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Laurine van Riessen Escapes Crash

Dutch cyclist Laurine van Riessen made the escape of the Olympics when she managed to avoid a crash by riding up onto a trackside barrier before looping back on to the velodrome.

The outstanding piece of cycling came after there was a crash in Laurine’s heat during the women’s keirin at the Rio 2016 Olympics, with Spanish rider Tania Calvo and France’s Virginie Cueff touching wheels, sending Calvo to the ground and Cueff swerving drastically towards van Riessen.

Further footage of the accident in the clip below...

The Dutch rider’s speed sent her round the barrier and carried her back onto the track, resulting in a predictable amount of praise and hysteria on social media.

While van Riessen wasn’t able to qualify through the heat, she did finish fourth and qualified for the next round through the repechage.

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