Rio 2016: Van Vleuten allays injury fears after horror crash


Netherlands' Annemiek van Vleuten insists she "will be fine" following her horror crash at the end of the women's road race at Rio 2016.

Van Vleuten, who was leading heading into the closing stages of Sunday's race, came off her bike at high speed on the final descent and landed awkwardly to prompt fears over her well-being.

The Royal Dutch Cycling Union (KNWU) initially confirmed the 33-year-old was "okay" and conscious, before going on to reveal Van Vleuten had suffered concussion and three minor fractures to her lower spine.

Another update was subsequently provided via Van Vleuten's official Twitter account.

"I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine," she said. 

"Most of all [I am] super disappointed after [the] best race of my career."

Van Vleuten's compatriot, Anna van der Breggen, went on to claim gold on Sunday.