Annemiek van Vleuten surprised herself and the rest of cycling by winning the world road championships with the best performance of her career 

With an attack in the final 600 meters, the Dutch great won her second world road race title

This year, the reigning Olympic world time trial champion and 2019 world champion claimed cycling's triple crown by winning the Italian, French, and Spanish tour

Van Vleuten suffered the fracture after a crash in Wednesday's mixed team relay, describing the pain as "hell" during Saturday's race 

Zoe Backstedt of the United Kingdom celebrated her 18th birthday by turning the junior road race into a one-woman race 

Backstedt launched a solo attack at 10 kilometers and maintained his lead for the remaining 57 kilometers to win by more than two minutes 

Backstedt defended her junior road race title and is also a track and cyclocross world champion 

Cyclist Annemiek Van Vleuten wins world championships despite having an elbow fracture: 'Perhaps this is my best victory.'