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Cycling at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): The Mall, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: July 28, 2012

Gold: KAZ Aleksandr Vinokurov
Silver: COL Rigoberto Urán
Bronze: NOR Alexander Kristoff

Summary

The winner of the men's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Spain's Samuel Sánchez, was injured during the 2012 Tour de France and bowed out of defending his title in London. This left silver medalist Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, who had also won the individual time trial in Beijing, as a significant favorite going into the event, although many observers also placed their bets on local hero Mark Cavendish, who was to be supported by a British "dream team" that included multiple Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins, who just days before had won the Tour de France. The course's flat terrain was thought to be the ideal setting for strong sprinters such as Cavendish to capture the podium.

A strong overall British team led the pack for much of the race, but slowly its members began to drop off from the competition. They were further set back when they decided against joining a critical breakaway 40km from the finish, hoping instead to stay with the peloton and have Cavendish sprint to gold in the final stretch of the race. With approximately 15km left to go, Cancellara crashed on a turn, opening up the competition to some of the second favorites such as Germany's Andre Greipel and Belgium's Tom Boonen. With approximately 10km to go, however, Columbia's Rigoberto Urán and Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Vinokurov broke away from the pack and led it for the remainder of the race. The duo was neck and neck until the end, when Urán slowed to look behind and Vinokurov bolted forwards for an easy victory. When the remainder of the pack caught up, it was Norway's Alexander Kristoff who claimed the bronze.

