| Event type

Road Race, Individual, Men

Date24 July 2021 — 11:00
LocationFuji Speedway, Oyama, Suntō District, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Participants126 from 57 countries
Venue detailsDistance: 234 km

The road race started in Musashinonomori Park and finished at the Fuji Speedway in the Shizuoka. The race was more suited to climbers because of the severity of some of the climbs, including the 14 km ascent on Mount Fuji.

The leading contenders in Tokyo were the No. 1 and 2 ranked Slovenians, the 2020 and 2021 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar, and former world junior champion ski-jumper Primož Roglič, winner of the Vuelta a España in 2019 and 2020. The defending Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium was hoping to become the first man to successfully defend his title. South America’s best chance was with Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz, who came to the Games having finished third in the Tour de France, while Spain’s Alejandro Valverde could never be discounted. Great Britain had a strong team, with three Grand Tour winners in their squad. They had the 2018 Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, that year’s Vueta a España winner Simon Yates, and the 2020 Giro d’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart.

Two of the British riders, Hart and Thomas, were involved in a crash in the early part of the race which left them trailing at the back of the field, before they both eventually pulled out of the race. For the 35-year-old Thomas it was the third major race in succession in which he was involved in a collision, following ones at the Giro d’Italia, and the Tour de France just three weeks before the Olympics.

Raced in warm and very humid conditions, a five-man group broke away and built up a 20-minute lead but, on the severe climb up Mount Fuji, that lead was gradually reduced. The climb was too much for the 41-year-old Spaniard Valverde, and the 2018 world champion quit the race. With 48km to go, the breakaway group was pulled back and joined the peloton, before three men, including the Italian Vincenzo Nibali, formed another breakaway. However, with a little more than an hour to go, the two-time Tour de France winner Pogačar took the lead but a group of riders went with him, including the Belgian Wout van Aert, to prevent the Slovenian building up a big lead. Canada’s Mike Woods and Britain’s Adam Yates joined the leaders before Carapaz and Brandon McNulty (USA) pulled clear and built up a 20-second lead which they extended thanks to working together and, with so many riders tiring, it looked like Carapaz and McNulty would fight for gold and silver. However, going into the final 7 km their lead was down to less than 20 seconds, and at around 6 km, Carapaz made a solo break from the tiring McNulty who was rapidly overtaken by the chasing group. Carapaz raced away around the Fuji Speedway, where James Hunt clinched the 1976 World Formula One title, to win by 1:07, and become only the second Olympic gold medallist from Ecuador after Jefferson Pérez in the 20 km walk in 1996. It was then down to eight men to fight it out for the two other medal places and it was Britain’s Adam Yates who made the break for the line but, after a frantic sprint it was the Belgian van Aert and Pogačar who took bronze and silver respectively. A photo-finish revealed that Van Aert took silver by the width of a tyre. Because of the intense heat and humidity, only 85 of the 128 starters finished the race.

