8 August

Tokyo Olympics: Jason Kenny wins seventh gold but Laura Kenny reign as omnium champion over

full article @ bbc.co.uk

Valente wins omnium gold, Kajihara clinches first Japanese medal on track

Photo Credit: ANDERSEN AFP

full article @ france24.com

Mitchell sprints from cycling newcomer to Tokyo 2020 gold medallist

Kelsey Mitchell of Team Canada reacts after winning the gold medal during the track cycling women’s sprint race at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, in Izu, Japan. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

full article by Jamie Tozer @ olympic.ca

Olympic Track Cycling events day 7, August 8 between (Time 10:00 – 13:15; Japan; 2:00 – 05:15 UK; 21:00 – 00:15 NYC): Women’s Omnium, Women’s Sprint (semifinal), Men’s Keirin (quarter-final, semifinal); Men’s Keirin Final, Women’s Sprint Final, Women’s Omnium Final.

Men’s Keirin Final (Time 12.00 Japan; 04.00 UK; 23.00 NYC), Bookmakers favourites quotes: Harrie Lavreysen(NED) 2, Jack Carlin(GBR) 6, Jason Kenny(GBR) 6, Mohd Azizulhasni Awang(MAS) 6, Yuta Wakimoto(JPN) 7.

Women’s Sprint Final (Time 11.45 & 12.05 Japan; 03.45 &04.05 UK; 22.45 & 23.05 NYC), Bookmakers favourites quotes: Emma Hinze (GER) 1, Olena Starikova (UKR) 2, Kelsey Mitchell (CAN) 4, Wai Sze Lee (HKG) 5.

Women’s Omnium Final (Time 12.25 Japan; 04.25 UK; 23.25 NYC), Bookmakers favourites quotes: Laura Kenny (GBR) 1; Kirsten Wild (NED) 2; Yumi Kajihara (JPN) 2, Letizia Paternoster (ITA) 6, Daria Pikulik (POL) 12.

7 August

Danes win return of Madison to Olympic track cycling program

The Danish team of Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Morkov won the return of the men’s Madison to the track cycling program at the Olympics, helping to atone Saturday for a disappointing silver medal in the team pursuit. Hansen and Morkov won just three of the 20 sprints but were consistent enough through the 200-lap race to finish with 43 points. That was three more than Britain, which earned silver on a tiebreaker, and France, which took the bronze. From THE TRIBUNE by Dave Skretta, read more here: sanluisobispo.com

Olympic Track Cycling events day 6, August 7 between (Time 15:30 – 18:25; Japan; 7:30 – 10:25 UK; 2:30 – 05:25 NYC): Women’s Sprint (route towards final), Men’s Keirin (route towards final);

Men’s Madison Final (Time 16.55 Japan; 08.55 UK; 03.55 NYC), Bookmakers favourites quotes: Denmark 2, Germany 3, Great Britain 5, Belgium 8, Netherlands 9, Australia 12, Italy 20.

Guide to Madison: The Madison is a relay race of two riders in which only one rider is “in the race” at any time. Points are awarded in intermediate sprints throughout the race, and teams can also gain points by lapping the field — but they can also lose points by being lapped. The final sprint awards double points to the victors.The men race for 200 laps (50km) while the women race 120 laps (30km), and in both races, there will be 16 two-person teams zipping around the velodrome. The defining image of the Madison is the handoff, where the actively racing teammate links hands with the resting teammate and then slingshots the rider from behind back into the race to contend for the points.

6 August

Olympics-Cycling-Dutchman Lavreysen powers to gold in men’s sprint final betting countryman Jeffrey Hoogland

Harrie Lavreysen became the first Dutchman for almost 90 years to win the Olympic track cycling sprint, edging out team mate Jeffrey Hoogland in a tense final on Friday. The full article By Martyn Herman @ metro.us

THE WOMEN’S MADISON IS FROM GREAT BRITAIN

Laura Kenny wins historic fifth Olympic gold medal. Kenny is now the most successful female cyclist in Olympic history with five gold medals and six Olympic medals. Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth (DEN) took the silver medal, ahead of Gulnaz Khatuntseva and Mariia Novolodskaia (ROC, 26 points). After a strong start, UCI World Champions Amy Pieters and Kirsten Wild (NED) suffered a crash midway through the race and finished at the foot of the Olympic podium. Full article @ uci.org

