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Olympic cycling: 3-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong congratulates new time trials champ

Passing the baton: Armstrong gave a social media shout-out to Annemiek van Vleuten after her winning ride in Tokyo.

BOISE, Idaho — Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands roared to an emphatic victory in the women's time trial at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first cyclist not named Kristin Armstrong to win gold in that event since 2004.

The Dutch rider exacted a measure of revenge for some miscommunication that may have cost her gold in the road race last weekend.

Van Vleuten put the hammer down to finish in 30 minutes, 13.49 seconds at Fuji International Speedway.

After Van Vleuten's gold-medal ride, Armstrong posted congratulations on her Instagram account.

Credit: Kristin Armstrong via Instagram @kstrong22
Kristin Armstrong with Tokyo Olympics women's road cycling time trials gold medalist Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands. Armstrong, who lives in Boise, Idaho, won gold in that event in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Armstrong was not in Japan to watch Van Vleuten in person. The photo posted in her Instagram story is from an after-party at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Van Vleuten was seriously injured when she crashed during the road race -- a race she was leading at the time. Rio is also where Armstrong won her third Olympic gold medal in the time trial, to become the first cyclist in Olympic history to win three golds in the same event.

"She represents great character, grit and determination," Armstrong said about Van Vleuten, adding that 17 years after her first Olympics, she "couldn't be more proud" of the new champion.

Video: Kristin Armstrong on "Olympic Zone," talking about passing the baton to a new time trials champion

Armstrong has retired from competitive cycling, but remains active in the sport as a coach and as owner of Pivot Lifestyle and Fitness centers in Boise and Meridian. She also is co-hosting the "Olympic Zone" show on KTVB, which airs at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday during the Tokyo games.

Link: KTVB Instagram profile

Head to the KTVB Olympics page for more Olympic stories, schedules, updates and medal count.


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