'This is the heaviest medal I've ever had': Kiesenhofer still in disbelief after Tokyo Olympics gold

Kiesenhofer is an amateur rider with a Mathematics PhD, and now also has an Olympic gold medal

Anna Kiesenhofer
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Anna Kiesenhofer had always thought to attack from the off in the Tokyo Olympics women's road race, what she likely hadn't planned for, however, was to stay away all day and cross the line first to take gold.

“It’s incredible, I couldn’t believe it, even when I crossed the line. I planned to attack at kilometre zero and I was happy I could get in front," Kiesenhofer said after her stunning victory. "That is something I could not take for granted because I am not good at riding in the peloton."

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