Tokyo 2020 - Anna Kiesenhofer: I am happy that I was not too scared and just went for it
Jul 26 2021 12:19 am CET

Tokyo 2020 - Anna Kiesenhofer: I am happy that I was not too scared and just went for it
Tokyo 2020 - Anna Kiesenhofer: I am happy that I was not too scared and just went for it
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Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria) has surprised the world of cycling by taking the Gold Medal at the road race of Tokyo 2020.

The rider has never dedicated full time to cycling as she has also practised other disciplines like triathlon and duathlon, at the same time she completed a Master's degree and a PhD in mathematics and applied mathematics. But her enthusiasm for the sport, in which she has focused to be ready for the games, has paid off.

Keisenhofer attacked in the first kilometres of the road race and stayed there the whole race, crossing the finish line on her own. The main competitors for the day, seemed to have overlooked that she was in front and allowed her to have a comfortable gap to take the Gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

"I planned to attack at kilometre zero, and I was happy I could get in front," said the Austrian. "That is something I could not take for granted because I am not good at riding in the peloton.

"I am happy that I was not too scared, and I just went for it. I attacked and with the group we worked more or less together - it was helpful to have a group. I saw I was the strongest and I knew I had the climb before the long descent.

"I'm pretty good at descending, so I got some more time, and then it was just like a time trial to the finish. It feels incredible. I couldn't believe it. Even when I crossed the line, it was like, 'Is it done now? Do I have to continue riding?' Incredible."





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