Olympic Track Cycling events day 5, August 6 between (Time 15:30 – 19:15; Japan; 7:30 – 11:15 UK; 2:30 – 06:15 NYC): Women’s Sprint (preliminary rounds), Men’s Sprint (semi-final);

Women’s Madison Final (Time 17.15 Japan; 09.15 UK; 04.15 NYC), Bookmakers favourites quotes: Netherlands 1, Great Britain 3, Belgium 9, Denmark 9, Italy 14.

Men’s Sprint Final (Time 18:35 & 18:50.15 Japan; 09:35 & 09:50 UK; 04:35 & 04:50 NYC). Bookmakers favourites quotes: Harrie Lavreysen (NED) 1, Jeffrey Hoogland (NED) 1.5, Jack Carlin (GBR) 5, Denis Dmitriev (ROC) 20.

Guide to Sprint: The Sprint is a classic short distance event in which two riders cover three laps of the track. Qualifying phase consists of a flying start 200m time trial to determine the seeding of the 24 riders, fastest versus slowest. From the quarter finals the riders race best of three heats. The principle of the track sprint simple – two riders race off over three laps to see who is fastest. In the early stages of the event riders will often move up to the top of the track to try and force the other into the lead (and gain an aerodynamic advantage behind when the sprint starts), even coming to a complete stop in a track stand.

5 August

MEN’S OMNIUM: Gold to Britain’s Matthew Walls, with 153 points.

Silver to New Zealand’s Stewart Campbell with 129, Elia Viviani is third with 124 points. Wonder Walls – Team GB cyclist flies to omnium gold on track. Full article @ theguardian.com

WOMEN’S KEIRIN – Dutchwoman Shanne Braspennincx won the gold medal in the keirin.

Silver to New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews, bronze to Canada’s Lauriane Genest. Shanne Braspennincx takes keirin gold for Netherlands, here a BBC video bbc.co.uk

The men’s omnium and women’s keirin finals will be contested on the fourth day of the Tokyo 2020 track cycling action at the Izu Velodrome.

Olympic Track Cycling events day 4, August 5 between (Time 15:30 – 18:50 Japan; 7.30 – 10.50 UK; 2.30 – 05.50 NYC): Men’s Omnium, Men’s Sprint (1/8 and quarter final), Women’s Keirin (quarter-final, semi-final); Women’s Keirin Final (Time 17.45 Japan; 09.45 UK; 04.45 NYC, Men’s Omnium Final (Time 17.55 Japan; 09.55 UK; 04.55 NYC).

Guide to Keirin: the keirin involves a large group of riders having to follow a pace setter on a motorbike, the derny bike, for a few laps, before the pacer comes off the track and it’s a sprint to the line for the cyclists. The derny bike is ridden by an official who starts off at a slow pace and gradually builds up to a speed up to 50 kph. After leading three laps of the track with the riders behind fighting for the best position behind their back wheel, the derny motorbike will leave the track. At that point all the riders sprint for the remaining 2.5 laps of the race in a bid to cross the finish line first. Each race including the final is played by six riders.

Bookmakers favourites quotes: Emma Hinze (GER) 2, Wai Sze Lee (HKG) 4, Laurine Van Riessen (NED) 6, Lea Sophie Friedrich (GER) 8.

Guide to Omnium: The Omnium is made up of 4 bunch events raced on the same day: scratch race, tempo race, elimination and points race. The final classification is established as follows: the points accumulated by the riders over the first 3 events, on the basis of the points scale in force, are added up. During the 4th and final race, this total may increase or decrease according to the points won or lost by the rider in the specific points race. The winner is the rider who has the highest total of points at the end of the 4th event: –Scratch race: a classic first across the line race over 10km for men and 7.5km for women. –Tempo race: 10 km for Men and 7.5 km for Women in which after the first 5 laps, 1 point is given to the first rider crossing the line on each lap. Besides, riders can also earn 20 points by lapping the field. The winner is the rider with the most points. –Elimination race: a bunch race during which the last rider crossing the line at each intermediate sprint (every 2 laps) is eliminated.  –Points race: Men cover 25km and women cover 20km. The final placing is determined according to accumulated points won by riders in intermediate sprints or by laps gained on the main field.

