Annemiek van Vleuten cannot believe that she won silver on Saturday with a broken wrist in the road race of the World Cycling Championships in Imola.

The defending champion trumped Italian Elisa Longo Borghini in the sprint for second place.

"It is amazing and a wonder that I am here today", said Van Vleuten after the match against the

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"Only with the sprint did I really strain my wrist. Otherwise it went well."

The 37-year-old from Wageningen broke her wrist last week in a crash in the sixth stage of the Giro Rosa.

As a result, she missed the time trial last Thursday and it was uncertain whether she could participate in the road race.

Eventually she was able to start on Saturday with a brace on her wrist.

"It was a rollercoaster of emotions and I am very grateful to my doctors for being able to compete here," she said.

"Last week I never thought I would be here with a medal."

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Van der Breggen solos to second world title at the World Cup

'It was a very nice one-two'

Van Vleuten also introduced the solo of Anna van der Breggen, who after the gold in the time trial also claimed the world title on the road in Imola.

She attacked on the fourth ascent of the Cima Gallisterna, after which Van der Breggen took over control and ran off alone at 41 kilometers from the finish.

"We wanted to attack together, but I noticed that I was not top", the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider reflected.

"A short explosive climb is not optimal with this pulse. Anna did very well and went at a perfect time. When she drove away, I also knew she was going to win. It was a very nice one-two."

In the final, Van Vleuten drove far behind the unleashed Van der Breggen from the thinned peloton and she joined Longo Borghini.

In an exciting sprint she managed to pass the Italian at the last minute and took the silver.

Despite her broken wrist, the European champion on the road is already looking ahead to the next matches.

She hopes to be at the start of the Walloon Arrow next Wednesday.