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Lindsey Vonn ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ as she sports gruesome scar

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Lindsey Vonn has come back from far worse than this.

The 2010 Olympic downhill champion repeatedly showed her determination to overcome her latest setback in social media posts, in the three days after severely fracturing her humerus bone in her right arm in a training crash.

It’s unknown how long Vonn will be out, but her ski technician said she hopes to be back at the end of January, before the world championships in February, according to Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Teammate Mikaela Shiffrin wondered Saturday if Vonn might be able to return in time for her favorite races, this first weekend of December in Lake Louise, Alberta.

“That’s the thing about Lindsey, she goes really hard,” Shiffrin said after winning the first World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday. “That’s she wins so many races and why, probably, she will probably break the record for all-time victories. It’s sort of a matter of when, not a matter of if. She’ll heal. I hope she’s not in too much pain. But I think she’s a very tough athlete. Sometimes, I think that rest is only good for her. If she gets a little rest. She knows how to ski.”

This adds to Vonn’s already extensive injury history.

Before the season started without her, Vonn’s stated goal was to close in on the record for World Cup victories of 86 held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.

Vonn is at 76 wins after last season, when she suffered three left knee fractures in a Feb. 27 super-G crash in Andorra, ending her campaign three weeks early.

There are 15 combined downhills and super-Gs on the World Cup schedule this season. Vonn won eight races two seasons ago and nine races last season. Obviously, any missed races due to the broken arm increase the chances her pursuit of Stenmark will last into the Olympic season.

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Annemiek van Vleuten wins La Course with epic comeback (video)

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Annemiek van Vleuten, the cyclist who returned from a horrific Rio Olympic road race crash to become world champion, repeated as La Course winner with an epic last-kilometer comeback on Tuesday.

Van Vleuten sprinted from several seconds behind countrywoman Anna van der Breggen to win the one-day race, including four categorized climbs, contested on part of the Tour de France stage 10 course later that day.

“With 300 meters to go, I still thought I got second, and then I saw her dying,” Van Vleuten said, adding later, according to Cyclingnews.com, “With 500 meters to go my team director in the car gave up and stopped cheering for me.”

In Rio, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped over into a ditch during the road race. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.

She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.

Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title, while van Vleuten returned quick enough to race at the October 2016 World Championships.

Van Vleuten, 35, won her first world title 13 months after the Rio Games, taking the time trial crown ahead of van der Breggen by 12 seconds. She also won the 10-stage Giro Rosa that concluded on Sunday.

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Greg Van Avermaet triples Tour de France lead in first mountain stage

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Belgian Greg Van Avermaet more than tripled his Tour de France overall lead in the first day in the mountains on Tuesday, but Wednesday may be his last day in the yellow jersey.

Julian Alaphilippe became the first Frenchman to win a stage in this year’s Tour, claiming the 10th stage that included three first-category climbs and a beyond-category climb but ended with a descent and the contenders together in the peloton.

Van Avermaet finished fourth, 1:44 behind Alaphilippe. More importantly, Van Avermaet crossed the Grand-Bornand finish line 1:39 ahead of a group that included most of the main contenders to top the podium in Paris on July 29.

The Olympic road race champion increased his overall lead from 43 seconds to 2:22.

Van Avermaet has worn the maillot jaune for a week straight, but he is not a climber, and the biggest test of the Tour thus far is imminent.

“No disrespect, but he’s not going to win the Tour,” said Team Sky’s¬†Geraint Thomas, who is in second place.

The Tour continues with stage 11, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold on Wednesday (full broadcast schedule here). The 67-mile stage starts in the 1992 Winter Olympic host Albertville and includes two beyond-category climbs. It concludes with a category-one summit at La Rosière.

“Tomorrow’s a climber’s day,” Van Avermaet said. “It will be super hard to keep [the yellow jersey]. … Tomorrow it will be over.”

Chris Froome, eyeing a record-tying fifth Tour de France title, is best placed of the pre-Tour favorites.

Froome is in sixth place and 3:21 behind Van Avermaet. Froome is followed by Spaniard Mikel Landa in the same time and 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali another six seconds back.

Colombian Rigoberto Uran, the 2017 Tour runner-up, finished 2:36 behind the group with Froome, Landa and Nibali.

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