Dutch mountain biker Annefleur Kalvenhaar dies after fall at World Cup event

Annefleur Kalvenhaar, 20, dies as a result of injuries after crashing during Méribel World Cup Eliminator rounds

Dutch mountain biker Annefleur Kalvenhaar has died after crashing during the qualifying rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country eliminator in Méribel, France.

Twenty-year-old Kalvenhaar fell during Friday’s racing, and was taken to Grenoble hospital where she was placed in intensive care. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) issued a statement that Kalvenhaar had passed away during Saturday morning.

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“I’m devastated to hear that the cycling family has lost one of its members at such a young age. Our deepest thoughts are with her family and friends,” said UCI president Brian Cookson.

Kalvenhaar was the current under-23 European cyclo-cross champion and rode for the Focus XC team.