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OYAMA JAPAN JULY 28 Primoz Roglic of Team Slovenia poses with the gold medal after the Mens Individual time trial on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Fuji International Speedway on July 28 2021 in Oyama Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Primož Roglič of Slovenia masters 44.2km ITT for gold medal (Image credit: Getty Images)
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OYAMA JAPAN JULY 28 Annemiek van Vleuten of Team Netherlands celebrates winning the gold medal and sings her countrys anthem on the podium at the medal ceremony after the Womens Individual time trial on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Fuji International Speedway on July 28 2021 in Oyama Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands) dominated the women's time trial to win gold (Image credit: Getty Images)
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IZU JAPAN JULY 27 LR Silver medalist Sina Frei gold medalist Jolanda Neff and bronze medalist Linda Indergand of Team Switzerland pose on the podium during the medal ceremony during the Womens Crosscountry race on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Izu Mountain Bike Course on July 27 2021 in Izu Shizuoka Japan Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Swiss sweep for women's cross-country MTB (LtoR): Silver medalist Sina Frei, gold medalist Jolanda Neff and bronze medalist Linda Indergand (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - Olimpiadi Tokyo 2020 - Men’s MTB Race - Izu Mountain Bike Course 41km - 26/07/2021 - Mathias Flueckinger (SUI) - Thomas Pidcock (GBR) - David Valero Serrano (ESP) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Men's cross-country MTB podium (L to R): Mathias Flueckinger of Switzrland with silver, Tom Pidcock of Great Britain with gold, and David Valero Serrano of Spain with bronze (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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LR Silver medallist Netherlands Annemiek Van Vleuten Gold medallist Austrias Anna Kiesenhofer and bronze medallist Italys Elisa Longo Borghini pose for pictures on the podium during the medal ceremony for the womens cycling road race of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Fuji International Speedway in Oyama Japan on July 25 2021 Photo by Greg Baker AFP Photo by GREG BAKERAFP via Getty Images

Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria) pulled off one of the biggest ever shocks in women's elite road racing to win the Olympic title in Tokyo (Image credit: Getty Images)
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OYAMA JAPAN JULY 24 LR Silver medalist Wout van Aert of Team Belgium gold medalist Richard Carapaz of Team Ecuador and bronze medalist Tadej Pogacar of Team Slovenia pose on the podium during the medal ceremony during the Mens road race at the Fuji International Speedway on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 24 2021 in Oyama Shizuoka Japan Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images

Richard Carapaz (Ecuador) wins the elite men's road race at Tokyo Olympic Games (Image credit: Getty Images)

Olympics: Primoz Roglic wins gold for Slovenia in men's time trial

Tokyo Olympics: Men's Individual Time Trial - As it happened

Slovenian Primož Roglič was in full charge of the 44.2km men's individual time trial at the Tokyo Olympic Games to win the gold medal on Wednesday. His time of 55:04 was more than a full minute faster than any of his 38 competitors.

His Jumbo-Visma teammate, Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) would come the closest, 1:01 back, for the silver medal, repeating his runner-up performance from the 2016 Rio Games. Rohan Dennis (Australia) took the bronze, an additional two seconds off the winning pace. 

Swiss national champion Stefan Küng began the two-lap course two positions behind Dennis and crossed the line just one second slower to finish fourth. The race favourite and final rider on the course, World Champion Filippo Ganna (Italy), recorded the fastest time at the first check, but faded on the undulating course to cross the line at the Fuji International Speedway in fifth place. 

Tokyo Olympics Men's Individual Time Trial - Top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Primož Roglič (Slovenia) 0:55:04
2Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) 0:01:01
3Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:01:03
4Stefan Küng (Switzerland) 0:01:04
5Filippo Ganna (Italy) 0:01:05
6Wout van Aert (Belgium) 0:01:40
7Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) 0:01:48
8Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) 0:02:14
9Remco Evenepoel (Belgium) 0:02:17
10Patrick Bevin (New Zealand) 0:02:20

Olympics: Annemiek Van Vleuten races to gold in women's time trial

Tokyo Olympics: Women's Individual Time Trial - As it happened

Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) won her first-ever Olympic gold medal on Wednesday with commanding performance in the women's individual time trial at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Across the undulating 22.1km course, Van Vleuten set the fastest times at every checkpoint and crossed the finish line at the Fuji International Speedway in 30:13.

Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) finished 56 seconds back for the silver, while the Dutch team secured a second spot on the podium with Anna van der Breggen posting a time five seconds slower for the bronze. 

The Swiss time trial national champion moved from fifth at the first check to second at the line, just ahead of World Champion Van der Breggen. Grace Brown of Australia placing fourth, and American Amber Neben finishing fifth.

Tokyo Olympics Women's Individual Time Trial - Top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) 0:30:13
2Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) 0:00:56
3Anna Van der Breggen (Netherlands) 0:01:01
4Grace Brown (Australia) 0:01:08
5Amber Leone Neben (United States Of America) 0:01:12
6Lisa Brennauer (Germany) 0:01:57
7Chloe Dygert (United States Of America) 0:02:16
8Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa) 0:02:24
9Juliette Labous (France) 0:02:28
10Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) 0:02:47

Olympics: Jolanda Neff storms to women's mountain bike gold in Tokyo

Switzerland took all three medals in the women's cross-country mountain bike race on Tuesday, the gold going to Jolanda Neff, who had broken her hand at the final round of the World Cup just six weeks ago.

Teammates Sina Frei and Linda Indergand rounded out the medal heist, Frei taking silver and Indergand with bronze, a little over a minute back. 

Heavy rains created muddy conditions which impacted many of the race favourites, including a sixth-place finish for France's Loana Lecomte, who is unbeaten this season in World Cup events. Defending Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds (Sweden) encountered a flat tyre to finish 14th, while World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France) finished10th. 

Tokyo Olympics Women's Cross-Country Mountain Bike - Top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) 1:15:46
2Sina Frei (Switzerland) 0:01:11
3Linda Indergand (Switzerland) 0:01:19
4Kata Blanka Vas (Hungary) 0:02:09
5Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) 0:02:35
6Loana Lecomte (France) 0:02:57
7Evie Richards (Great Britain) 0:03:23
8Yana Belomoina (Ukraine) 0:03:54
9Haley Batten (United States Of America) 0:04:27
10Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) 0:04:32

Olympics: Tom Pidcock takes sensational men's mountain bike gold for Great Britain

Tom Pidcock earned the first gold medal for Great Britain in mountain biking with his victory in the men’s cross-country race at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Mathias Flueckiger (Switzerland) claimed the silver followed by David Valero Serrano (Spain) taking the bronze. 

On the first of seven laps of the 4.1-kilometre circuit the race favourites were off the front that included Pidcock, Flueckiger, Nino Schurter (Switzerland) and Mathieu van der Poel (Belgium). Pidcock would avoid a crash by Van der Poel before reaching the second lap, and the Belgian withdrew later from the race. 

The British rider picked his lines on the Izu MTB course to the victory. Former champion, Schurter, was forced to settle for fourth at the finish line.

Tokyo Olympics Men's Cross-Country Mountain Bike - Top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) 1:25:14
2Mathias Flueckinger (Switzerland) 0:00:20
3David Valero Serrano (Spain) 0:00:34
4Nino Schurter (Switzerland) 0:00:42
5Victor Koretzky (France) 0:00:46
6Anton Cooper (New Zealand)
7Vlad Dascalu (Romania) 0:00:49
8Alan Hatherly (South Africa) 0:01:19
9Jordan Sarrou (France) 0:01:36
10Milan Vader (Netherlands) 0:02:07

Olympics: Shock gold for Anna Kiesenhofer in women's road race

Tokyo Olympics: Women's Road Race - As it happened

Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria) pulled off one of the biggest ever shocks in women's elite road racing to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

After questionable tactics from the major nations during the race and a reported lack of communication on the road, Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands), who said she was unaware of that Kiesenhofer was still up the road, attacked out of the field with 2km to go and crossed the line thinking she had won the Olympic title only to learn later that she had taken silver. 

Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) finished with the bronze medal and Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) was fourth, while Marianne Vos (Netherlands) took the small group sprint for fifth. Lisa Brennauer (Germany) was sixth, Coryn Rivera (USA) seventh, Marta Cavali (Italy) eighth, Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzbekistan) ninth, and Uttrup Ludwig 10th.

The elite women's 137km road race started from Musashinonomori Park and included two mid-race climbs over Donushi Road and Kagosaka Pass, for 2,692 metres of elevation gain, before a punchy final at the Fuji International Speedway.

