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Laurine van Riessen finally back on the cycling track after a horror fall on Games: ‘Very exciting’ | Cycling

“I found it very exciting, you have no idea where you stand,” she looked back. Van Riessen was eliminated in the semi-finals and finished last in the battle for places 7 to 11, won by compatriot Shanne Braspennincx. The Olympic champion also had to miss the final. The title in the sprint section, in which a maximum of six riders sprint for the win after three laps behind a derny, went to the German Lea Sophie Friedrich.

Van Riessen had to stay in Japan for two more weeks after the Games due to her fall on the slopes of Izu. She was not allowed to fly with a collapsed lung, and she also had broken ribs and a broken collarbone. “I still feel that,” she said after three performances in Roubaix. She reached the semi-finals via the repechage in which she fell short for a place in the best three. “Physically I’m at 80 to 90 percent and maybe I was driving a little too carefully. Then it becomes difficult, my actions were quite good, but you take a little less risk. Then they just shove you sideways.”

“I have to be satisfied, but when you start at a World Cup you always want more. But I also know that’s not realistic. I should be happy that I was allowed to drive here.”

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Laurine van Riessen finally back on the cycling track after a horror fall on Games: ‘Very exciting’ | Cycling
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