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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Omnium

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Velodrome, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 14, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016
Format: Six events, points given for placement in each event. Final standings determined by total points for the six events.

Gold: ITA Elia Viviani
Silver: GBR Mark Cavendish
Bronze: DEN Lasse Norman Hansen

Summary

The men’s omnium was widely anticipated at the Rio Olympics because it matched some of the world’s best endurance track riders with a number of riders returning to the track after successful careers on the road. [Fernando Gaviria] of Colombia had won the last two World Championships and was favourite to add the Olympic title, but there was an air of anticipation to see how road specialists [Elia Viviani] and [Mark Cavendish] would fare in Rio. Reigning champion [Lasse Norman Hansen] of Denmark was also considered a strong candidate for gold.

After two of the six events it appeared Hansen would be unstoppable in his pursuit of glory. He won both the scratch race and pursuit but a momentary lapse of concentration in the early stages of the elimination race ruined his chances in a split second. This meant that as the riders approached the final points race Viviani led Cavendish by a small but defendable margin. The Italian then spent the race closely marking the Briton so that he was unable close the gap. Hansen recovered enough points in the final race to win bronze and nearly catch Cavendish for silver.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Elia Viviani 27 Italy ITA Gold 207
2 Mark Cavendish 31 Great Britain GBR Silver 194
3 Lasse Norman Hansen 24 Denmark DEN Bronze 192
4 Fernando Gaviria 21 Colombia COL 181
5 Thomas Boudat 22 France FRA 172
6 Roger Kluge 30 Germany GER 167
7 Glenn O'Shea 27 Australia AUS 144
8 Dylan Kennett 21 New Zealand NZL 143
9 Tim Veldt 32 Netherlands NED 111
10 Artyom Zakharov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 111
11 Leung Chun Wing 22 Hong Kong HKG 105
12 Gaël Suter 24 Switzerland SUI 95
13 Gideoni Monteiro 26 Brazil BRA 94
14 Kazushige Kuboki 27 Japan JPN 81
15 Ignacio Prado 22 Mexico MEX 73
AC Park Sang-Hoon 23 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Bobby Lea 32 United States USA DNF
AC Jasper De Buyst 22 Belgium BEL DNF