image credit: Giro Rosa)
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Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Annemiek van Vleuten of Bigla Pro Cycling Team is in hospital in Italy after being hit by a car whilst at the team’s Livigno training camp. She suffered multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung.

"A car driver didn’t see me, took a turn and hit me off my bike”, the 32-year-old wrote on her personal website. "The result is that I now lie here with three broken ribs and a broken collarbone. I also suffered a collapsed lung due to the broken ribs. They already helped me for that in the hospital."

“I had a very good feeling while training here and felt good. Of course this is very sour, but I am glad that I'm relatively okay and that the accident doesn’t caused lasting effects.”

She will stay in hospital for a few days before returning to the Netherlands, where “I will make a recovery plan together with my doctors."

There have been a number of such training accidents this year. Most recently, Laurens ten Dam (LottoNL-Jumbo) suffered a broken vertebra after being hit by a car earlier this week.

Van Vleuten has had a stellar 2015 season so far, winning the prologue of the Giro Rosa and Euskal Emakumeen Bira, taking a bronze medal at the European Games time trial in Baku, and landing on the podium of the La Flèche Wallonne Féminine and Festival Luxembourgeois du cyclisme féminin Elsy Jacobs.

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