VILLUMSEN Linda < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 09 Apr 1985 in Herning, DEN
Height1.65 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Christchurch, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began cycling in 1996 at the Herning Cycle Klub.
Why this sport? She was inspired after watching Bjarne Riis win the 1996 Tour de France.
Club / Team UnitedHealthcare Women: Great Britain
Name of coach Marco Pinotti [personal], ITA, from 2009
General Interest
Nicknames Lin (NOC, 04 Jul 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a gold medal in the time trial event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (stuff.co.nz, 24 Sep 2015)
Most influential person in career Her coach Marco Pinotti. (wigglehonda.com, 11 Jan 2013)
Injuries She missed the national championship in 2012 due to illness. (roadcycling.co.nz, 20 Apr 2012; nzherald.co.nz, 01 May 2012)
Awards and honours In 2006 she was named Cyclist of the Year by Cycling World. (womenscycling.net, 04 Jul 2008)
Ambitions To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (wigglehonda.com, 11 Jan 2013)
Other information ALL BLACK BIKE
She won the 2015 Time Trial World Championships in Richmond, VA, United States of America, cycling an all-black bike after going against her own professional team's orders not to ride a non-sponsored piece of equipment at the championships. (stuff.co.nz, 25 Sep 2015)

RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
In late-2012 she considered retiring from professional cycling after narrowly missing out on a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and she wanted to spend more time at home in New Zealand. In early 2013 she reconsidered after winning the individual time trial at the national championship, and signed for Wiggle Honda for the 2013 season. "After the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I struggled a bit to find a proper gear again. It just didn't feel right." (roadcycling.co.nz, 04 Apr 2013; stuff.co.nz, 24 Sep 2015)

FROM DENMARK TO NEW ZEALAND
Born in Denmark, she represented her birth country at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She became a citizen of New Zealand in 2009 and began competing for her new country in 2010. "The moment I arrived in New Zealand, I knew I wanted to stay. It was in my heart." (stuff.co.nz, 24 Sep 2015)

FIRST FOR NEW ZEALAND
She became the first woman from New Zealand to achieve a podium position in the World Cup when she came third at the La Fleche Wallonne Feminine in Belgium in 2012. (stuff.co.nz, 19 Apr 2012)