Knee fracture leaves Annemiek van Vleuten out of competition for six months
Oct 01 2018 10:27 pm CET

Knee fracture leaves Annemiek van Vleuten out of competition for six months
Knee fracture leaves Annemiek van Vleuten out of competition for six months
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten (The Netherlands) will stay out of competition for around six months to recover from the broken knee she suffered at the World Championships.

The Dutchwoman crashed at 50 kilometres into the road race of the Championships of Innsbruck and her chances for the race finished with the fall. She felt pain in the knee but it was after the race, when she was unable to walk, that she knew that things were worse than she thought.

Van Vleuten was diagnosed with a fracture in the tibial spine and now the recovery time starts for her. "It is just a bone fracture, so there is certainly from six to eight weeks for healing," she said to the show 'Peptalk' on Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport.

"The doctor estimated six months before I can ride my first race and my coach always says: it will take you three months for every three weeks off the bike to come back to the same level that you had."

This is the end of a successful season for Van Vleuten in which she won the Giro Rosa, La Course by the Tour de France and the Boels Ladies Tour. In addition, she extended her world title at the individual time trial last weekend.




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