|Date||7 August 2021 — 16:55|
|Location||Izu Velodrome, 1826 Ono, Izu, Shizuoka 410-2402, Japan|
|Participants||32 from 16 countries|
|Format||240 laps (60 km) with a sprint every 20 laps (5 km). Sprint points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the first four finishers.|
The madison returned to the men’s programme, having last been seen at Beijing in 2008. It is a two-person team endurance relay, with one of the riders off the track at any one time. The race was over 200 laps for a distance of 50 km with 20 sprints (every tenth lap) and the first over the line at each sprint received 5 points, with the next three receiving 3, 2 and 1 point respectively. On the 20th and last lap, those points were doubled. If a team lapped the entire field they received 20 extra points and if they were themselves lapped, had 20 points deducted.
Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen, the team pursuit silver medallist, and his partner Michael Mørkøv were favourites for the gold medal as they were the reigning world champions. The bronze medallists from the 2020 World Championships, Germany’s Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, were also in the field. The Germans were also the 2019 world champions. The Tokyo 2020 Omnium winner Matthew Walls of Great Britain, and partner Ethan Hayter, were also considered medal prospects.
France’s Benjamin Thomas and Donavan Grondin won the first two sprints but it was the British pair of Walls and Hayter who took control and were in the lead after 10 of the 20 sprints, albeit by a single point from Denmark’s Hansen and Mørkøv. After 14 laps, France held that same slender one-point lead over the Danes as the race was setting itself up for an exciting finish.
Going into the final sprint Denmark led with 41 points, with France on 36, Great Britain on 30. Only France could overtake the Danes but it was Britain who surged over the line first for 10 points and a total of 40. France scored just four points on the last sprint and also finished on 40 but Demark held on to gold with 43 points. Britain took the silver because they crossed the finishing line ahead of France. Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Mørkøv now added Olympic gold to their World Championship gold while Hansen won his second medal of the Games.
|Pos||Nr||Cyclists||NOC||Points||Lap Points||Finish Order|
|1||–||Lasse Norman Hansen / Michael Mørkøv||DEN||–||–||–||–||Gold|
|2||–||Ethan Hayter / Matthew Walls||GBR||–||–||–||–||Silver|
|3||–||Benjamin Thomas / Donavan Grondin||FRA||–||–||–||–||Bronze|
|4||–||Kenny De Ketele / Robbe Ghys||BEL||–||–||–||–|
|5||–||Yoeri Havik / Jan-Willem van Schip||NED||–||–||–||–|
|6||–||Sebastián Mora / Albert Torres||ESP||–||–||–||–|
|7||–||Robin Froidevaux / Théry Schir||SUI||–||–||–||–|
|8||–||Daniel Staniszewski / Szymon Sajnok||POL||–||–||–||–|
|9||–||Theo Reinhardt / Roger Kluge||GER||–||–||–||–|
|10||–||Simone Consonni / Elia Viviani||ITA||–||–||–||–|
|11||–||Campbell Stewart / Corbin Strong||NZL||–||–||–||–|
|–||Kelland O'Brien / Leigh Howard||AUS||–||–||–||–|
|–||Adrian Hegyvary / Gavin Hoover||USA||–||–||–||–|
|–||Andreas Graf / Andreas Müller||AUT||–||–||–||–|
|–||Mark Downey / Felix English||IRL||–||–||–||–|
|–||Michael Foley / Derek Gee||CAN||–||–||–||–|