Linda Villumsen

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Linda Villumsen
Linda Melanie Villumsen, Mendrisio 2009 - Women Elite.jpgLinda Villumsen, London 2012 Time Trial - Aug 2012.jpg
Villumsen wearing the Danish national team's jersey at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships (left) and riding for New Zealand in the 2012 Olympics time trial (right)
Personal information
Born (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 (age 31)
Herning, Denmark
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Current team UnitedHealthcare Women's Team
Role Road rider
Rider type Time trialist, Climber[1]
Professional team(s)
2005–2006 Buitenpoort - Flexpoint Team
2007-10 T-Mobile Women
2011 AA Drink–leontien.nl
2012 Orica-AIS
2013–2014 Wiggle-Honda
2015- UnitedHealthcare Women's Team
Major wins
One Day races
· National Time Trial championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2013)
· National Road Race championships (2008–2009, 2015)
· Commonwealth Games Time Trial championships (2014)
· World Time Trial Championships (2015)
Stage races
· Route de France Féminine (2006, 2013)
· Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen (2009)
· Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Südtirol (2012)
· Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche (2014)
Infobox last updated on
1 August 2014
Villumsen (left) finished second in time trial at the 2013 World Championships. (Ellen van Dijk (center), Carmen Small (right))

Linda Melanie Villumsen Serup (born 9 April 1985 in Herning) is a Danish-born road racing cyclist[2] who became a New Zealand citizen in 2009 and has ridden under a Kiwi licence from 2010.[3]

Career[edit]

She won the European under 23 time trial championship in 2006 and 2007.

She was Danish national champion in both road racing and time trialing in 2006, 2008 and 2009. In 2006, Cycling World named her their Cyclist of the Year.[4]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she finished 5th in the women's road race and 13th in the time trial.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London she finished 18th in the road race and fourth in the time trial, missing out on a medal by less than two seconds.[5]

Villumsen won the Route de France Féminine in 2006 and 2013.

From 2008 to 2014 she placed 10th, 3rd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd and 9th in world championships time trials.

From 2012 to 2014 she placed 7th, 6th and 8th in world championships road races.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games she won the gold medal in the road time trial and placed 5th in the road race.[6][7]

In September 2014 the UnitedHealthcare Women's Team announced that they had signed Villumsen for the 2015 season after two seasons with Wiggle-Honda.[1]

In September 2015 Villumsen won the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.[8] Afterwards, her trade team, UnitedHealthCare, almost dropped her for riding her team issue New Zealand frame instead of her normal Wilier Cento Time Trial bike.[9] The NZ teams bike, with its altered geometry, meant she could get much lower.

Villumsen is the only New Zealand senior cyclist to win an individual medal at the UCI Road World Championships.

Major results[edit]

Sources:[10][11]

2005
2nd National Road Race Championships
3rd National Time Trial Championships
2nd New Zealand World Cup
2nd Damesronde van Drenthe
1st Alblasserdam
2006 – Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team 2006 season
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg U23 time trial, European Road Championships
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
3rd Danish National Track Championships (Individual pursuit)
1st Omloop der Kempen
2nd Overall Ster Zeeuwsche Eilanden
1st Stage 1, Vlissingen
2nd L'Heure D'Or Féminine / The Ladies Golden Hour
1st Overall Route de France Féminine
2007
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg U23 time trial, European Road Championships
3rd Holland Ladies Tour
1st Stage 6 Tour de l'Aude Cycliste Féminin
2008
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg National Road Race Championships
1st Team World ranking
1st Stage Giro della Toscana TTT
2nd Open de Suède Vårgårda
5th Road race, Olympic Games
10th Time trial, Road World Championships
2009 – Team Columbia-HTC 2009 season
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Danish National Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotDinamarca.svg Danish National Road Race Championships
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time trial, Road World Championships
1st Overall, Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Stage 3
1st Trofeo Costa Etrusca: GP Comuni Santa Luce — Castellina Marittima
2010 – Team HTC-Columbia 2010 season
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time trial, Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial, Commonwealth Games
2nd Chrono Gatineau
2011 – AA Drink-leontien.nl 2011 season
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial, Road World Championships
2012
1st Overall, Giro del Trentino Alto Adige-Südtirol
3rd La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
3rd GP Stad Roeselare
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Emakumeen Bira
4th Time trial, Olympic Games
Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Team time trial
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time trial
7th Road race
2013 – Wiggle Honda 2013 season
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Combativity award Stage 1 Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
1st Overall La Route de France
1st Stage 7
8th Overall Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche
1st Mountains classification
1st Combination classification
1st Prologue
Road World Championships
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial[12]
6th Road race
2014 – Wiggle Honda 2014 season
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l'Ardèche
1st Stage 2 (ITT)
1st Gold medal blank.svg Time trial, Commonwealth Games
2nd National Time Trial Championships
2nd National Road Race Championships
8th La Flèche Wallonne Féminine
Road World Championships
8th Road race
9th Time trial
2015
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG Time trial, Road World Championships
2016
1st Le Race[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Villumsen signs with Unitedhealthcare". cyclingnews.com. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Athlete Biography - SERUP Linda Melanie Villumsen". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 2008-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Villumsen cleared to ride for New Zealand". cyclingnews.com. 30 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Linda Villumsen Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  5. ^ Cleaver, Dylan (2 August 2012). "Olympics: Villumsen just seconds from bronze". The New Zealand Herald. 
  6. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Women's Individual Time Trial". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Women's Road Race". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Linda Villumsen claims time trial world title". The New Zealand Herald. Associated Press. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Villumsen at the heart of a storm after riding non-trade team bike to Worlds success | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  10. ^ Linda Villumsen profile at Cycling Archives
  11. ^ Linda Villumsen profile at cqranking.com
  12. ^ "Kiwi cyclist wins medal at world champs". TVNZ. 25 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Le Race victories for Roulston and Villumsen". Radio New Zealand. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
 Madeleine Sandig (GER)
European Road Champion Time Trial U23
2006–2007
Succeeded by
 Ellen van Dijk (NED)
Preceded by
 Lisa Brennauer (GER)
Road Cycling World Champion (time trial)
2013–2015
Incumbent