Ellen van Dijk involved in training crash

Ellen van Dijk was involved in a crash during training earlier this week. An update on her condition is provided below.

After the incident, Ellen was immediately taken to hospital where, along with some other minor injuries, scans revealed the presence of a fracture to her right ankle that requires surgery. This will be performed early next week by a specialist with the Dutch national federation. Lidl-Trek and the Dutch federation have a recovery plan already in place which, following successful completion of the surgery, will allow Ellen to return to normal training within two weeks and keep focusing on her preparation for the Olympic Games.

Post-surgery Ellen will continue to be monitored by the performance team and medical staff at Lidl-Trek as well as at the national federation and if there is any further update on her participation at the Olympic Games, another statement will be provided.

Speaking about the set-back Ellen said:

“Of course, I am incredibly disappointed. All my efforts are focused on the Olympics, and this is the last thing you want to happen. I am in good hands with the medical and performance staff of both Lidl-Trek and KNWU, and we will do everything we can to ensure I am fit at the start in Paris.”