Bookmakers favourites quotes: Benjamin Thomas (FRA) 1, Jan Willem Van Schip (NED) 3, Matthew Walls (GBR) 5, Elia Viviani (ITA) 8.

4 August

First GOLD for Italy in the Men’s Team Pursuit since 1960!

Italy blaze to men’s Team Pursuit gold medal and world record in thriller with Denmark. Full article @ velonews.com

🇮🇹 Quattro uomini da leggenda: Italia d’oro nell’Inseguimento! Troppo bello, Ganna-Lamon-Consonni-Milan (e Villa) sono campioni olimpici, battuto lo spauracchio Danimarca con un nuovo record del mondo. Il premio per anni di lavoro, sudore e consapevolezza. Full article @ cicloweb.it

Olympic Track Cycling events day 3, August 4 between (Time 15:30 – 19:00 Japan; 7.30 – 11.00 UK; 2.20 – 06.00 NYC): Men’s Sprint preliminary rounds, Women’s Keirin preliminary rounds, Men’s Team Pursuit Finals (Time 18.06 Japan; 10.06 UK; 05.06 NYC).

Guide to Men’s Team Pursuit Finals – The athletes have to cover four kilometres for the men (since the velodrome track is 250 metres long, 16 laps). The riders start from a standstill, one from one straight, the other from the opposite one. The winner is the team that manages to catch up the other team (or that achieves the best time). There are four riders per team. The time is taken on the front wheel of the third cyclist to cross the finish line.

The final for gold will see Italy against Denmark and for bronze New Zealand against Australia.

3 August

The Netherlands won the gold medal in the Men’s Team Sprint.

(Photo Credit: Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

At the Izu velodrome they beat Great Britain (silver) and France (bronze) to set a new Olympic record of 41.369.

Germany claim Women’s Team Pursuit Olympic gold over Britain

(Photo Credit: Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Germany won the gold medal in the women’s team pursuit in track cycling. In the final the Germans beat Great Britain, setting a new world record of 4’04″242. Bronze to the USA, who won the challenge with Canada.

Olympic Track Cycling events day 2, August 3 between (Time 15.30 – 18.10 Japan; 7.30 – 10.10 UK): Women’s Team Pursuit First Round, Men’s Team Sprint Qualifying, Men’s Team Pursuit First Round, Men’s Team Sprint First Round, Women’s Team Pursuit Finals (Time 17.26 Jap; 09.26 Uk), Men’s Team Sprint Finals (Time 17.44 Jap; 09.44 Uk).

Guide to Women’s Team Pursuit Finals – The athletes have to cover three kilometres for the women, four kilometres for the men (since the velodrome track is 250 metres long, 12 and 16 laps respectively). The riders start from a standstill, one from one straight, the other from the opposite one (in the qualifications they are alone). The winner is the team that manages to catch up the other team (or that achieves the best time). There are four riders per team. The time is taken on the front wheel of the third cyclist to cross the finish line.

Participants: Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, USA. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Germany 0.3, Great Britain 1.5, USA 9, Italy 40.

Guide to the Men’s Team Sprint – A women’s team sprint race consists of a three-lap race between two teams with three cyclists, starting on opposite sides of the track. Each rider must complete one lap each. The leading rider is obliged to lead the lap and move towards the outside of the track, with the same for the second rider and the third and final rider shall complete the third and last lap on their own. The time for a team is measured to when the last cyclist finishes. Watch out for rules.

Participants: Australia, Germany, Polonia, Netherlands, Poland, ROC (Russia), New Zealand, France. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Netherlands 0.3, Great Britain 6, France 9, New Zealand 14, Australia 13.

