Date of Birth: 23/09/1983
Place of Birth: Sollefteå, Sweden
Disciplines: Road, Cyclocross
15 times Swedish National Champion Emma Johansson was born on 23 September 1983, in Solleftea, Sweden. The 33 year old has a very impressive palmares and is one of the most respectable athletes in the peloton. Johansson’s longevity in the sport is a testament to her exceptional capabilities and is capable of achieving results on a large variety of terrain.
Next to her 15 national titles Johansson won a lot of races but her most remarkable results where winning two silver medals at the Olympic Games (2012/2016), winning the Emakumeen Bira (2013/2016), Thüringen Rundfahrt (3x), the Omloop het Nieuwsblad (2x), Trofeo Binda (2014) and finishing on the podium of the World Championships (3x). But above all Johansson collected a lot of second and thirds in World Cup races like Tour of Flanders, Fleche Wallonne, Trofeo Binda, GP Plouay and the Open de Suede Vargarda. Due to her consistency Johansson belongs to the World top for a few years now given the fact she was the Nr. 1 on the UCI list in 2013.
Johansson started her pro career in 2006 with the Spanish Bizkaia-Durango team. Living in Zingem (Belgium) or Vestskogen (Norway) together with her husband former pro and Wiggle High5 sports-director Martin Vestby, Johansson rode for a number of teams over the years including Vlaanderen-Caprisonne (2007), AA Drink (2008), Red Sun (2009, 2010), Hitec Products (2011, 2012) and Australian Orica-AIS team (2013-2015) before joining the Wiggle High5 team in 2016.
Johansson started out as a talented cross-country skier but at the age of thirteen she discovered the thrills of mountainbiking. She immediately realised that it was the perfect sport for her and she attended the Cycling school of Skara for 4 years. Because most of the training was on the road, road racing soon became her main sport. After she graduated from cycling school she decided to become a professional cyclist. She moved to Spain for 4 months. Initally things did not turn out the way she wanted too but in the end it led to her first pro contract with the Bizkaia-Durango team.
Johansson who earlier announced that 2016 would be her last season as a full time professional will continue with the team in 2017. The 33-year-old will be developing her post-riding career as she continues to mentor the younger athletes on the team.
2nd 2016 Tour of Flanders
2nd 2016 Olympic Games Road Race
Swedish National TT Champion 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Swedish National Road Champion 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Swedish National CX Champion 2014
Trophee D’Or: 2008, 2010
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: 2010, 2011
Thüringen Rundfahrt: 2011, 2013, 2015
Emakumeen Bira: 2013, 2016
2nd 2008 Olympic Games Road Race
3rd World Championships Road Race: 2010, 2014
2nd 2013 World Championships Road Race
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