Van Vleuten out of Giro Rosa, Road World Championships with broken wrist

FILE PHOTO: UCI Road Cycling World Championships - Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria - September 25, 2018 Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands celebrates with her medal on the podium after winning the Women's Elite Individual Time Trial REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo

(Reuters) - Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten will not defend her UCI Road World Championships crown in Imola next week after she sustained a broken wrist in a crash while riding for Mitchelton-Scott at the Giro Rosa.

Race leader Van Vleuten, 37, was unable to avoid riders falling in front of her in the final part of the seventh stage on Thursday and was ruled out of the remainder of the race.

Two-times winner Van Vleuten’s Australian team mate Amanda Spratt was also withdrawn after suffering a shoulder injury in the crash.

"I felt immediately it wasn't good with my wrist, because I saw that my wrist was not straight. I'll go home now and have an operation on my wrist on Saturday," Van Vleuten said in a statement here on the team's website.

“I’m super sad that it’s not possible to defend the Maglia Rosa ... even more, no worlds on a course that suits me. I’m disappointed that I can’t defend my world champion’s jersey.”

This year’s Championships will be held from Sept. 24-27.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford