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Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): The Mall, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012

Gold: NED Marianne Vos
Silver: GBR Lizzie Armitstead
Bronze: RUS Olga Zabelinskaya


Following [Mark Cavendish]'s disappointing finish far outside of the podium in the men's road race the previous day, the host nation of the 2012 Olympics pinned its hopes on [Elizabeth Armitstead] to capture its first medal of the Games. She would be supported by teammates that included [Nicole Cooke], who had won the 2008 Olympic road race, and [Emma Pooley], a former British road race titleholder and Olympic time trial medalist. The favorite in the race, however, was considered to be [Marianne Vos] of the Netherlands who, among numerous other accolades, had won the Olympic Points Race four years earlier in Beijing, the last two editions of the Giro d'Italia Femminile, and silver medals in the road race at the last five World Championships (in addition to her victory at the 2006 edition). Other strong competitors were Italy's [Giorgia Bronzini], who was the World Champion in the event in 2010 and 2011, [Shelley Olds] of the strong United States team, and Germany's [Ina-Yoko Teutenberg], the bronze medalist from the 2011 World Championships, all of whom were thought to be capable of a powerful sprint finish. A notable absence was France's [Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli], who had appeared in every edition of the Olympic women's road race since its inception in 1984 (a then-joint record of seven appearances for a woman) and was its champion in 1996.

London rains soaked the course before and throughout the race and helped keep the breakaways down during the first 100km. With 40 km left to go, however, an otherwise innocuous breakaway by Russian [Olga Zabelinskaya] turned into a serious threat when she was joined by Vos and, soon after, Armitstead and Olds. When Olds punctured a tire, the field was reduced to three and the breakaway was firmly established, the intermittent downpours now working in the leaders' favor by keeping the rest of the pack at bay. The final moments came down to the strong sprinting powers of Vos and Armitstead and, in the end, Vos took home the gold. Armitstead's silver finish was Britain's first medal of the Games and was followed later in the day by a bronze from [Becky Adlington] in the [Women's 400 metre freestyle]. Zabelinskaya finished in third for the road race bronze, following the footsteps of her father [Sergey Sukhoruchenkov], who had won the men's road race at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T/M
1 Marianne Vos 25 Netherlands NED Gold 3-35:29
2 Lizzie Armitstead 23 Great Britain GBR Silver same time
3 Olga Zabelinskaya 32 Russia RUS Bronze at 0:02
4 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg 37 Germany GER at 0:27
5 Giorgia Bronzini 28 Italy ITA same time
6 Emma Johansson 28 Sweden SWE same time
7 Shelley Olds 31 United States USA same time
8 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 20 France FRA same time
9 Liesbet De Vocht 33 Belgium BEL same time
10 Aude Biannic 21 France FRA same time
11 Katarzyna Pawłowska 22 Poland POL same time
12 Joelle Numainville 24 Canada CAN same time
13 Na A-Reum 22 South Korea KOR same time
14 Annemiek van Vleuten 29 Netherlands NED same time
15 Yelena Omelyusik 23 Belarus BLR same time
16 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio 26 South Africa RSA same time
17 Grete Treier 34 Estonia EST same time
18 Linda Villumsen 27 New Zealand NZL same time
19 Emilia Fahlin 23 Sweden SWE same time
20 Pia Sundstedt 37 Finland FIN same time
21 Christine Majerus 25 Luxembourg LUX same time
22 Polona Batagelj 23 Slovenia SLO same time
23 Clemilda Silva 33 Brazil BRA same time
24 Evelyn Stevens 29 United States USA same time
25 Tatyana Antoshina 29 Russia RUS same time
26 Evelyn García 29 El Salvador ESA same time
27 Denise Ramsden 21 Canada CAN same time
28 Joanna Hotchkiss 30 South Africa RSA same time
29 Maaike Polspoel 23 Belgium BEL at 0:32
30 Tania Guderzo 27 Italy ITA same time
31 Nicole Cooke 29 Great Britain GBR same time
32 Clara Hughes 39 Canada CAN same time
33 Trixi Worrack 30 Germany GER at 0:35
34 Noemi Cantele 31 Italy ITA same time
35 Kristin Armstrong 38 United States USA at 0:47
36 Amber Neben 37 United States USA at 0:51
37 Judith Arndt 36 Germany GER at 0:59
38 Larisa Pankova 21 Russia RUS at 1:53
39 Shara Gillow 24 Australia AUS same time
40 Emma Pooley 29 Great Britain GBR at 1:57
AC Ingrid Drexel 18 Mexico MEX at 13:50 OTL
AC Loes Gunnewijk 31 Netherlands NED at 13:54 OTL
AC Charlotte Becker 29 Germany GER same time OTL
AC Liu Xin 25 China CHN at 15:21 OTL
AC Monia Baccaille 28 Italy ITA same time OTL
AC Fernanda Souza 30 Brazil BRA same time OTL
AC Ellen van Dijk 25 Netherlands NED same time OTL
AC Lucy Martin 22 Great Britain GBR same time OTL
AC Hsiao Mei-Yu 27 Chinese Taipei TPE same time OTL
AC Alona Andruk 25 Ukraine UKR same time OTL
AC Audrey Cordon 22 France FRA same time OTL
AC Ludivine Henrion 28 Belgium BEL same time OTL
AC Robyn de Groot 29 South Africa RSA same time OTL
AC Amanda Spratt 24 Australia AUS same time OTL
AC Chloe Hosking 21 Australia AUS same time OTL
AC Yumari González 33 Cuba CUB at 21:20 OTL
AC Emilie Moberg 21 Norway NOR same time OTL
AC Isabelle Söderberg 23 Sweden SWE at 21:21 OTL
AC Jamie Wong 25 Hong Kong HKG same time OTL
AC Mayuko Hagiwara 25 Japan JPN DNF
AC Danielys García 25 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Paola Muñoz 26 Chile CHI DNF
AC Aurélie Halbwachs 25 Mauritius MRI DNF
AC Yelena Chalykh 38 Azerbaijan AZE DNF
AC Jutatip Maneephan 24 Thailand THA DNF
AC Janildes Fernandes 31 Brazil BRA DNF