2 August

China win women’s team sprint

(Image credit: @ olympic.com)

Germany take silver and Russian Olympic Committee win bronze. An article from Reuters.com

Track cycling is on from today for seven days of competitions at Izu Velodrome. Today Final: Women’s Team Sprint

Track cycling dominates the cycling programme at the Tokyo Olympics with 12 out of the 22 events. Track events are divided in endurance or sprint. The sprint events include the Team Sprint, Individual Sprint and Keirin; and endurance includes the Team Pursuit, the Omnium and Madison. Olympic Track Cycling events day 1, August 2 between (Time 15.30 – 18.30 Japan; 7.30 – 10.30 UK): Women’s Team Sprint Qualifying, Women’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, Women’s Team Sprint First round, Men’s Team Pursuit Qualifying, Women’s Team Sprint Finals (Time 18.09 Jap; 10.09 Uk).

Guide to the Women’s Team Sprint – A women’s team sprint race consists of a two-lap (three for men’s) race between two teams with two cyclists (3 for men’s), starting on opposite sides of the track. Each rider must complete one lap each. The leading rider is obliged to lead the first lap and move towards the outside of the track and the second rider shall complete the second lap on their own. The time for a team is measured to when the last cyclist finishes. Watch out for rules. Here an explanatory video on Team Sprint

Participants: China, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, ROC (Russia), Ukraine. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Germany 0.5, Russian Olympic Committee 3, China 7, Australia 10.

28 Jul

Individual Time Trial:Van Vleuten and Roglič take revenge in the individual time trial. Full article by UCI.org

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For the men’s race full results @ olympics.com and for the women’s race @ olympics.com

The course: The women and men will contest their time trials over the same 22.1 km circuit that starts and finishes on the Fuji International Speedway. The women will complete one lap of the course and the men will complete two (for a total of 44.2 km). Each lap have 423m of elevation gain (a total of 846 m for the men’s race). The start will be all downhill for the first 4 km then will start a climb of five km with an avg of around 5%. The summit of this first ascent will be at an altitude of 676 metres above sea level. A long descent of six km will lead to the entrance to the Fuji Circuit and the second climb of the circuit, shorter than the previous one, 2 km at 4.5%. An undulating section will finally lead to the finish line.

Men’s favourites: The Belgian Wout Van Aert , second in the road race, has shown in recent weeks an exceptional form, also winning the Tour de France final time trial. After him, Filippo Ganna, the reigning world time trial champion, and his teammate at Ineos-Grenadiers, Rohan Dennis. The Australian and Ganna did not take part in the Tour de France and prepared themselves specifically for this race. Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic would normally be favoured by the odds, but nobody knows exactly their current physical conditions. Certainly they did not performed as expected during the road race. Do not underestimated Remi Cavagna, Stefan Kung, Tom Dumoulin, Kasper Asgreen, Joao Almeida and Brandon McNulty all are able of impressive performance in time trails. Watch out also for Asgreen and Tom Dumoulin. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Van Aert 2, Ganna 3, Dennis 4, Evenepoel 7, Roglic 10, Dumoulin 16, McNulty 20.

Women’s favourites: Anna Van der Breggen and Annemiek Van Vleuten are the main favourites for victory. The former is the reigning world champion, the latter has always performed well also on time trails. Their number one rival Chloe Dygert, who the 2019 World Championships in Harrogate just ahead of Van der Breggen and Van Vleuten. The American has raced very little since her bad accident at the World Championships in Imola, yet she is considered to have similar chance to win the title. Watch out also to Elisa Longo Borghini, four times Italian time trial champion who hopes for another medal after the bronze obtained in the road race. Other interesting names include the 29 years old Marlene Reusser, silver medal the World Championships in Imola last year, the German Lisa Brennauer, the expert American Amber Neben, the Danish Emma Norssgaard and the two Australian Grace Brown and Sarah Gigante. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Van der Breggen 1, Dygert 1, Van Vleuten 4, Reusser 22 , Gigante 40, Brennauer 66, Norssgaard 60, Neben 80.

27 Jul

The women’s race will be the second mountain bike event of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. The circuit is identical and the riders will face one less lap than the day before. Expect a very hard race and for all action turn on your TV at 15.00 (Japan time) / 07.00 (UK) / 02.00 (New York) with 38 participants.

