30 Sep 2010

Villumsen claims first world road cycling medal for NZ

6:41 am on 30 September 2010

The cyclist, Linda Villumsen, has fininshed third in the women's time trial at the World Road Cycling Championships in Melbourne, to claim New Zealand's first ever elite medal in the competition.

The 25-year-old took bronze after powering through the 22.9 kilometre course in just over 33 minutes and 4 seconds, to finish behind Great Britain's Emma Pooley and Germany's Judith Arndt.

The bronze medal repeats Villumsen's effort in Italy last year when she was riding for Denmark.

She gained her citizenship last year after living in New Zealand for many years, and this was her first international event wearing the silver fern.

It also moves Villumsen into strong medal contention for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where the flat course will suit her riding style.