The Olympic cycling time trials were the ultimate story of redemption

When Annemiek van Vleuten crossed the finish line in the women’s road race on Sunday, she thought she had won gold only to later find out that Austria’s Anna Kiesenhofer had actually arrived one minute earlier. A silver medal at the Olympics is still a massive accomplishment, but at least initially it felt like a disappointment for one of the pre-game favorites.

During Wednesday’s time trial, however, there was no doubt about the result: van Vleuten had won gold. No questions asked.

Actually, there was one, asked by the Dutch cyclist herself.

”I’m No. 1, right?“ she said after her run.

Mastering the 22.1-kilometer course in 30:13.49, van Vleuten

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