Nobody saw it coming: the story of the Olympic gold that matured in the flight of women’s road cycling


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Nobody saw it coming: the story of the Olympic gold that matured in the flight of women's road cycling

Anna Kiesenhofer is the new road cycling Olympic Games champion. With profile amateur and a will to test everything, the Austrian opted for an early escape that surprised the Dutch favorites.

In those last 75 seconds towards the finish line in Fuji, Anna Kiesenhofer certified that conviction is the shortest path to Olympic glory. A journey full of emotional traps in the 137 kilometers from the start in Tokyo that he left behind due to the absolute confidence of the sacrifice in first person.

With that advantage, arms raised and exhausted, she crossed first in the road cycling test guided by her own strength that took her bike after a hellish pedaling under the Japanese summer.

The Austrian demolished the power of the Dutch, favorites for this test who honored those principles of anonymous efforts with rewards at the top of the podium. Anne Van Vleuten, the natural candidate, settled for silver for her late reaction in what he considered a harmless escape.

THEY UNDERESTIMATED HER IN THE INITIAL ESCAPE
Kiesenhofer took off in the first three kilometers of the route. An adventure that rarely receives a prize. Except if there is a heart to spare capable of destroying the plans of the platoon.

“I handle everything on my own,” described the champion. All the logistical and sports preparation for this medal was done in his own way, without the corporate backing that his main competitors had.

That difference became unattainable when the Netherlands team attacked en route. Out of sheer courage, the Austrian uncovered her wildest competitive instinct on the promotions. Alone, he sniffed victory, claimed it.

“There was a board that showed the time differences, but I never knew if I could trust it,” he acknowledged.

Van Vleuten arrived 1:15 later and celebrated as if she had been a champion. He never imagined that the unknown Kiesenhofer had exceeded the goal long before. She was awarded the silver medal, less loot due to her status as a double world champion.

DOCTOR IN MATHEMATICS, AMATEUR CYCLIST
At 30, Anna has little experience as a professional rider. His academic activity took hours for a more demanding practice in cycling. She is a postdoctoral researcher as a mathematician in Lausanne, Switzerland.

You already anticipated that gold will bring changes. “I think the main change could be in myself, in my character. This will give me a lot of confidence in myself. “This is just beginning. This is the new life of an Olympic medalist.


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