Dutch cyclists are unlucky for curious moments at the Tokyo Olympics. Anna van der Breggen, the favorite of the medal in the time trial, experienced the latest one, when the local organizers mistaken her for a passer-by and pulled her off her bicycle.
The Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen.
The 31-year-old reigning world champion in this discipline was preparing for Wednesday’s competition on Tuesday, together with compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten and other cyclists on the Fuji motoring circuit.
As at all Olympic Games, there are strict coronavirus rules. The two Dutch women checked directly on the circuit, but when they went to the same point for the second time, the organizers did not recognize Van der Breggen, jumped in her way and forced her to sit down, almost falling.
“As some racers ran on the track without control, the safety staff was very strict. At first they checked on us, but when we went to the same place for the second time and wanted to continue, they jumped in front of our bikes, “the Dutchwoman told the WielerFlits portal.Read more Why did Sagan’s rival almost break? He didn’t trust the team
Fortunately, the incident went unnoticed and Van der Breggen was able to continue preparing for Wednesday’s time trial, in which she is one of the favorites. She won bronze in Rio five years ago.
However, this was not the only curious moment of Dutch cyclists in Tokyo. One of the favorites in the mountain bike competition, Mathieu van der Poel, resigned from the race after being injured in a fall where he thought there should be a wooden ramp. She was there during the trainings, but the organizers announced in advance that they would remove her for the competition.
On the same day, another Dutch precious metal aspirant, Niek Kimmann, injured his knee, and one of the organizers jumped into the middle of the track while training on BMX.
The end of the women’s road race was also curious. Van Vleuten came to the finish line and rejoiced in winning the gold, as she saw no other cyclist far ahead. However, she forgot that the Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer got to the solo race 41 km before the finish and she finished 75 seconds before her.Read more Which one actually won? The Dutch women were very ashamed
Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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