Kiesenhofer, who lined up with no teammates, was part of an early-race move with Carla Oberholzer (South Africa), Vera Looser (Namibia), Omer Shapira (Israel), and Anna Plichta (Poland) that gained more than 10 minutes on the main field. Kiesenhofer was strong enough  to hold on for a solo victory at the Fuji International Speedway.

Tokyo Olympics Women's Road Race - Top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria) 3:52:45
2Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) 0:01:15
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) 0:01:29
4Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) 0:01:39
5Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0:01:46
6Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
7Coryn Rivera (USA)
8Marta Cavalli (Italy)
9Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzbekistan)
10Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)

Olympics: Richard Carapaz claims men's road race title

Tokyo Olympics: Men's Road Race - As it happened

Richard Carapaz (Ecuador) won the gold medal in the elite men's road race at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday, July 24. Carapaz crossed the line with a solo victory over one minute ahead of a chase group sprint where Wout van Aert (Belgium) captured the silver medal and Tadej Pogačar (Slovienia) the bronze.

The men’s 234km road race was contested by 134 riders with five major climbs on the route between Musashinonomori Park and the Fuji International Speedway. The dominant nations of France, Italy, Belgium, Colombia, Spain and the Netherlands each lined up with five riders, while Carapaz lined up with only one teammate, Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado.

Tokyo Olympics Men's Road Race - Top 10
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Carapaz (Ecuador) 6:05:26
2Wout van Aert (Belgium) 0:01:07
3Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)
4Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)
5Michael Woods (Canada)
6Brandon McNulty (USA)
7David Gaudu (France)
8Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)
9Adam Yates (Great Britain)
10Max Schachmann (Germany) 0:01:21

Tokyo Olympic Games

The 2020 Olympic Games, due to start on July 24 in Tokyo, were forced to be postponed to 2021 by a global pandemic of a new type of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that causes in some people severe pneumonia that has resulted in thousands of deaths worldwide.

Even as Japan fought against the Olympics going forward amid low vaccination rates and increasing infections, the world's athletes, supporters and media will begin to arrive in the country for the XXXII Olympiad.

The men's road race takes place on Saturday, July 24 as one of the first events, with superstars like Tadej Pogačar, Primož Roglič, Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert among the favourites.

The women's road race is next on July 25, where Anna van der Breggen will try to repeat her gold medal performance with the support of a strong Dutch team.

Mountain bike cross country is next with the men on July 26, where Mathieu van der Poel and Tom Pidcock will try to take the title from the full time riders. The women's field compete on July 27 on the Izu course.

The time trials will be held on the Fuji International Speedway on July 28, with Tom Dumoulin returning from a few months' time-out to try to upgrade his silver in Rio to gold. The women, racing the same day, will see a new champion in the absence of three-time winner Kristin Armstrong. Her compatriot Chloe Dygert is a favourite against the Dutch riders Van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten.

Track cycling closes out the cycling events at the Games, with six events for men and women: Team Pursuit, Team Sprint, Individual Sprint, Keirin, Omnium, and Madison.

You can find out how to watch all cycling events of the Tokyo Olympics, as well as all other events with our handy guide using ExpressVPN.

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DateEvent (Finals)Start (CEST)Est. Finish (CEST)
July 24, 2021Men's Road Race4:00AM11:15AM
July 25, 2021Women's Road Race6:00AM10:35AM
July 26, 2021Men's MTB XC8:00AM10:00AM
July 27, 2021Women's MTB XC8:00AM10:00AM
July 28, 2021Men & Women's ITT4:30AM10:40AM
July 30, 2021Men's & Women's BMC race3:00AM5:20AM
August 1, 2021Men's & Women's BMX freestyle3:10AM5:45AM
August 2, 2021Track Day 1 (Team Sprint W)8:30AM11:30AM
August 3, 2021Track Day 2 (Team Sprint M, Team Pursuit W)8:30AM11:30AM
August 4, 2021Track Day 3 (Team Pursuit M)8:30AM12:00PM
August 5, 2021Track Day 4 (Keirin W, Omnium M)8:30AM11:50AM
August 6, 2021Track Day 5 (Madison W, Sprint M)8:30AM12:15PM
August 7, 2021Track Day 6 (Madison M)8:30AM11:25AM
August 8, 2021Track Day 7 (Sprint W, Omnium W, Keirin M)3:00AM6:15AM

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