Rushing for World Cup gold – then she suffered a cruel injury

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Chloé Dygert-Owen (23) was the big favorite at Thursday’s World Cup pace, and it looked like she would cruise in to a superb victory.

The American led clearly in the meantime after 14 kilometers, but then things went completely awry for that fast horse.

Look over the roll!

In a turn, she lost control of the pace bike, hit the railing and disappeared over. Thus, the race was over for her.

– The reason she loses control is that she is in the hoop. It becomes too sharp a turn, and then there is something with the weight balance. Had she kept normal on the board, I think she would have managed it, says TV 2 cycling expert Mads Kaggestad.

The TV pictures show Dygert-Owen’s left knee sliding along the guardrail, and the still pictures taken after the rollover reveal a cruel injury.

The upper part of Dygert-Owen’s knee is badly cut.

NB: We warn against very strong images below!

WARNING: The uncharged image in the image gallery is very strong. Photo: Marco Bertorello / NTB

TERRIBLE INJURY: Dygert-Owen's knee was cut open by the crash barrier. Photo: Marco Bertorello / NTB

TERRIBLE INJURY: Dygert-Owen’s knee was cut open by the crash barrier. Photo: Marco Bertorello / NTB

– We are in contact with our coach and Chloe’s team on the ground in Italy. We will bring news here as soon as we have a completely clear confirmation of her condition, writes the American national team, USA Cycling, on Twitter.

It was Dygert-Owen’s first competition on the road since she won World Cup gold last autumn. Her last competition was the World Championships in track cycling in February, where she took two World Cup golds.

GOLD WINNER: Anna van der Breggen secured the gold after Dygert-Owen overturned.

GOLD WINNER: Anna van der Breggen secured the gold after Dygert-Owen overturned. Photo: Andrew Medichini

– Still can not believe it

With the gold favorite out, it was the Dutch Anna van der Breggen who was the strongest. She secured the World Cup gold, 15 seconds ahead of Swiss Marlen Reusser. Dutch Ellen van Dijk took the bronze.

The gold winner was brilliantly happy to have finally secured the gold, after having to settle for silver three years in a row.

– After many years with second places, I still can not believe it. I told my coach that I did not want to hear any intervals, I just wanted to drive as fast as possible to the finish line. I first heard there that I had won, it was amazing. I am very happy, says van der Breggen.

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