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Cycling at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women'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 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 7, 2016

Gold: NED Anna van der Breggen
Silver: SWE Emma Johansson
Bronze: ITA Elisa Longo Borghini


The 2012 and 2013 World Road Race winner [Marianne Vos] of the Netherlands was in Rio to defend the title she won in London four years earlier, but a lot of inactivity in the previous two years meant that it was not a very realistic prospect. Britain’s [Lizzie Armitstead], however, the silver medalist in 2012 and reigning world champion, was one of the fancied riders despite some people feeling she should have been banned after missing three OOC doping tests between August 2015 and June 2016. She was cleared to compete in the Olympics, however, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Furthermore, Armitstead had 16 ‘clean’ tests in 2016. Other potential medalists were London 2012 bronze medalist [Olga Zabelinskaya], and 2015 World Championship silver and bronze medalists [Anna van der Breggen], Netherlands, and [Megan Guarnier], USA.

There were no changes in the format since London 2012, with the 68 starters setting off in a mass start from Flamengo Park and, after travelling 37.4 km along Avenida Atlântica, completing two laps of the 24.7 km Grumari circuit, which was used for the time trials, before a 26.4 km ride to the Vista Chinesa circuit where they completed a 20.4 km loop followed by the 3.3 km ride back to Flamengo Park. The total distance being 136.9 km.

First to attack at 21 km was the youngest rider in the race, 20-year-old [Lotte Kopecky] of Belgium, and five kilometres later she had a lead of over two minutes. She kept extending her lead with [Romy Kasper] of Germany making a move out of the peloton to chase Kopecky, but the German was soon back with the pack. At 48 km it was then up to [Ellen van Dijk] (Netherlands), [Giorgia Bronzini] (Italy) and [Anna Plichta] (Poland) to chase Kopecky, and her lead at 62 km was below a minute for the first time in the last 39 km. Shortly afterwards she was back with the group before [Audrey Cordon] of France was next to attack at 81 km but her lead did not last long and all the riders were together again at 89 km. Seven riders then made a break and in the group was the defending champion Marianne Vos. That leading pack was soon down to four riders: van der Breggen, van Vleuten, [Mara Abbott] (USA) and [Elisa Longo Borghini] of Italy, the daughter of the Olympic cross country skier [Guidina Dal Sasso]. Van Vleuten then made a break with 18 km to go but was joined by Abbott with [Emma Johansson] joining the chasing pack of three riders some 50 seconds behind. With 15 km to go it started raining and van Vleuten was in the lead on her own but on the fast descent on the Vista Chinesa circuit back to the start, just as in the men’s race the day before, when the outright leaders crashed, van Vleuten had a bad crash. This left Abbott the lone leader 40 seconds ahead of three three chasers van der Breggen, Longo Borghini and Johansson but, agonizingly for the American, she was caught metres from the line with van der Breggen crossing the line first to make it successive women’s Olympic road race titles for the Netherlands, after Marianne Vos in 2012. For Abbott, she missed out on a medal as both Johansson and Longo Borghini overtook her for silver and bronze respectively. For Johansson, it was her second silver to add to the one she won in Beijing. Before turning professional in 2012, the Dutch champion, and 2015 and 2016 Flèche Wallonne winner, van der Breggen trained as a nurse, and completed an internship in Ghana.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T/M
1 Anna van der Breggen 26 Netherlands NED Gold 3-51:27
2 Emma Johansson 32 Sweden SWE Silver same time
3 Elisa Longo Borghini 24 Italy ITA Bronze same time
4 Mara Abbott 30 United States USA at 0:04
5 Lizzie Armitstead 27 Great Britain GBR at 0:20
6 Katarzyna Niewiadoma 21 Poland POL same time
7 Flávia Oliveira 34 Brazil BRA same time
8 Jolanda Neff 23 Switzerland SUI same time
9 Marianne Vos 29 Netherlands NED at 1:14
10 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio 30 South Africa RSA same time
11 Megan Guarnier 31 United States USA same time
12 Evelyn Stevens 33 United States USA at 1:16
13 Yelena Omelyusik 27 Belarus BLR at 2:16
14 Tania Guderzo 31 Italy ITA at 2:19
15 Amanda Spratt 28 Australia AUS at 4:09
16 Olga Zabelinskaya 36 Russia RUS at 4:25
17 Eri Yonamine 25 Japan JPN at 4:56
18 Christine Majerus 29 Luxembourg LUX at 5:07
19 Lisa Brennauer 28 Germany GER same time
20 Elena Cecchini 24 Italy ITA same time
21 Ellen van Dijk 29 Netherlands NED same time
22 Rachel Neylan 34 Australia AUS same time
23 Linda Villumsen 31 New Zealand NZL same time
24 Małgorzata Jasińska 32 Poland POL same time
25 Karol-Ann Canuel 28 Canada CAN same time
26 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot 24 France FRA same time
27 Emilia Fahlin 27 Sweden SWE at 6:36
28 Arlenis Sierra 23 Cuba CUB same time
29 Anisha Vekemans 24 Belgium BEL same time
30 Na A-Reum 26 South Korea KOR same time
31 Claudia Lichtenberg 30 Germany GER same time
32 Polona Batagelj 27 Slovenia SLO same time
33 Vita Heine 31 Norway NOR at 7:07
34 Daiva Tušlaitė 30 Lithuania LTU same time
35 Yelena Pavluxina 27 Azerbaijan AZE at 7:38
36 Hanna Solovei 24 Ukraine UKR at 9:35
37 Audrey Cordon 26 France FRA at 9:37
38 Leah Kirchmann 26 Canada CAN at 10:02
39 An-Li Kachelhoffer 28 South Africa RSA same time
40 Ana Sanabria 26 Colombia COL same time
41 Anna Plichta 24 Poland POL same time
42 Giorgia Bronzini 33 Italy ITA at 10:06
43 Trixi Worrack 34 Germany GER same time
44 Romy Kasper 28 Germany GER at 10:40
45 Lotte Kopecky 20 Belgium BEL same time
46 Martina Ritter 33 Austria AUT same time
47 Ane Santesteban 25 Spain ESP at 11:32
48 Shani Bloch 37 Israel ISR same time
49 Gracie Elvin 27 Australia AUS at 11:34
50 Yennifer César 27 Venezuela VEN at 11:51
51 Lotta Lepistö 27 Finland FIN at 12:07
52 Nikki Harris 29 Great Britain GBR same time
53 Emma Pooley 33 Great Britain GBR at 17:45
AC Clemilda Silva 37 Brazil BRA at 23:12 OTL
AC Antri Christoforou 24 Cyprus CYP at 24:57 OTL
AC Annemiek van Vleuten 33 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Kristin Armstrong 42 United States USA DNF
AC Katrin Garfoot 34 Australia AUS DNF
AC Tara Whitten 36 Canada CAN DNF
AC Sara Mustonen 35 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Ann-Sophie Duyck 29 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Chantal Hoffmann 28 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Carolina Rodríguez 22 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Paola Muñoz 30 Chile CHI DNF
AC Jutatip Maneephan 28 Thailand THA DNF
AC Vera Adrian 22 Namibia NAM DNF
AC Milagro Mena 23 Costa Rica CRC DNF
AC Huang Ting-Ying 26 Chinese Taipei TPE DQ