160Richard CarapazECU6-05:26Gold
24Wout Van AertBEL6-06:33Silver
36Tadej PogačarSLOsame timeBronze
432Bauke MollemaNEDsame time
579Mike WoodsCANsame time
687Brandon McNultyUSAsame time
713David GauduFRAsame time
838Rigoberto UránCOLsame time
923Adam YatesGBRsame time
1050Maximilian SchachmannGER6-06:47
1170Michał KwiatkowskiPOL6-07:01
1244Jakob FuglsangDEN6-08:09
1355João AlmeidaPOR6-09:04
1424Alberto BettiolITAsame time
1533Dylan van BaarleNEDsame time
1658Dan MartinIRLsame time
1722Simon YatesGBRsame time
1883Patrick KonradAUTsame time
1971Rafał MajkaPOL6-09:06
2027Gianni MosconITA6-09:08
2191Aleksey LutsenkoKAZ6-11:46
2299Toms SkujiņšLATsame time
2317Gorka IzagirreESPsame time
2425Damiano CarusoITAsame time
2551Marc HirschiSUIsame time
2672George BennettNZLsame time
2714Guillaume MartinFRAsame time
288Primož RogličSLOsame time
2948Emanuel BuchmannGERsame time
3085Hermann PernsteinerAUT6-13:17
3154Michael SchärSUIsame time
3262Pavel SivakovROCsame time
3398Krists NeilandsLAT6-15:38
3466Markus HoelgaardNORsame time
35111Yukiya ArashiroJPNsame time
3680Michael KukrleCZEsame time
37100Kevin GenietsLUXsame time
3812Kenny ElissondeFRAsame time
39110Eder FrayreMEXsame time
4052Stefan KüngSUIsame time
4156Nélson OliveiraPORsame time
4219Alejandro ValverdeESPsame time
437Jan PolancSLOsame time
4429Tom DumoulinNEDsame time
4534Esteban ChavesCOLsame time
4694Tanel KangertESTsame time
4761Jhonnatan NarváezECUsame time
4842Richie PorteAUSsame time
493Remco EvenepoelBELsame time
5096Amanuel GhebreigzabhierERIsame time
5131Wilco KeldermanNEDsame time
5274Stefan de BodRSA6-16:53
5328Vincenzo NibaliITAsame time
5447Nikias ArndtGERsame time
5597Merhawi KudusERIsame time
5693Anatoliy BudiakUKRsame time
5711Benoît CosnefroyFRAsame time
582Tiesj BenootBELsame time
5963Aleksandr VlasovROCsame time
6026Giulio CicconeITAsame time
6165Tobias FossNORsame time
6216Jesús HerradaESPsame time
63108Polychronis TzortzakisGRE6-21:46
64124Murodzhon KhalmuratovUZBsame time
6577Guillaume BoivinCANsame time
66102Aliaksandr RabushenkaBLRsame time
679Jan TratnikSLOsame time
68126Andrey AmadorCRCsame time
6937Nairo QuintanaCOLsame time
7084Gregor MühlbergerAUTsame time
7141Lucas HamiltonAUSsame time
7240Luke DurbridgeAUSsame time
73101Michel RiesLUXsame time
7453Gino MäderSUIsame time
7559Nicolas RocheIRLsame time
7657Eddie DunbarIRLsame time
775Mauri VansevenantBELsame time
7845Michael Valgren HundahlDENsame time
7918Jon IzaguirreESPsame time
8086Lawson CraddockUSAsame time
8135Sergio HiguitaCOLsame time
8267Tobias Halland JohannessenNOR6-25:12
8368Andreas LeknessundNORsame time
84112Nariyuki MasudaJPN6-25:16
8578Hugo HouleCANsame time
AC123Eduardo SepúlvedaARGDNF
AC92Vadim PronskyKAZDNF
AC107Attila ValterHUNDNF
AC76Ryan GibbonsRSADNF
AC75Nicholas DlaminiRSADNF
AC116Orluis AularVENDNF
AC10Rémi CavagnaFRADNF
AC88Juraj SaganSVKDNF
AC21Geraint ThomasGBRDNF
AC69Maciej BodnarPOLDNF
AC64Ilnur ZakarinROCDNF
AC95Peeter PruusESTDNF
AC82Zdeněk ŠtybarCZEDNF
AC119Josip RumacCRODNF
AC46Christopher Juul JensenDENDNF
AC113Manuel RodasGUADNF
AC15Omar FraileESPDNF
AC109Christofer JuradoPANDNF
AC1Greg Van AvermaetBELDNF
AC89Lukáš KubišSVKDNF
AC103Azzedine LagabALGDNF
AC105Eduard GrosuROUDNF
AC120Paul DaumontBURDNF
AC43Kasper AsgreenDENDNF
AC129Feng Chun-KaiTPEDNF
AC20Tao Geoghegan HartGBRDNF
AC125Mohcine El-KourajiMARDNF
AC90Dmitry GruzdevKAZDNF
AC73Patrick BevinNZLDNF
AC122Saeid SafarzadehIRIDNF
AC30Yoeri HavikNEDDNF
AC130Choy Hiu FungHKGDNF
AC128Royner NavarroPERDNF
AC104Hamza MansouriALGDNF
AC106Evaldas ŠiškevičiusLTUDNF
AC114Moise MugishaRWADNF
AC115Tristan de LangeNAMDNF
AC117Onur BalkanTURDNF
AC118Ahmet ÖrkenTURDNF
AC121Wang RuidongCHNDNF
AC127Elçin ƏsədovAZEDNF
DNS49Simon GeschkeGER
DNS81Michal SchlegelCZE