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Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) of Netherlandsin the background before her crash.  REUTERS

Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) of Netherlandsin the background before her crash. REUTERS

Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) of Netherlandsin the background before her crash. REUTERS

In an absolutely horrifying crash, Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten came off her bike headfirst while leading the women’s race in Rio.

Van Vleuten who, according to Dutch TV, is now conscious, was navigating an acute turn on the slanted descent when came off her mount head over heels.

Landing horribly, with her head in a gutter, Van Vleuten, very worryingly, did not move at all in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

It was a near identical repeat from the men’s equivalent yesterday, which saw Vincenzo Nibali come off his bike as he led the race.

Van Vleuten’s compatriot, Anna van der Breggen, ultimately won the gold medal.

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