Women’s Cross-countryDate and Time: Tue 27 July 15:00 – 17:00 Venue: Izu MTB Course

Jolanda Neff wins the Olympic title. Switzerland dominates in the Olympic MTB, in Tokyo Jolanda Neff’s monologue but her compatriots close the door to all the other contenders for an all Swiss podium. Great fourth place for Vas, disappointing for the French, especially the big favourite of the day, the young Frenchwoman Loana Lecomte. For full results @ olympics.com

Race Distance: 24.40 km –  Race Configuration: 1 Start Loop x 1.3 km +  6 Laps. x 3.85 km

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The Izu MTB Course will be a 3.85 km circuit (plus a 1.3-kilometre start loop), with five climbs (totalling 180 metres of elevation gain) per lap and featuring technical drop-offs and rocky sections and steep climbs.

The outright favourite for the women’s race is the 22-year-old Loana Leconte of France (winner of last year U23 world title). She is well suited for the Olympic circuit thanks to her climbing and technical skills and is so far undefeated this year. Leconte won all five 2021 World Cup events, leading the races from the first to the last lap….. But watch out, especially at the Olympics, surprises are always around the corner! Among the other favourites are the French reigning world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (a top 5 in all 2021 World Cup races) and the defending Olympic Champion, Jenny Rissveds of Sweden. Fewer chances for Blanka Kata Vas from Hungary , the Australian Rebecca McConnell, the Dutch Anne Terpstra, the Danish Caroline Bohe, the USA duo Haley Batten and  Kate Courtney, Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff, Evie Richards of Great Britain and the experienced Italian Eva Letcher. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Lecomte 0.25, Ferrand Prevot 9, Rissveds 12, Kata Vas 12, Richards 13,  Neff 14, Bohe 18, McConnell 24, Terpesta 24.

26 Jul

The first mountain biking medals of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be given out in the men’s mountain bike cross-country event with all the action beginning at 15.00 (Japan time) / 07.00 (UK) / 02.00 (New York) with 38 participants.

Men’s Cross-countryDate and Time: Mon 26 July 15:00 – 17:00 Venue: Izu MTB Course

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Race Distance: 28.25 km –  Race Configuration: 1 Start Loop x 1.3 km +  7 Laps. x 3.85 km

Thomas Pidcock won the gold medal in the Olympic Cross Country race. The 22-year-old Briton dominated the race in Japan, crushing the resistance of all the other favourites. Pidcock is an extraordinary example of versatility: he won the 2020 Giro d’Italia Under-23, the Under-23 cyclo-cross world title in 2019 and the Under-23 cross country world title in 2020. In is first year as a pro rider, he also won the De Brabantse Pijl, was second in the Amstel Gold Race won by Van Aert and 5th at Strade Bianche. The great favourites Mathieu Van der Poel was force to retired after a nasty fall on the first lap, at the Sakura Jump (one of the rocky sector of the circuit). He was convinced that in that point there was a ramp as for the practice sessions and misjudged his trajectory, landing heavily on his back. The Dutchman sat down in pain and then restarted one minute later. However, after a few laps he decided to retire. For the final podium, Pidcock was gold, silver for Fluckinger and bronze for the Spaniard Valero who in the final pulled away from his for rivals for the last available medal. For full results see olympics.com.

The Izu MTB Course will be a 3.85 km circuit (plus a 1.3-kilometre start loop), with five climbs ( totalling 180 metres of elevation gain) per lap and featuring technical drop offs and rocky sections and steep climbs.

Favourites: Nino Schurter, Switzerland (the defending champion), and his fellow Swiss team-mate, Mathias Flueckige, the Netherlands’ Mathieu van der Poel, France’s Victor Koretzky and Jordan Sarrou (the 2020 World Champion), Tom Pidcock from Great Britain, Ondrej Cink from Czech Republic (considered the best climber) and the Brazilian Henrique Avancini. Bookmakers favourites quotes: Van der Poel 1, Tom Pidcock 2, Flueckige 7, Schurter 9, Avancini 14, Sarrou 20, Cink 22, Victor Koretzky 28.

25 Jul

Olympic Games WE – Road Race full results @ procyclingstats.com

The unbelievable feat! Anna Kiesenhofer triumphs. Silver for Annemiek Van Vleuten, bronze Elisa Longo Borghini.

Incredible epilogue in the women’s race of the Olympic Games: the Van Vleuten thought she had won, but in front there was the Austrian, a breakaway since km 0.

One of the greatest feat in Tokyo 2020 will have the signature of Anna Kiesenhofer. The Austrian won the Olympic gold medal. Born in 1991, with a PhD in mathematics, she is an amateur cyclist who has been racing without a team since 2017. Today, she was in the breakaway the started since km 0 and this first attack, originally led by Omer Shapira (Israel), Vera Looser (Namibia), Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria), Carla Hoberholzer (South Africa) and Anna Plichta (Poland), decided the race. The small breakaway had a significant gap with the peloton more than 10 min behind. Kiesenhofer then attached again doing the last 40 km solo. The group was still snoozing, only at 17 kilometres from the finish, after the attack of Juliette Labous (France), the Netherlands team decided to increase the speed and reached 5 km from the finish Shapira and Plichta both from the initial breakaway. But Anna Kiesenhofer was still at large and the reaction of the favourites group ineffective. Annemiek Van Vleuten took off on the counter-attack, and shortly afterwards Elisa Longo Borghini also accelerated in a hunt for medals. It was too late to catch Anna Kiesenhofer, who celebrated her victory in disbelief. On the podium also the Netherlands, with Annemiek van Vleuten (who, mistakenly, at the finish line raised her arms as if she had won) and Elisa Longo Borghini from Italy (already bronze medal in Rio 2016). “I was wrong,” Van Vleuten told her coach after realising her mistake. “We didn’t get any info.”

A profile of the new Women Road Race Olympic Champion Anna Kiesenhofer @ cyclingnews.com

24 Jul

Richard Carapaz storms to gold medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics road race 

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The Ecuadorian put in a phenomenal ride to hold off a chasing group behind. Full article by Alex Ballinger @ CyclingWeekly.com

🇮🇹 Carapaz, il campione che trasudamerica!

Un gran finale della prova olimpica su strada lancia l’ecuadoriano a un successo memorabile. Podio super con gli incontenibili Van Aert e Pogacar. Un’Italia a tratti bella rimbalza sui crampi di Alberto Bettiol (14esimo). Full article by Marco Grassi @ cicloweb.it

full raider profiles and bib numbers @ procyclingstats.com

Roll of Honour: 2016 VAN AVERMAET Greg
2012 VINOKOUROV Alexandre, 2008 SÁNCHEZ Samuel, 2004 BETTINI Paolo, 2000 ULLRICH Jan, 1996 RICHARD Pascal, 1992 CASARTELLI Fabio,
1988 LUDWIG Olaf, 1984 GREWAL Alexi, 1980 SUKHORUCHENKOV Sergei

23 Jul

German rider Simon Geschke has tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore not be able to participate in the cycling road race scheduled for tomorrow morning. This was announced by the German Olympic Committee. Geschke had undergone a positive antigen test, which was later confirmed by a PCR test.

Bad news for the Spanish national cycling team at the Tokyo Olympics just hours before the start of the men’s road race. The team’s masseur tested positive for Coronavirus . Valverde, Jesus Herrada, Fraile and the Izagirre brothers will be at the start of the Olympic race, but will not be accompanied by Team Manager Momparler, who shares the room with the masseur and has therefore been placed in quarantine. Leading the team in the race should be the women’s team manager, Gemma Pasqual.

22 Jul

The route – The 234 kilometre race departs from the Musashinonomori Park with the first 40km flat and fast and then routing towards the climbs of Doushi Road and Kagosaka Pass. After a descend to Gotemba, the route goes up again to the Fuji Sanroku climb, 14.3km at 6 % and the following downhill, the race will now heads off for the ‘Mount Fuji Circuit’. Once into the Fuji International Speedway racetrack, which will host the finish, riders will complete a short undulating lap before moving towards the Mikuni Pass (1159m). The 6.8km climb averages at 10.1% with ramps up to 18% is the hardest climb of the day. After topping out at Kagosaka Pass, 2.2km at 6%, there is a fast descent that head again to the Speedway circuit for the third and final time. Total elevation gain 4865m.

Most of the teams have now seen the entire route and are all reporting the impressive heat, the difficulty in breathing on the climbs and the excessive sweating. The key point of the race will be the Mikuni Pass, the hardest climb (up to 18%) of the race. The finish take place on the Fuji International Speedway, and once on the racetrack there is also a short 10% stretch to the pit entrance, at which point there are 4km to go, the first downhill, the last few slightly uphill (up to 5%) leading to the final 1000 metres. Only that last km will be flat. If it’s this hot it will be an elimination race, but the current the weather forecast suggest rain in the final part of the race.

21 Jul

Davide Cassani, the head of the Italian national team, said that the final climb, which is only 5 kilometres from the finish line, around 2 km with peaks in double digits, will be extremely difficult and can be the springboard for the last race attack. For Cassani, in fact, even a dozen seconds gap gained there can be enough to win the title: “The very hard course, the heat and perhaps even the rain will make the race extremely selective and the last climb could be enough to get just one rider to the finish line.”

All cycling competitor for the cycling road race are staying in Gotemba, 100 kilometres southwest of Tokyo, near the course where the Olympic cycling village is based. The hotel is filled exclusively with cyclists to be competing in the road race. They are in a tight bubble with little chance to feel the Olympic atmosphere and experience Japan, in fact even when training they are forbidden to stop, so far only the view of Mount Fuji and the street signs written in Japanese are making they feel like they are in Japan.

First indications on the Olympic Race, from the Belgian national team that probably the favourite team, both for the road race and the time trial. On Sunday evening, immediately after the Tour de France, Wout van Aert, who aims to win medals in both events, left for Tokyo with Greg Van Avermaet, gold at the Rio Games in 2016, and Tiesj Benoot. The three riders joined Remco Evenepoel and Mauri Vansevenant who had already arrived in Japan. This morning Van Aert, Van Avermaet and Benoot did their first training on the roads of Japan, covering 70 km with 800 metres of elevation gain. It’s not easy to adapt to the Japanese climate, because the temperature is 32° with a percentage of humidity that reaches almost 70%. The first indications on the route to the Olympics came from Remco Evenepoel who, like Van Aert, will be involved in both the road and time trial. The young Belgian, with the coach of the national team Sven Vanthourenhout, arrived in Tokyo on July 10th, a considerable advantage over the other riders, and over the weekend he and Vansevenant did an inspection of the Olympic route race. Vanthourenhout made a very detailed analysis of the course, explaining that with the exception of the area that passes near a lake, the route is characterised by continuous ups and downs, with no flat stretches. According to the Belgian manager, the Mikuni Pass will be the decisive point of the race and will be tackled 35 kilometres from the finish. According to Vanthourenhout, the six-kilometre climb with an average gradient of 10% and ramps up to 16% will favour pure climbers. This climb, if not tackled in the right way, could be to demanding even for a rider like Wout Van Aert, who we saw dominate the Mont Ventoux climb, but who also arrived in Tokyo with the fatigue of the Tour. A lot will depend on the situation that arises during the race,” stressed the Belgian coach. “The best strategy will be to play it safe. If that doesn’t happen, the race will be open to many favourites and at that point the number one could be Pogacar. However Vanthourenhout is optimistic and for the Belgian coach, Van Aert is in great shape, but he has to watch out for the grim gradients of Mikuni Pass.

On the eve of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the second case of a cyclist who tested positive for covid-19. After the case of Namibian Dan Craven, today came the news of the positivity of Colombian Daniel Felipe Martinez, the rider of the Ineos Grenadiers was planning to race the Individual Time Trial. The Colombian was stopped in his home country and will be replaced by Rigoberto Uran.

Men’s Road Race 24 Jul – start at 03.00 am arrival around 10.15 (UK time) Latest from Tokyo. Who will succede to Greg Van Avermaet?

Startlist

full raider profiles and bib numbers @ procyclingstats.com

  • Belarus: RIABUSHENKO Alexandr
  • New Zealand: BEVIN Patrick; BENNETT George
  • Turkey: ÖRKEN Ahmet; BALKAN Onur
  • Poland: KWIATKOWSKI Michał; BODNAR Maciej; MAJKA Rafał
  • Hong Kong: CHOI Hiu Fung
  • Namibia: CRAVEN Dan
  • Morocco: EL KOURAJI Mohcine
  • Russia: SIVAKOV Pavel; ZAKARIN Ilnur; VLASOV Aleksandr
  • Latvia:NEILANDS Krists; SKUJIŅŠ Toms
  • Iran: SAFARZADEH Saeeid
  • Canada: HOULE Hugo; WOODS Michael; BOIVIN Guillaume
  • Panama: JURADO Christofer Robín
  • Argentina: SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo
  • Costa Rica: AMADOR Andrey
  • Japan: MASUDA Nariyuki: ARASHIRO Yukiya
  • Ukraine: BUDYAK Anatoliy
  • Croatia: RUMAC Josip
  • Kazakhstan: LUTSENKO Alexey; PRONSKIY Vadim; GRUZDEV Dmitriy
  • Peru: NAVARRO Royner
  • Burkina Faso: DAUMONT Paul
  • Venezuela: AULAR Orluis
  • Azerbaijan: ASADOV Elchin
  • Netherlands: DUMOULIN Tom; MOLLEMA Bauk; KELDERMAN Wilco; VAN BAARE Dylan; HAVIK Yoeri
  • Belgium: VAN AERT Wout; EVENEPOEL Remco; VAN AVERMAET Greg;  BENOOT Tiesj; VANSEVENANT Mauri
  • Colombia: QUINTANA Nairo; URÁN Rigoberto; HIGUITA Sergio; CHAVES Esteban
  • France: CAVAGNA Rémi; COSNEFROY Benoî; GAUDU David; MARTIN Guillaume; ELISSONDE Kenny
  • Italy: CARUSO Damiano; MOSCON Gianni; BETTIOL Alberto; CICCONE Giulio; NIBALI Vincenzo
  • Spain: VALVERDE Alejandro; IZAGIRRE Gorka; IZAGIRRE Ion; HERRADA Jesús; FRAILE Omar
  • Austria: MÜHLBERGER Gregor; PERNSTEINER Hermann; KONRAD Patrick
  • Denmark: FUGLSANG Jakob; ASGREEN Kasper; JUUL-JENSEN Christopher; VALGREN Michael
  • Germany: SCHACHMANN Maximilian; BUCHMANN Emanuel; ARNDT Nikias; GESCHKE Simon
  • Great Britain: THOMAS Geraint; YATES Adam; YATES Simon; GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
  • Norway: JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland; FOSS Tobias; LEKNESSUND Andreas; HOELGAARD Markus
  • Slovenia: ROGLIČ Primož; POGAČAR Tadej; TRATNIK Jan; POLANC Jan
  • Switzerland: HIRSCHI Marc; KÜNG Stefan; SCHÄR Michael; MÄDER Gino
  • Ireland: MARTIN Dan; ROCHE Nicolas; DUNBAR Eddie
  • South Africa: DE BOD Stefan; GIBBONS Ryan; DLAMINI Nic
  • Luxembourg: GENIETS Kevin; RIES Michel
  • Portugal: ALMEIDA João; OLIVEIRA Nelson
  • Slovakia: KUBIŠ Lukáš; SAGAN Juraj
  • United States: MCNULTY Brandon; CRADDOCK Lawson
  • Ecuador: NARVÁEZ Jhonatan; CARAPAZ Richard
  • Algeria: LAGAB Azzedine
  • Eritrea: GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel; KUDUS Merhawi
  • Estonia: PRUUS Peeter; KANGERT Tanel
  • Greece: TZORTZAKIS Polychronis
  • Guatemala: N/A yet
  • Hungary: VALTER Attila
  • Lithuania: ŠIŠKEVIČIUS Evaldas
  • Mexico: FRAYRE Eder
  • Romania: GROSU Eduard-Michael
  • Rwanda: MUGISHA Moise
  • Australia: DENNIS Rohan; PORTE Richie; DURBRIDGE Luke; HAMILTON Lucas
  • Czech Republic: KUKRLE Michael; SCHLEGEL Michal; ŠTYBAR Zdeněk

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