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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 elite men’s field contested a 243km race that included a total of 4,865 metres of elevation with five ascents: Doushi Road (80km), Kagosaka Pass (100km), Mt. Fuji (140km), Mikuni Pass (205km) and Kogasaka Pass (215km), before finishing at the Fuji International Speedway.
An early breakaway was caught ahead of Mikuni Pass, leading to counter attacks. Pogačar attacked over Mikuni Pass but was quickly followed by Brandon McNulty (USA) and Mike Woods (Canada). The three were later joined by Carapaz and Van Aert, as part of a larger lead group of 13 riders.
McNulty attack over the final climb, Kogasaka Pass, but Carapaz was strong enough to go with him and the pair gained a maximum of 40 seconds on the chase. Carapaz was the strongest of the two and rode away from McNulty within the last six kilometres to take the Olympic gold medal for Ecuador.
Van Aert took the chase-group sprint for second place with Pogačar in third, to round out the medals in the first cycling event of the Tokyo Olympics.
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Richard Carapaz (Ecuador)||6:05:26|
|2||Wout van Aert (Belgium)||0:01:07|
|3||Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)|
|4||Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)|
|5||Michael Woods (Canada)|
|6||Brandon McNulty (USA)|
|7||David Gaudu (France)|
|8||Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)|
|9||Adam Yates (Great Britain)|
|10||Max 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.
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2021 Olympic Games Cycling schedule
|Date||Event (Finals)||Start (CEST)||Est. Finish (CEST)|
|July 24, 2021||Men's Road Race||4:00AM||11:15AM|
|July 25, 2021||Women's Road Race||6:00AM||10:35AM|
|July 26, 2021||Men's MTB XC||8:00AM||10:00AM|
|July 27, 2021||Women's MTB XC||8:00AM||10:00AM|
|July 30, 2021||Men's & Women's BMC race||3:00AM||5:20AM|
|August 1, 2021||Men's & Women's BMX freestyle||3:10AM||5:45AM|
|August 2, 2021||Track Day 1 (Team Sprint W)||8:30AM||11:30AM|
|August 3, 2021||Track Day 2 (Team Sprint M, Team Pursuit W)||8:30AM||11:30AM|
|August 4, 2021||Track Day 3 (Team Pursuit M)||8:30AM||12:00PM|
|August 5, 2021||Track Day 4 (Keirin W, Omnium M)||8:30AM||11:50AM|
|August 6, 2021||Track Day 5 (Madison W, Sprint M)||8:30AM||12:15PM|
|August 7, 2021||Track Day 6 (Madison M)||8:30AM||11:25AM|
|August 8, 2021||Track Day 7 (Sprint W, Omnium W, Keirin M)||3:00AM||6:15AM|
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