Annemiek van Vleuten speaks for first time after the terrifying crash

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Annemiek van Vleuten has spoken for the first time after her horror crash at the Rio Olympics

The Dutch cyclist revealed she has ‘some injuries and fractures’ as she tweeted from her hospital bed in intensive care. She also said she was ‘super disappointed’ by the crash, which left her in intensive care with three small spinal fractures.

Van Vleuten posted: “I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine. Most of all super disappointed after best race of my career.”

The 33-year-old was negotiating a tight right-hander when she went head over heels. She landed with her head in the gutter off the side of the road and was motionless after the crash.

Later a Dutch Olympic Committee official revealed she sustained “three small fractures in her spine, a heavy concussion and she has to stay on the intensive care overnight”.

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