The light is still green. Annemiek van Vleuten will start Saturday’s road race after breaking his stable elbow in a fall in the mixed relay. Extra Time Koers decided that common sense (probably) should prevail.
It’s not the first time for Annemiek van Vleuten on Saturday. At the 2018 World Championships in Innsbruck, she suffered a serious fall that broke her knee and saw her finish seventh.
This time, it’s “only” a matter of a “stable elbow fracture” after an unlucky day in a mixed relay, but it’s an incident that evokes mixed feelings for Lotte Kopecky.
“That’s Annemiek van Vleuten. You can’t ignore her,” says the Belgian leader.
“But somewhere it’s twice as much. If you want more safety in a race, you start with a broken elbow, which means your reaction speed slows down a lot. I think it’s twice as much. .”
If you want more safety in your race, you start with a broken elbow. In other words, the reaction speed is greatly reduced. I think it’s double.
Kopecky may have been a little cynical, but the message was clear. Is it safe to race with an injury like that? Can you start Van Vleuten?
“Lawson Craddock once was on the back of the Tour with a broken wrist.
“In the Tour they make it a martyr,” added Jan Bacherant.
What does Adrie van der Poel think about security issues? “If you can’t race functionally, you’ll have to make the smart decisions yourself.”
“You must not be a danger to anyone else. You must be consistent with serious falls. Go home.”
“The final decision must be left to the match doctor,” Jan Bekrantz concluded the discussion. “This way he can view the files and make decisions.”
|Program and Results 2022 World Cycling Championships|
|Sunday 18th September||Time Trial Women’s Elite||34.2 kg||1:35 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.||Ellen Van Dyke (Ned)||report|
|time trial men elite||34.2 kg||5:40am – 9:00am||Tobias Foss (Noo)||report|
|Monday, September 19th||Time Trial Male Promise||28.8 kg||5:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.||Soren Wærenskjold (Noo)||report|
|Tuesday, September 20th||Time Trial Women’s Junior||14.1 kg||1:30am – 3:00am||Zoe Backstead (GBr)||report|
|time trial men junior||28.8 kg||5:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.||Joshua Tarling (GBr)||report|
|Wednesday, September 21st||mixed redemption||28.2 kg||6:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.||Switzerland||report|
|Friday, September 23rd||road race men junior||135.6 kg||12:30 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.||Emil Herzog (Germany)||report|
|Road Ride Men’s Promise||169.8 kg||5am - 9:15am||Evgeny Fedorov (Kaz)||report|
|Saturday, September 24th||Road Race Women’s Junior||67.2 kg||12:00 a.m. to 1:55 a.m.|
|Female elite of road racing||164.3 kg||3:55 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.|
|Sunday 25th September||Road Race Men’s Elite||266.9 kg||2:00 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.|