| Event type

Road Race, Individual, Women

Date29 July 2012 — 12:00
LocationThe Mall, London
Participants66 from 35 countries
DetailsDistance: 140.3 km

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.

18Marianne VosNED3-35:29Gold
22Lizzie ArmitsteadGBRsame timeSilver
329Olga ZabelinskayaRUSat 0:02Bronze
411Ina-Yoko TeutenbergGERat 0:27
518Giorgia BronziniITAsame time
625Emma JohanssonSWEsame time
715Shelley OldsUSAsame time
838Pauline Ferrand-PrévotFRAsame time
933Liesbet De VochtBELsame time
1036Aude BiannicFRAsame time
1159Katarzyna PawłowskaPOLsame time
1231Joëlle NumainvilleCANsame time
1354Na A-ReumKORsame time
147Annemiek van VleutenNEDsame time
1549Alena AmialiusikBLRsame time
1644Ashleigh MoolmanRSAsame time
1756Grete TreierESTsame time
1839Linda VillumsenNZLsame time
1924Emilia FahlinSWEsame time
2061Pia SundstedtFINsame time
2153Christine MajerusLUXsame time
2264Polona BatageljSLOsame time
2341Clemilda FernandesBRAsame time
2416Evelyn StevensUSAsame time
2527Tatyana AntoshinaRUSsame time
2651Evelyn GarcíaESAsame time
2732Denise RamsdenCANsame time
2845Joanna HotchkissRSAsame time
2935Maaike PolspoelBELat 0:32
3020Tania GuderzoITAsame time
311Nicole CookeGBRsame time
3230Clara HughesCANsame time
3312Trixi WorrackGERat 0:35
3419Noemi CanteleITAsame time
3513Kristin ArmstrongUSAat 0:47
3614Amber NebenUSAat 0:51
379Judith ArndtGERat 0:59
3828Larisa PankovaRUSat 1:53
3921Shara GillowAUSsame time
404Emma PooleyGBRat 1:57
DNF55Ingrid DrexelMEXat 13:50overtaken1
DNF5Loes GunnewijkNEDat 13:54overtaken2
DNF10Charlotte BeckerGERsame timeovertaken3
DNF50Liu XinCHNat 15:21overtaken4
DNF17Monia BaccailleITAsame timeovertaken5
DNF40Fernanda SouzaBRAsame timeovertaken6
DNF6Ellen van DijkNEDsame timeovertaken7
DNF3Lucy MartinGBRsame timeovertaken8
DNF58Hsiao Mei-YuTPEsame timeovertaken9
DNF48Alona AndrukUKRsame timeovertaken10
DNF37Audrey CordonFRAsame timeovertaken11
DNF34Ludivine HenrionBELsame timeovertaken12
DNF43Robyn de GrootRSAsame timeovertaken13
DNF23Amanda SprattAUSsame timeovertaken14
DNF22Chloe HoskingAUSsame timeovertaken15
DNF46Yumari GonzálezCUBat 21:20overtaken16
DNF52Emilie MobergNORsame timeovertaken17
DNF26Isabelle SöderbergSWEat 21:21overtaken18
DNF62Jamie WongHKGsame timeovertaken19
DNF63Mayuko HagiwaraJPN
DNF47Danielys GarcíaVEN
DNF66Paola MuñozCHI
DNF65Aurélie HalbwachsMRI
DNF60Yelena ChalykhAZE
DNF57Jutatip ManeephanTHA
DNF42Janildes FernandesBRA