Annemiek van Vleuten undergoes surgery after top ten finish in World Championship road race

The Dutch rider came down 90km from the finish but still finished seventh

Annemiek van Vleuten has undergone surgery after a crash at the World Championships (Photo by Luca Bettini-Pool/Getty Images)

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Annemiek van Vleuten has undergone surgery for a broken knee sustained on the way to a top ten finish in the women’s World Championship road race.

The Dutch rider came down 90km from the line on Saturday, but still rode to a seventh place finish.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.