Rio 2016: Van der Breggen triumphs after Van Vleuten crashes in women's road race


Anna van der Breggen claimed gold in the women's road race after fellow Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten suffered a sickening crash with a little over 11 kilometres remaining.

Van Vleuten came off on one of the many turns on the sharp descent towards the end of the 136.9km route, going over her handlebars and appearing to strike the ground head first.

Mara Abbott of the United states was able to pass the incident unscathed and led until the final few hundred meters, when Van der Breggen seized her opportunity to cross the line first.

Sweden's Emma Johansson was second, with Elisa Longo Borghini taking third and Abbott missing out on the podium.