Olympic Race Report: Anna Kiesenhofer of Austria took the Olympic gold medal after being away for the whole day. The Dutch team let the early break take too much time and Kiesenhofer soloed from the break to hold off the peloton. Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) took silver and Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) the bronze.
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The big win for Anna Kiesenhofer
Who would have predicted that Anna Kiesenhofer would win the Tokyo Olympic women’s road race? Not many. The Austrian surprised everyone, but mostly the Dutch team, to take gold. She was the best of a early escape of five women to take a big lead. The chase didn’t get going soon enough, and the Austraian was able to stay ahead and win solo.
Course Overview: The 136km course starts in the outskirts of Tokyo but quickly heads into the countryside to finish on the Fuji Speedway circuit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji after taking on two fairly difficult climbs through the foothills.
Another hot and humid day in Japan
The Dutch team were expected to dominate
Out past the lake
The early break
Only in Japan
The peloton would split on the climbs
Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands tried to bridge the gap to the breakaway
The regrouped peloton chased Van Vleuten down
Lizzie Deignan only had one teammate
Anna Kiesenhofer of Austria led the break before going solo
Kiesenhofer dropped the others over 40K to go
Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands was second, but thought she had won
It was all too much for the Austrian at the finish
Olympic Games – Women’s Road Race Result:
1. Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria) in 3:52:45
2. Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) at 1:15
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) at 1:29
4. Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) at 1:39
5. Marianne Vos (Netherlands) at 1:46
6. Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
7. Coryn Rivera (USA)
8. Marta Cavalli (Italy)
9. Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzbekistan)
10. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark).