Anna Kiesenhofer: Mathematician, amateur cyclist, Olympic champion

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Olimpiadi Tokyo 2020 - Women's Road Race - Musashinonomori Park - Fuji Internetional Speedway 137 km - 25/07/2021 - Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

As an amateur rider, Anna Kiesenhofer’s Olympics victory might have been a surprise, but she was not a rider to be underestimated.

In an extraordinary comeback story, the winner of the road race at the Tokyo Olympics left the sport at the end of 2017 when she found herself out of contract. She came into Tokyo without a pro team and left as Olympic Champion. 

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