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Are the Rio Olympic Cycling Courses More Dangerous than Previous Competitions?

Much has been made about the venue for the 2016 Olympics, particularly about just how safe, or unsafe, it is for the athletes participating. The Rio Olympic cycling courses are now causing almost as much concern as the natural water. After the men’s cycling events resulted in a number of injuries, including broken bones, road rash, and deep cuts, many had hoped the women’s events would be smoother. It seemed that those people would get their wish at first, but then it happened. Annemiek van Vleuten was coming down the final stretch of Vista Chinesa when she lost control of her bike and crashed hard onto the curb. Videos of the bicycle accident have gone viral, and it is nearly impossible not to have seen footage somewhere in your Facebook feed. Anyone who has seen the crash has shuddered and likely was extremely concerned for her well-being. After the crash,…
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