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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 6, 2016

Gold: BEL Greg Van Avermaet
Silver: DEN Jakob Fuglsang
Bronze: POL Rafał Majka

Summary

With a course suited to stage racers with several steep climbs and also incorporating a 2 km cobbled section, akin to the Paris-Roubaix, the reigning champions in all three Grand Tours, [Chris Froome], Great Britain, (Tour de France), [Vincenzo Nibali], Italy (Giro d’Italia) and [Fabio Aru], Italy (Vuelta de España) were in the Rio starting line-up. [Alberto Contador] of Spain did not compete and Nairo Quintana of Colombia, who finished third in the Tour de France shortly before the Olympics, opted out of Rio to concentrate on the Vuelta after the Games. Spain’s best chance of gold came from [Alejandro Valverde], bronze medalist at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 World Championships and four Grand Tour podiums in the last three years.

There were no changes in the format since London 2012, with the 144 starters setting off in a mass start from Flamengo Park and, after travelling 37.4 km along Avenida Atlântica, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and Copacabana Beach, they then completed four laps of the 24.7 km Grumari circuit, which was used for the time trials, and had two challenging climbs; the Grota Funda and the Grumari climb. After leaving Grumari the competitors engaged in a 26.4 km ride to the 25.7 km Vista Chinesa circuit, with its two climbs; Canoas and Vista Chinesa, and its 6 km descent, of which they completed two laps followed by a third loop of 20.2 km and then the 3.3 km ride back to Flamengo Park. The total distance was 237.5 km.

The fans were treated to high drama and none more than in the closing stages. After just 15 km, however, came the first attack by six riders and they gradually increased their lead to over seven minutes. They stayed together at the front, falling apart around 160 km, but one of the leaders, [Michał Kwiatkowski] of Poland, the 2014 World Champion, actually stayed in the lead, either on his own, or part of a group, until the 197 km mark – a total of 185 km in the lead. He was dropped from the leading group at that point but got back into it and he was still one of the 11-man breakaway group at 207 km, which also included [Sergio Luis Henao] of Colombia and the British pair of [Adam Yates], winner of the Young Rider classification in the 2016 Tour de France and [Geraint Thomas], who sportingly stopped and waited while Chris Froome changed his bike at 142 km. Henao was a member of the Sky team that helped Froome win his third Tour de France in 2016.

