Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna Kiesenhofer respond to confusion in Tokyo 2020 Olympics road race

Van Vleuten has shared her side of the story, while Kiesenhofer commended the Dutchwoman for her reaction after the finish

(From left) Annemiek van Vleuten, Anna Kiesenhofer, Elisa Longo Borghini
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna Kiesenhofer have both reacted to the confusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics road race. 

Austrian rider Kiesenhofer took a phenomenal victory in the 137km race on the slopes of Mount Fuji on Sunday (July 25), winning solo from the breakaway. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.