Anna van der Breggen’s preparation for the Tokyo Olympics time trial was cut short on Tuesday when she was removed from her bike by officials while training at Fuji International Speedway.
The Dutchwoman, who is among the favorites for Wednesday’s time trial, was riding with her teammate Annemiek Van Vleuten when the incident occurred.
She was arrested on the tour and allegedly thrown off balance by officials, according to a report by WielerFlits.
“Because there were women on the track going around without checks, security was very strict,” said Van der Breggen. WielerFlits. “We were checked for the first time and when we got back to this point, we wanted to continue but the guards jumped in front of our bikes.
“Not much else has happened. In any case, the incident has no bearing on my Olympic time trial tomorrow. I want to focus fully on that now.”
A video posted to Twitter by Japanese cycling coach Kyosuke Takei showed several riders waiting outside the circuit, with Van der Breggen walking off his bike talking to officials.
“Everyone had to stop because of a mistake by the organizers,” said Japanese cycling coach Kyosuke Takei. Wielerflits. “In the turmoil with the guards, Anna was threatened and shot.
“It was a big mess today in the final time trial training. It’s sad what happened. The organizers have no respect for the riders. I understand that everyone people try to do their best for them, but it was very confusing. I haven’t seen anything like this in a long time. “
Van der Breggen, who is the reigning world time trial champion and won bronze in the discipline at the Rio 2016 Games, was not injured in the incident and will be eligible to compete in the time trial. – shows normally.
The incident is the latest to affect Dutch riders at the Tokyo Games. In Monday’s men’s mountain bike race, Mathieu van der Poel withdrew from competition after misjudging a jump when he thought there would be a wooden ramp available. On the same day, BMX rider Niek Kimmann suffered a knee injury during training after colliding with an official who suddenly attempted to cross the track.
Meanwhile, during the women’s road race, a communication problem within the Dutch team saw Van Vleuten mistakenly celebrate the victory as she crossed the finish line, unaware that the gold medalist Anna Kiesenhofer had already finished, winning on the first breakaway.
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