Vinokurov was a dark horse for the victory. Although he had been cycling in the Olympics since 1996, and won silver in the individual road race in 2000 (having supposedly given up his shot at a victory to help his former professional teammate Jan Ullrich take gold that year), he was banned from the sport for two years in 2007 after testing positive for blood doping. He announced his retirement later that year, but returned in 2009 and continued to ride until 2011, when a fall during the Tour de France led him to proclaim retirement once more. After better than anticipated results with rehabilitation, however, he returned to cycling for the 2012 season, hoping to make the 2012 Olympic road race his last major competition. His victory, at nearly 39 years old, made him the oldest Olympic road racing champion, besting a record set by Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli of France in 1996. Urán's medal, meanwhile, was the first for Columbia in the Olympic road race and Kristoff's was Norway's first since Dag Otto Lauritzen's in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T/M
1 Aleksandr Vinokurov 38 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold 5-45:57
2 Rigoberto Urán 25 Colombia COL Silver same time
3 Alexander Kristoff 25 Norway NOR Bronze at 0:08
4 Taylor Phinney 22 United States USA same time
5 Sergey Lagutin 31 Uzbekistan UZB same time
6 Stuart O'Grady 38 Australia AUS same time
7 Jurgen Roelandts 27 Belgium BEL same time
8 Grégory Rast 32 Switzerland SUI same time
9 Luca Paolini 35 Italy ITA same time
10 Jack Bauer 27 New Zealand NZL same time
11 Lars Boom 26 Netherlands NED same time
12 Jakob Fuglsang 27 Denmark DEN same time
13 Rui Costa 25 Portugal POR same time
14 Luís León Sánchez 28 Spain ESP same time
15 Roman Kreuziger 26 Czech Republic CZE same time
16 Sergio Luis Henao 24 Colombia COL same time
17 Andriy Hryvko 28 Ukraine UKR same time
18 Alejandro Valverde 32 Spain ESP same time
19 Philippe Gilbert 30 Belgium BEL same time
20 Sylvain Chavanel 33 France FRA same time
21 Janez Brajkovič 28 Slovenia SLO same time
22 Fumiyuki Beppu 29 Japan JPN same time
23 Robert Gesink 26 Netherlands NED same time
24 Aleksandr Kolobnev 31 Russia RUS same time
25 Lars Petter Nordhaug 28 Norway NOR same time
26 Jonathan Castroviejo 25 Spain ESP at 0:16
27 Andre Greipel 30 Germany GER at 0:40
28 Tom Boonen 31 Belgium BEL same time
29 Mark Cavendish 27 Great Britain GBR same time
30 Arnaud Demare 20 France FRA same time
31 Francisco Ventoso 30 Spain ESP same time
32 Murilo Fischer 33 Brazil BRA same time
33 Tyler Farrar 28 United States USA same time
34 Peter Sagan 22 Slovakia SVK same time
35 Andrey Amador 25 Costa Rica CRC same time
36 Bernhard Eisel 31 Austria AUT same time
37 Wong Kam Po 39 Hong Kong HKG same time
38 Elia Viviani 23 Italy ITA same time
39 Hector Zamarron 31 Mexico MEX same time
40 Daryl Impey 27 South Africa RSA same time
41 Radoslav Rogina 33 Croatia CRO same time
42 Matti Breschel 27 Denmark DEN same time
43 Asan Bazayev 31 Kazakhstan KAZ same time
44 José Joaquín Rojas 27 Spain ESP same time
45 Miguel Ubeto 35 Venezuela VEN same time
46 Borut Božič 31 Slovenia SLO same time
47 Ramūnas Navardauskas 24 Lithuania LTU same time
48 Yukiya Arashiro 27 Japan JPN same time
49 Manuel Cardoso 29 Portugal POR same time
50 Rene Mandri 28 Estonia EST same time
51 Jackson Rodríguez 27 Venezuela VEN same time
52 Vladimir Isaychev 26 Russia RUS same time
53 Yevgeny Gutarovich 28 Belarus BLR same time
54 Ivan Stević 32 Serbia SRB same time
55 David McCann 39 Ireland IRL same time
56 Aleksejs Saramotins 30 Latvia LAT same time
57T Martin Elmiger 33 Switzerland SUI same time
57T Nicki Sørensen 37 Denmark DEN same time
59 Gediminas Bagdonas 26 Lithuania LTU same time
60 Michał Kwiatkowski 22 Poland POL same time
61 Danail Petrov 34 Bulgaria BUL same time
62 Adil Jelloul 30 Morocco MAR same time
63 Ryder Hesjedal 31 Canada CAN same time
64 Laurent Didier 28 Luxembourg LUX same time
65 Jussi Veikkanen 31 Finland FIN same time
66 Dmytro Kryvtsov 27 Ukraine UKR same time
67 Arnold Alcolea 29 Cuba CUB same time
68 Kristijan Đurasek 24 Croatia CRO same time
69 Nélson Oliveira 23 Portugal POR same time
70 Tomas Gil 35 Venezuela VEN same time
71 Lars Bak 32 Denmark DEN same time
72 Gonzalo Garrido 38 Chile CHI same time
73 Daniel Teklehaymanot 23 Eritrea ERI same time
74 Sebastian Langeveld 27 Netherlands NED same time
75 Jan Bárta 27 Czech Republic CZE same time
76 Gustav Larsson 31 Sweden SWE same time
77 Vegard Stake Laengen 23 Norway NOR same time
78 Bronislav Samoylov 27 Belarus BLR same time
79 Grega Bole 26 Slovenia SLO same time
80 Cadel Evans 35 Australia AUS same time
81 Daniel Schorn 23 Austria AUT same time
82 Niki Terpstra 28 Netherlands NED same time
83 Simon Gerrans 32 Australia AUS same time
84 Maciej Bodnar 27 Poland POL same time
85 Matt Goss 25 Australia AUS same time
86 Tony Gallopin 24 France FRA same time
87 Michael Schär 25 Switzerland SUI same time
88 Timmy Duggan 29 United States USA same time
89 Nicholas Roche 28 Ireland IRL same time
90 Daniel Martin 25 Ireland IRL same time
91 Michael Rogers 32 Australia AUS same time
92 Greg Van Avermaet 27 Belgium BEL same time
93 Chris Horner 40 United States USA at 0:49
94 Ian Stannard 25 Great Britain GBR at 0:50
95 Bert Grabsch 37 Germany GER same time
96 Michael Albasini 31 Switzerland SUI same time
97 Lieuwe Westra 29 Netherlands NED same time
98 Denis Menshov 34 Russia RUS at 0:54
99 Sacha Modolo 25 Italy ITA same time
100 Stijn Vandenbergh 28 Belgium BEL same time
101 Vincenzo Nibali 27 Italy ITA at 0:56
102 Marcel Sieberg 30 Germany GER at 1:11
103 Bradley Wiggins 32 Great Britain GBR at 1:17
104 Tejay van Garderen 23 United States USA at 1:31
105 John Degenkolb 23 Germany GER at 2:52
106 Fabian Cancellara 31 Switzerland SUI at 5:43
107 Marco Pinotti 36 Italy ITA at 8:07
108 David Millar 35 Great Britain GBR at 9:19
109 Chris Froome 27 Great Britain GBR at 12:27
110 Giannis Tamouridis 32 Greece GRE same time
AC Maximiliano Richeze 29 Argentina ARG at 18:30 OTL
AC Ahmet Akdilek 24 Turkey TUR at 21:46 OTL
AC Gabor Kasa 23 Serbia SRB same time OTL
AC Mehdi Sohrabi 30 Iran IRI same time OTL
AC Bayron Guama 27 Ecuador ECU same time OTL
AC Ali Reza Haghi 33 Iran IRI DNF
AC Gregolry Panizo 26 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Edvald Boasson Hagen 25 Norway NOR DNF
AC Azzadine Lagab 25 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Spas Gyurov 26 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman 21 Malaysia MAS DNF
AC Miraç Kal 28 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Kemal Küçükbay 29 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Murodzhon Khalmuratov 30 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Magno Nazaret 26 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Tony Martin 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Krisztián Lovassy 24 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Amir Rusli 25 Malaysia MAS DNF
AC Oleg Berdos 25 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Michał Gołaś 28 Poland POL DNF
AC Andrei Nechita 24 Romania ROU DNF
AC Vasily Kiriyenko 31 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Greg Henderson 35 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Giorgi Nadiradze 24 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Park Seong-Baek 27 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Soufiane Haddi 21 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Manuel Rodas 28 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Dan Craven 29 Namibia NAM DNF
AC Mouhcine Lahsaini 26 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Omar Hasanin 33 Syria SYR DNF
AC Jorge Soto Perera 25 Uruguay URU DNF
AC Fabio Duarte 26 Colombia COL DNF
AC Mickaël Bourgain 32 France FRA DNF
AC Amir Zargari 31 Iran IRI DNF