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Road Race, Individual, Men

Date 6 August 2016 — 09:30
StatusOlympic
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.

PosNrCyclistNOCTime/Margin
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
DNF129Murilo FischerBRAat 31:47overtaken
DNF94Ignatas KonovalovasLTUsame timeovertaken
DNF3Jonathan CastroviejoESP
DNF4Imanol ErvitiESP
DNF5Jon IzaguirreESP
DNF9Sergio Luis HenaoCOL
DNF10Miguel Ángel LópezCOL
DNF11Jarlinson PantanoCOL
DNF12Rigoberto UránCOL
DNF15Warren BarguilFRA
DNF17Steve CummingsGBR
DNF19Ian StannardGBR
DNF23Rohan DennisAUS
DNF24Scott BowdenAUS
DNF25Richie PorteAUS
DNF26Laurens De PlusBEL
DNF30Tim WellensBEL
DNF31Tom DumoulinNED
DNF34Wout PoelsNED
DNF38Vincenzo NibaliITA
DNF39Diego RosaITA
DNF41Michael AlbasiniSUI
DNF43Steve MorabitoSUI
DNF50Simon GeschkeGER
DNF51Maximilian LevyGER
DNF52Tony MartinGER
DNF53Edvald Boasson HagenNOR
DNF54Sven Erik BystrømNOR
DNF57Maciej BodnarPOL
DNF64Jan BártaCZE
DNF65Leopold KönigCZE
DNF66Zdeněk ŠtybarCZE
DNF69Denys KostiukUKR
DNF70Andriy KhryptaUKR
DNF71Matej MohoričSLO
DNF76Ghader MizbaniIRI
DNF77Arvin MoazamiIRI
DNF78Samad PourseyediIRI
DNF82Nélson OliveiraPOR
DNF83Abderrahmane MansouriALG
DNF84Youcef ReguiguiALG
DNF88Soufiane HaddiMAR
DNF89Mouhcine LahsainiMAR
DNF91Taylor PhinneyUSA
DNF93Rein TaaramäeEST
DNF97Zac WilliamsNZL
DNF98Antoine DuchesneCAN
DNF99Hugo HouleCAN
DNF101Vasil KiryienkaBLR
DNF104Kohei UchimaJPN
DNF105Kim Ok-CheolKOR
DNF106Seo Jun-YongKOR
DNF107Yonathan MonsalveVEN
DNF108Miguel UbetoVEN
DNF110Matija KvasinaCRO
DNF112Daniel DíazARG
DNF113Maximiliano RichezeARG
DNF119Cheung King LokHKG
DNF120José Luis RodríguezCHI
DNF121Adrien NiyonshutiRWA
DNF122Maksim AverinAZE
DNF123Serghei ȚvetcovROU
DNF124Luis LemusMEX
DNF125Onur BalkanTUR
DNF126Ahmet ÖrkenTUR
DNF131Ali NouisriTUN
DNF132Stefan HristovBUL
DNF133Manuel RodasGUA
DNF134Byron GuamáECU
DNF135Ivan StevićSRB
DNF136Tsgabu Gebremaryam GrmayETH
DNF137Diego MilánDOM
DNF138Dan CravenNAM
DNF139Óscar SolizBOL
DNF140Qendrim GuriKOS
DNF141Brian BabiloniaPUR
DNF142Yousif MirzaUAE
DNF143Ariya PhounsavathLAO
DNF144Aleksey KurbatovRUS
DQ128Kléber RamosBRA1
DQ85Stefan DeniflAUT2