In a race made chaotic by the rain, Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten rode to glory in an exciting girls’s highway race on the Street World Championships in Australia on Saturday.
What made the 39-year-old’s gold all of the extra exceptional was that she competed within the 164.3km race with a fractured elbow after crashing in the course of the combined relay on Wednesday.
Van Vleuten, the Olympic time trial champion, was favourite earlier than her damage as she had already gained the inaugural Tour de France Femmes, Giro d’Italia Donne and Ceratzit Problem by La Vuelta this season.
She had not featured for a lot of the race, which completed in Wollongong, however driving via the ache she got here from behind and burst into the lead within the last 500m to say the rainbow jersey for the second time in her illustrious profession. Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky took silver, whereas Italy’s Silvia Persico gained bronze.
“I knew that I couldn’t dash due to my elbow so I knew that I needed to assault from behind, that was the one, solely, solely likelihood that I had,” the Movistar rider instructed reporters.
“I used to be ready and ready and ready for the sprinters to come back however they couldn’t catch me.
“It was hell. I couldn’t exit of the saddle due to my elbow and my legs had been exploding on the climbs. Usually, I actually prefer to exit of the saddle and assault.
“I had such a distinct plan earlier than I broke my elbow and now I win it within the final kilometre and I’m world champion.”