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Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the line and thought she’d won cycling gold. She hadn’t

That’s what you do once you assume you have won Olympic gold — besides she hadn’t.

That honor went to Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer, who capitalized on her rival’s confusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic girls’s street race on Sunday to safe a shock win.

“When I crossed the line, I thought I had won,” mentioned silver medalist Van Vleuten.

Kiesenhofer gave the efficiency of a lifetime to eclipse a discipline of massive names and win the race, ending in just below 4 hours.

The 30-year-old Austrian broke away from the main group greater than 40 kilometers from the finish, holding her personal on a demanding 147-kilometer course in the intense heat to win Austria’s first cycling gold medal since 1896.

Kiesenhofer spent a lot of the remainder of the race thus far forward of the chasing pack that she was out of sight of the different cyclists.

Anna Kiesenhofer was the underdog going into the cycling road race, having only taken up the sport in 2014.

Cyclists race with out earpieces at the Olympics and that performed an element in Van Vleuten’s confusion, in response to the 38-year-old Dutch lady.

“This is an instance (of what occurs) for those who journey an essential race like this with out communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it is the three of us standing right here and questioning who has truly won,” added Van Vleuten, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen.

“I’m gutted about that, in fact,” mentioned Van Vleuten.

If she was gutted, Van Vleuten was additionally happy to have come away with a medal after she suffered a horror crash throughout the street race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“I’m actually pleased with the medal, as a result of I didn’t have an Olympic medal. It’s additionally a silver medal with a shine on it, as a result of I felt tremendous good at this time,” mentioned Van Vleuten.

“My purpose was to be at my greatest ever degree right here, and I believe I nailed that. It’s not the end result we had been hoping for, however for me personally, I believe I did a very good race.”

Annemiek van Vleuten took silver in the women's road race at the Tokyo Olympics.

‘Zero power in my legs’

Kiesenhofer, who would not at the moment have an expert contract, solely took up the sport in 2014, turning skilled three years later.

According to the Olympics web site, the Austrian mentioned her ambition was “to compete at the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo.” She’s definitely accomplished that and extra.

Kiesenhofer is not simply an achieved bicycle owner — she has grasp’s diploma in arithmetic from the University of Cambridge, England and a PhD in utilized arithmetic from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain.

“My legs had been utterly empty. I’ve by no means emptied myself a lot in my entire life. I might hardly pedal any extra. It felt like there was zero power in my legs,” mentioned Kiesenhofer after her gold medal success.

“I could not imagine it. Even after I crossed the line, it was like, ‘Is it accomplished now? Do I’ve to proceed driving?’ Incredible,” she added.

“I’ve actually sacrificed a lot for at this time. I wasn’t anticipating to complete it off like that. I sacrificed all the things even for a top-15 place and now to get this, for the sacrifices, it is simply such a reward, it is unimaginable,” she added.

Silver medalist Netherlands' Annemiek Van Vleuten (left), gold medalist Austria's Anna Kiesenhofer (middle) and bronze medalist Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini (right) celebrate on the podium during the women's road race medal ceremony.

Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini, who completed third, was additionally shocked by the approach the race performed out.

I thought that Holland had all the things of their palms however in the finish generally once you play techniques an excessive amount of and you assume you might be the strongest, you lose the race,” mentioned Borghini, as she won bronze for the second Olympics in the row.

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