Rio 2016: Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten says 'I'll be fine' after horror crash

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten has reassured Olympic road race fans that she'll be "fine" after a shocking crash at Rio 2016.

The 33-year-old was taken to hospital with concussion and three fractures to her lower back following the horrendous downhill crash when she was leading with 10km to go.

Van Vleuten's compratiot Anna van der Breggen went on to win a dramatic gold in a sprint at Copacabana beach, and the injured Van Vleuten sent her congratulations.

Van der Breggen had to pass the fallen Van Vleuten as she navigated the tough final downhill of the 137km course, saying: "It looked pretty bad. I thought she was dead."

Anna van der Breggen celebrates victory in the Women's Road Race on the second day of the Rio Olympics Games (Mike Egerton/PA)
Anna van der Breggen crosses the line in the women's road race (Mike Egerton/PA)

The gold medallist and the other Dutch team members said it was hard to focus on the victory after the crash but they were proud of their performance.

Cycling's world governing body has defended the course, where there were also dramatic scenes as men's road race leader Vincenzo Nibali crashed out on the descent 24 hours earlier.

Anna van der Breggen with her Olympic gold medal after the women's road race at Rio 2016 (Mike Egerton/PA)
Anna van der Breggen with her gold medal (Mike Egerton/PA)

The UCI said in a statement: "The Rio 2016 road race course was carefully designed and was extensively tested at the test event and in training.

"We do our utmost to design safe, challenging courses but unfortunately crashes do sometimes occur due to a combination of factors."

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