Van Vleuten relieved to be able to pedal toward recovery after Paris-Roubaix Femmes crash

At the start of the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes, which didn't end as planned for Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar)
At the start of the first-ever Paris-Roubaix Femmes, which didn't end as planned for Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar) has had to battle back from injury often enough before, but there was no hiding the frustration in her initial reaction after the Paris-Roubaix Femmes crash – that left her with two fractures to her pelvis and a broken shoulder – when it looked like her recovery would mean being bed-ridden for weeks. Further assessment, however, has changed that outlook and now the Dutch rider is up and walking and even slowly pedalling on a home trainer.

The world’s number one ranked rider and Women’s WorldTour leader was first caught in an early crash at a wet and slippery Paris-Roubaix Femmes and, while out of contention, decided to continue on to experience the first-ever running of the Classic with the toughest of reputations. Then, however, while trying to avoid a later crash in front, she came down heavily which left her badly injured and seriously regretting the decision to continue on.

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