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Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten involved in horrifying crash while leading Olympic race


Van Vleuten to stay in intensive care for the next 24 hours [UPDATE: 8:03 p.m] 

Chief medical officer, Cees Rein van den Hoogenband told CNN Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten is now stable after a horrific cycling crash. 

"Annemiek went through a total CT scan and is stable now. She suffers from a heavy concussion but there were no further abnormalities seen on the scan. No internal bleeding or damage. She will stay in intensive care for the next 24 hours. She is fully conscious and her reactions are adequate. She also suffers from three minor fractures in her lumbar spine."

Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten was involved in a horrific crash while leading the women's road race at the Olympics. 

The 33-year-old old was 11 miles from the finish and had no one between her and a gold medal when the crash happened.

Rain had just started falling when van Vleuten lost control going around a bend. She flew head first off her bike and landed on a gutter, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. 

The Netherlands' cycling federation tweeted shortly after the race saying Van Vleuten was conscious and on the way to the hospital. 

Van Vleuten's teammate Anna van der Breggen went on to win the race. 

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