With just 16.5 km to go, Sergio Luis Henao, 2016 Giro winner Nibali and [Rafał Majka] of Poland were the three front runners and seemed to have the medal positions wrapped up between them, but just four kilometres later, Henao and Nibali crashed heavily on the Vista Chinesa descent, which is where Geraint Thomas and Australia’s [Richie Porte]’s races also ended. This accident allowed the 2016 Tour de France King of the Mountains winner Majka to build up a 20-second lead that he soon extended to 24 seconds. With seven men in the chasing pack, however, he was caught with 1400 metres to go as Belgium’s [Greg Van Avermaet] crossed the line first in 6hr 10min 5sec and enjoyed the biggest win of his career, bettering his 2015 and 2016 stage wins in the Tour de France. Van Avermaet’s father [Ronald] also competed in the road race, at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. This was only Belgium’s second ever gold in the men’s road race, following [André Noyelle]’s win in 1952. Majka held on for the bronze with [Jakob Fuglsang] winning the silver medal with the same time as van Avermaet.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T/M
1 Greg Van Avermaet 31 Belgium BEL Gold 6-10:05
2 Jakob Fuglsang 31 Denmark DEN Silver same time
3 Rafał Majka 26 Poland POL Bronze at 0:05
4 Julian Alaphilippe 24 France FRA at 0:22
5 Joaquim Rodríguez 37 Spain ESP same time
6 Fabio Aru 26 Italy ITA same time
7 Louis Meintjes 24 South Africa RSA same time
8 Andrey Zeyts 29 Kazakhstan KAZ same time
9 Tanel Kangert 29 Estonia EST at 1:47
10 Rui Costa 29 Portugal POR at 2:29
11 Geraint Thomas 30 Great Britain GBR same time
12 Chris Froome 31 Great Britain GBR at 2:58
13 Dan Martin 29 Ireland IRL same time
14 Emanuel Buchmann 23 Germany GER same time
15 Adam Yates 23 Great Britain GBR at 3:03
16 Brent Bookwalter 32 United States USA at 3:31
17 Bauke Mollema 29 Netherlands NED same time
18 Kristijan Đurasek 29 Croatia CRO same time
19 Sébastien Reichenbach 27 Switzerland SUI same time
20 Fränk Schleck 36 Luxembourg LUX same time
21 Esteban Chaves 26 Colombia COL at 3:34
22 Serge Pauwels 32 Belgium BEL at 6:12
23 Alexis Vuillermoz 28 France FRA same time
24 Romain Bardet 25 France FRA same time
25 Simon Clarke 30 Australia AUS same time
26 Primož Roglič 26 Slovenia SLO at 9:38
27 Yukiya Arashiro 31 Japan JPN same time
28 Daryl Impey 31 South Africa RSA same time
29 Nicholas Roche 32 Ireland IRL same time
30 Alejandro Valverde 36 Spain ESP same time
31 Sergey Chernetsky 26 Russia RUS same time
32 Christopher Juul Jensen 27 Denmark DEN same time
33 George Bennett 26 New Zealand NZL at 11:49
34 Fabian Cancellara 35 Switzerland SUI same time
35 Ramūnas Navardauskas 28 Lithuania LTU at 12:18
36 André Cardoso 31 Portugal POR same time
37 Eduardo Sepúlveda 25 Argentina ARG same time
38 Pavel Kochetkov 30 Russia RUS same time
39 Steven Kruijswijk 29 Netherlands NED same time
40 Damiano Caruso 28 Italy ITA same time
41 Andriy Hryvko 32 Ukraine UKR at 13:18
42 Philippe Gilbert 34 Belgium BEL same time
43 Daniel Teklehaymanot 27 Eritrea ERI at 19:20
44 Georg Preidler 26 Austria AUT at 19:37
45 Patrik Tybor 28 Slovakia SVK at 20:00
46 Aleksejs Saramotins 34 Latvia LAT same time
47 Anasse Aït El Abdia 23 Morocco MAR same time
48 Lars Petter Nordhaug 32 Norway NOR same time
49 Konstantin Sivtsov 33 Belarus BLR same time
50 Vegard Stake Laengen 27 Norway NOR same time
51 Giannis Tamouridis 36 Greece GRE same time
52 Jan Polanc 24 Slovenia SLO same time
53 José Mendes 31 Portugal POR same time
54 Andrey Amador 29 Costa Rica CRC same time
55 Mike Woods 29 Canada CAN same time
56 Michał Gołaś 32 Poland POL same time
57 Simon Å pilak 30 Slovenia SLO same time
58 Petr Vakoč 24 Czech Republic CZE same time
59 Toms Skujiņš 25 Latvia LAT same time
60 Chris Anker Sørensen 31 Denmark DEN same time
61 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev 24 Kazakhstan KAZ same time
62 Michał Kwiatkowski 26 Poland POL same time
63 Alessandro De Marchi 30 Italy ITA at 20:05
AC Murilo Fischer 37 Brazil BRA at 31:47 OTL
AC Ignatas Konovalovas 30 Lithuania LTU same time OTL
AC Jonathan Castroviejo 29 Spain ESP DNF
AC Imanol Erviti 32 Spain ESP DNF
AC Ion Izagirre 27 Spain ESP DNF
AC Sergio Luis Henao 28 Colombia COL DNF
AC Miguel Ángel López 22 Colombia COL DNF
AC Jarlinson Pantano 27 Colombia COL DNF
AC Rigoberto Urán 29 Colombia COL DNF
AC Warren Barguil 24 France FRA DNF
AC Steve Cummings 35 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Ian Stannard 29 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Rohan Dennis 26 Australia AUS DNF
AC Scott Bowden 21 Australia AUS DNF
AC Richie Porte 31 Australia AUS DNF
AC Laurens De Plus 20 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Tim Wellens 25 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Tom Dumoulin 25 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Wout Poels 28 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Vincenzo Nibali 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Diego Rosa 27 Italy ITA DNF
AC Michael Albasini 35 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Steve Morabito 33 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Simon Geschke 30 Germany GER DNF
AC Maximilian Levy 29 Germany GER DNF
AC Tony Martin 31 Germany GER DNF
AC Edvald Boasson Hagen 29 Norway NOR DNF
AC Sven Erik Bystrøm 24 Norway NOR DNF
AC Maciej Bodnar 31 Poland POL DNF
AC Jan Bárta 31 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Leopold König 28 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Zdeněk Štybar 30 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Denys Kostiuk 34 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Andriy Khrypta 29 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Matej Mohorič 21 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Ghader Mizbani 40 Iran IRI DNF
AC Arvin Moazami 26 Iran IRI DNF
AC Samad Pourseyedi 30 Iran IRI DNF
AC Nélson Oliveira 27 Portugal POR DNF
AC Abderrahmane Mansouri 21 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Youcef Reguigui 26 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Stefan Denifl 28 Austria AUT DNF
AC Soufiane Haddi 25 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Mouhcine Lahsaini 30 Morocco MAR DNF
AC Taylor Phinney 26 United States USA DNF
AC Rein Taaramäe 29 Estonia EST DNF
AC Zac Williams 21 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Antoine Duchesne 24 Canada CAN DNF
AC Hugo Houle 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Vasily Kiriyenko 35 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Kohei Uchima 27 Japan JPN DNF
AC Kim Ok-Cheol 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Seo Joon-Yong 28 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Yonathan Monsalve 27 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Miguel Ubeto 39 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Matija Kvasina 34 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Daniel Díaz 27 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Maximiliano Richeze 33 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Cheung King Lok 25 Hong Kong HKG DNF
AC José Luis Rodríguez 22 Chile CHI DNF
AC Adrien Niyonshuti 29 Rwanda RWA DNF
AC Maksim Averin 30 Azerbaijan AZE DNF
AC Serghei Țvetcov 27 Romania ROU DNF
AC Luís Lemus 24 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Onur Balkan 20 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Ahmet Örken 23 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Kléber Ramos 30 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Ali Nouisri 22 Tunisia TUN DNF
AC Stefan Hristov 31 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Manuel Rodas 32 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Bayron Guama 31 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Ivan Stević 36 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay 24 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Diego Milán 31 Dominican Republic DOM DNF
AC Dan Craven 33 Namibia NAM DNF
AC Óscar Soliz 31 Bolivia BOL DNF
AC Qendrim Guri 22 Kosovo KOS DNF
AC Brian Babilonia 21 Puerto Rico PUR DNF
AC Yousif Mirza 27 United Arab Emirates UAE DNF
AC Ariya Phounsavath 25 Laos LAO DNF
AC Aleksey Kurbatov 22 Russia RUS DNF