Elisa Longo Borghini won the bronze medal in the road test in the line women’s cycling (137 km with 2692 meters of elevation gain) at the Tokyo Olympics. And the third medal for Italy in this edition of the Games. L’azzurra – 30 year old from Verbania, under Gold Flames of the State Police – he had also won bronze at the Rio 2016 Games. “It was a bronze that came more with the heart than with the legs”, he told the Gazzetta dello Sport in the audio collected in the mixed zone.
The gold went as a surprise to the Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer, born in 1991 like Elisa, who broke away from the group from the first kilometers. Dutch silver Annemiek van Vleuten, one of the favorite of the eve. Kiesenhofer covered the 137 kilometers of the route – from Musashinonomori Park to Fuji International Speedway – in 3h 52’45 ”. Van Vleuten finished second with a gap of 1’15 “, Longo Borghini third at 1’29”. The Italian is also in the top ten Marta Cavalli, ranked eighth.
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