Road WC: Annemiek van Vleuten competes despite a broken elbow

Annemiek van Vleuten celebrates on stage
Van Vleuten has won all three Grand Tours this season
Meeting point: Wollongong, Australia Dates: 18-25 September
Coverage: Live coverage on Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website and app plus highlights on BBC Two

Annemiek van Vleuten will race in the women’s road race at the Road World Championships in Australia on Saturday despite a broken elbow.

Doctors said the Olympic time trial champion, 39, is ready to compete after a crash during Wednesday’s mixed relay.

Movistar’s Van Vleuten previously won the WC title in 2019.

The Dutchman was favorite after winning the Tour de France Femmes, Giro d’Italia Donne and Ceratizit Challenge of La Vuelta this season.

“The training sessions of the past few days showed sufficient recovery [for Van Vleuten] to be able to ride,” said the Dutch federation.

After the crash, Van Vleuten shared a light-hearted message, confirming the fracture was stable, but said riding on Saturday would depend “on pain and the need to be sensible”.

Great Britain’s hopes are led by Pfeiffer Georgi and Anna Henderson, with Anna Shackley, Lizzie Holden, Elynor Backstedt and GB debutant Alice Towers also competing.

That The 2022 Road Cycling World Championships began on September 18 in Wollongong, Australia.

The road races will be streamed live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

BBC coverage schedules (all times BST)

  • Saturday 24 September – Women’s Road Race 03:15 BST-08:40. Live on Red Button, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website
  • Saturday 24 September – Women’s Road Race Highlights 14:45-1600 on BBC Two
  • Sunday 25 September – men’s road race 01:05-08:10. Live on red button, iPlayer and BBC Sport website, with highlights 14:30-1545 on BBC Two.

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