| Event type

Road Race, Individual, Men

Date 6 August 2016 — 09:30
LocationForte de Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Participants144 from 63 countries
DetailsDistance: 237.5 km

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.

129Greg Van AvermaetBEL6-10:05Gold
261Jakob FuglsangDENsame timeSilver
360Rafał MajkaPOLat 0:05Bronze
413Julian AlaphilippeFRAat 0:22
56Joaquín RodríguezESPsame time
635Fabio AruITAsame time
7116Louis MeintjesRSAsame time
82Andrey ZeytsKAZsame time
992Tanel KangertESTat 1:47
1080Rui CostaPORat 2:29
1120Geraint ThomasGBRsame time
1218Chris FroomeGBRat 2:58
1347Dan MartinIRLsame time
1449Emanuel BuchmannGERsame time
1521Adam YatesGBRat 3:03
1690Brent BookwalterUSAat 3:31
1733Bauke MollemaNEDsame time
18109Kristijan ĐurasekCROsame time
1944Sébastien ReichenbachSUIsame time
20111Fränk SchleckLUXsame time
218Esteban ChavesCOLat 3:34
2228Serge PauwelsBELat 6:12
2316Alexis VuillermozFRAsame time
2414Romain BardetFRAsame time
2522Simon ClarkeAUSsame time
2673Primož RogličSLOat 9:38
27103Yukiya ArashiroJPNsame time
28115Daryl ImpeyRSAsame time
2948Nicolas RocheIRLsame time
307Alejandro ValverdeESPsame time
3145Sergey ChernetskyRUSsame time
3262Christopher Juul JensenDENsame time
3396George BennettNZLat 11:49
3442Fabian CancellaraSUIsame time
3595Ramūnas NavardauskasLTUat 12:18
3679André CardosoPORsame time
37114Eduardo SepúlvedaARGsame time
3846Pavel KochetkovRUSsame time
3932Steven KruijswijkNEDsame time
4036Damiano CarusoITAsame time
4168Andriy HryvkoUKRat 13:18
4227Philippe GilbertBELsame time
4375Daniel TeklehaimanotERIat 19:20
4486Georg PreidlerAUTat 19:37
4540Patrik TyborSVKat 20:00
46117Aleksejs SaramotinsLATsame time
4787Anasse Aït El AbdiaMARsame time
4856Lars Petter NordhaugNORsame time
49102Kanstantsin SiutsouBLRsame time
5055Vegard Stake LaengenNORsame time
51130Giannis TamouridisGREsame time
5272Jan PolancSLOsame time
5381José MendesPORsame time
54127Andrey AmadorCRCsame time
55100Mike WoodsCANsame time
5658Michał GołaśPOLsame time
5774Simon ŠpilakSLOsame time
5867Petr VakočCZEsame time
59118Toms SkujiņšLATsame time
6063Chris Anker SørensenDENsame time
611Bakhtiyar KozhatayevKAZsame time
6259Michał KwiatkowskiPOLsame time
6337Alessandro De MarchiITAat 20:05
AC129Murilo FischerBRAat 31:47OTL
AC94Ignatas KonovalovasLTUsame timeOTL
AC3Jonathan CastroviejoESPDNF
AC4Imanol ErvitiESPDNF
AC5Jon IzaguirreESPDNF
AC9Sergio Luis HenaoCOLDNF
AC10Miguel Ángel LópezCOLDNF
AC11Jarlinson PantanoCOLDNF
AC12Rigoberto UránCOLDNF
AC15Warren BarguilFRADNF
AC17Steve CummingsGBRDNF
AC19Ian StannardGBRDNF
AC23Rohan DennisAUSDNF
AC24Scott BowdenAUSDNF
AC25Richie PorteAUSDNF
AC26Laurens De PlusBELDNF
AC30Tim WellensBELDNF
AC31Tom DumoulinNEDDNF
AC34Wout PoelsNEDDNF
AC38Vincenzo NibaliITADNF
AC39Diego RosaITADNF
AC41Michael AlbasiniSUIDNF
AC43Steve MorabitoSUIDNF
AC50Simon GeschkeGERDNF
AC51Maximilian LevyGERDNF
AC52Tony MartinGERDNF
AC53Edvald Boasson HagenNORDNF
AC54Sven Erik BystrømNORDNF
AC57Maciej BodnarPOLDNF
AC65Leopold KönigCZEDNF
AC66Zdeněk ŠtybarCZEDNF
AC69Denys KostiukUKRDNF
AC70Andriy KhryptaUKRDNF
AC71Matej MohoričSLODNF
AC76Ghader MizbaniIRIDNF
AC77Arvin MoazamiIRIDNF
AC78Samad PourseyediIRIDNF
AC82Nélson OliveiraPORDNF
AC83Abderrahmane MansouriALGDNF
AC84Youcef ReguiguiALGDNF
AC88Soufiane HaddiMARDNF
AC89Mouhcine LahsainiMARDNF
AC91Taylor PhinneyUSADNF
AC93Rein TaaramäeESTDNF
AC97Zac WilliamsNZLDNF
AC98Antoine DuchesneCANDNF
AC99Hugo HouleCANDNF
AC101Vasil KiryienkaBLRDNF
AC104Kohei UchimaJPNDNF
AC105Kim Ok-CheolKORDNF
AC106Seo Jun-YongKORDNF
AC107Yonathan MonsalveVENDNF
AC108Miguel UbetoVENDNF
AC110Matija KvasinaCRODNF
AC112Daniel DíazARGDNF
AC113Maximiliano RichezeARGDNF
AC119Cheung King LokHKGDNF
AC120José Luis RodríguezCHIDNF
AC121Adrien NiyonshutiRWADNF
AC122Maksim AverinAZEDNF
AC123Serghei ȚvetcovROUDNF
AC124Luis LemusMEXDNF
AC125Onur BalkanTURDNF
AC126Ahmet ÖrkenTURDNF
AC131Ali NouisriTUNDNF
AC132Stefan HristovBULDNF
AC133Manuel RodasGUADNF
AC134Byron GuamáECUDNF
AC135Ivan StevićSRBDNF
AC136Tsgabu Gebremaryam GrmayETHDNF
AC137Diego MilánDOMDNF
AC138Dan CravenNAMDNF
AC139Óscar SolizBOLDNF
AC140Qendrim GuriKOSDNF
AC141Brian BabiloniaPURDNF
AC142Yousif MirzaUAEDNF
AC143Ariya PhounsavathLAODNF
AC144Aleksey KurbatovRUSDNF
AC128Kléber RamosBRADQ1
AC85Stefan DeniflAUTDNF DQ2