Annika Langvad
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10. oktobra 2020

Nenapovedano je včeraj odjeknila vest, da se od profesionalnega športa poslavlja ena najboljših gorskih kolesarsk na svetu.

Etapne dirke in maratoni so ji bili pisani na kožo, zadnjih deset let je vozila olimpijski kros na najvišji ravni, vmes študirala, postala zobozdravnica, se slabi dve sezoni z ekipo Boels-Dolmans preizkušala tudi na posameznih cestnih dirkah in bila od leta 2013 zvesta ekipi Specialized Racing. Simpatična Danka je 22. marca dopolnila 36 let.

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So, here’s a big announcement: I’m retiring from professional racing. Now is the time. These 10 years of racing will probably be some of the most intense time of my entire life and now I’m ready to devote myself to other things in life. I’ve been thinking a lot about what reflections to share with you, since it’s been quite a rollercoaster of emotions leading up to this point. This is not a decision made overnight, it has been at the back of my mind for a long time – first time was in 2016, where I went to finish dentistry school after the season. But when you are on a high and you are wearing the rainbow jersey it’s just so easy to continue one more year. And thanks to @iamspecialized there were always new adventures that made every next season too tempting to resist. The support and opportunities from @iamspecialized is and always will be the absolute center of my career and something I forever will be grateful for. I grabbed a lot of those opportunities and managed to turn some of them into experiences and accomplishments that I didn’t even dare dreaming of, while other opportunies made me face some of my inner deamons. Also, I will forever be grateful for having @bonnethomas by my side through it all. You are my rock and none of this would have been possible without you ❤️ In the end – I wouldn’t want to be without any of those adventures at all (good or bad) or any of the special people I’ve met along the way. Not a single one. It all contributed to who and where I am today. But now it’s time. I’m feeling satisfied and content and okay with things as they are. I’ve played my role. I’m ready to move on. This weekend was supposed to be my last World Champs. Sadly, I’ve been struggling with a stomac bug since Nove Mesto, which has left me drained and not able to be on the start line. I wish my teammates and all riders a fantastic race 🙏

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Rezultati za zgodovino

  • Petkrat je bila svetovna prvakinja v gorskokolesarskem maratonu. Prvič 2011 v Montellu, leto kasneje v Ornarnsu in leta 2014 v Pietermaritzburgu. Sledila sta Singen leta 2017 in Azuronzo di Cadore leta 2018.
  • Svetovna podprvakinja in bronasta v gorskokolesarskem maratonu. 2015 v Val Gardeni in leta 2010 v Sankt Wendlu.
  • Svetovna prvakinja v olimpijskem krosu leta 2016 v Novem Mestu na Moravskem.
  • Sedem zmag v svetovnem pokalu (olimpijski in kratki kros).
  • Pet zmag na etapni dirki ABSA Cape Epic.
  • Leta 2016 je zmagala sloviti Leadvile 100 in kot prva ženska to dirko odpeljala pod sedmimi urami.
Takole jo je v fotografski objektiv ujel Grega Stopar, ko v Novem Mestu na Moravskem še nihče ni vedel, da je to njena zadnja dirka na najvišjem tekmovalnem nivoju.

Annika Langvad, srečno!

Naslovna fotografija Michal Cerveny Photography

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