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Crashed Dutch cyclist updates condition: “Most of all super disappointed”

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Her crash was scary, and some of the reports that followed up were even worse.

But Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten wants you to know she’s going to be okay after smashing off the course on the perilous descent of the women’s road race at the Olympics on Sunday.

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Van Vleuten had a healthy lead on Team USA’s Mara Abbott before the crash. Initial reports had her “conscious and responsive”, but Netherlands Cycling had an update.

From Sky Sports:

After being taken to hospital for checks, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) confirmed that Van Vleuten was conscious and communicating but had sustained concussion and three fractures to her spine. It added that she would have to be kept in intensive care overnight.

The KNWU tweeted: “Update Annemiek van Vleuten: heavy concussion and three small fractures in her lumbar spine. She continues another 24 hours on i.c. She is conscious and talking.”

The 33-year-old took to Twitter to sort everyone out late last night, and updated folks early this morning. Both updates on her physical condition showed the disappointment of competition as well.

Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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