Event: Time trial
Club: Team VeloConcept
Born: April 9, 1985
Social links: @linda.villumsen.7 (Facebook), @LVillumsen (Twitter)
Born in Denmark, Villumsen represented her country of birth until 2009, when she became an NZ citizen. She was the Danish national road and time trial champion in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and was named Cycling World 2006 Cyclist of the Year.
Still in Danish colours, Villumsen finished fifth in the road race and 13th in the time trial at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She has continued to be one of the world’s most consistent road performers, especially in the time trial, where she finished 10th, third, third, second, third, second and ninth at world championships between 2008-14. She was also fourth at the 2012 London Olympics and won gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Perhaps her greatest result came at the 2015 world championships, where she finally captured the title at Richmond, Virginia, but her victory was almost tainted, when her factory team threatened to drop her for using her more aerodynamic NZ-issue bike in the event.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she finished sixth in the time trial.
Villumsen’s long-term partner is retired English cyclings Emma Trott, the older sister of Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott.