Anna van der Breggen unsurprised by Annemiek van Vleuten's return to winning ways

Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten will both represent the Netherlands at the World Championships after the former won gold and the latter suffered a horror crash

Annemeik van Vleuten (far left) and Anna van der Breggen (far right) before the Olympic road race. Photo: Graham Watson

Despite the horror crash which ended Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten’s Olympic bid, teammate and eventual Gold medallist Anna van der Breggen was not surprised by her compatriot’s recovery.

Having dropped Mara Abbott (USA) on the descent, van Vleuten was leading the race and in a strong position to win gold. However she crashed on one of the tight bends which characterised the descent.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.