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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, cycling | Did you know? Kiesenhofer’s story: she’s a mathematician and not a professional cyclist

Anna Kiesenhofer (30 years, Austria) has just been proclaimed new olympic champion in the women’s cycling road event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and carries with her a personal story worth discussing before the general public. He began to stand out in cycling in 2016, during his stay at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. There he completed his Doctorate in Applied Mathematics, just after studying at Cambridge. During his time in Barcelona, ​​he was an amateur cyclist of the Refrigerators Costa Brava-Naturalium, with which she was proclaimed champion of the Spanish Cup.

His name in professional cycling became known with his victory in the legendary Mont Ventoux on the stage of the Tour International de l’Ardèche, in 2016, which allowed him to sign for the Lotto Soudal in that season and leave amateur testing behind to focus on elite cycling.

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Depression and osteoporosis

But not everything was going to be a bed of roses, and after just one season at Lotto Soudal, Kiesenhofer decided backing out indefinitely from cycling in 2017 because of a depression by the demand of the profession, and by an amenorrhea and osteoporosis aggravated that prevented him from performing at the highest level.

After that, the new Olympic champion in Tokyo decided to resume her studies and became University professor. Despite this, Kiesenhofer never put aside the world of cycling, her passion, and combined her teaching profession with recreational bicycle outings to later organize cycling routes in Lausanne (Switzerland).

Base your running on math

Little by little his way He was getting closer to professional cycling again, but without full dedication. The Austrian is a obsessed with dataHence his passion for mathematics, and he began to link his profession with cycling to get the most out of his potential. Long days of training with the time trial bike have accompanied Kiesenhofer all these years out of the elite, which, together with data analysis, led him to return his cycling career.

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He returned in 2019 to the nationals of Austria, great showcase in his country, and swept the tests of chrono, your specialty, and route. Kiesenhofer again caught the competition bug, only sporadically, and revalidated Austria’s time trial titles in 2020 and 2021. After these feats, the Austrian was not lacking in offers to rejoin the peloton but focused her efforts in a clear objective, Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

After achieving a place, and a year late from the Olympic event due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kiesenhofer arrived in Tokyo in a sea ​​of ​​doubts on whether it could handle the harshness of the ride Accustomed to the time trial bicycle, it was no problem for her to adapt to the road and she surprised the peloton by leaking in the escape, to remember her exhibition at Mont Ventoux 5 years ago, and win the title of olympic champion after a solo attack 40 kilometers from the finish line.

Exhausted, between tears and smiles, Kiesenhofer celebrated her feat lying on the finish line of the Fuji automobile circuit. Gone are the problems of osteoporosis and amorphous, and depressions, and who knows if the withdrawals, because the cycling world is knocking on the door of this bicycle-crazy university professor, and new Olympic champion.

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