2 Jan 2010

Danish world cycling championship medallist to ride for New Zealand

10:42 am on 2 January 2010

The World championship bronze medallist Linda Villumsen will boost New Zealand cycling ranks after being awarded New Zealand citizenship and having a competition stand down period waived.

The 24-year-old Danish-born Villumsen finished third in the time trial at this year's world championships and is a past winner of the women's Tour to France.

She has lived and trained in New Zealand for the past several years having attended school here.

BikeNZ High Performance Director, Mark Elliott says the Villumsen is a major

boost for the road cycling programme.

He says with Villumsen, Cath Cheatley, who was 10th in the world champs and potentially Rosara Joseph, New Zealand will have a strong road team for the Commonwealth Games in India next year.

Villumsen was fifth in the the road race and 13th in the time trial at the Beijing Olympics.

She will make her debut here as a New Zealand citizen at the national road champs in Christchurch in January.