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-country – Date and Time: Mon 26 July 15:00 – 17:00 Venue: Izu MTB Course
Race Distance: 28.25 km – Race Configuration: 1 Start Loop x 1.3 km + 7 Laps. x 3.85 km
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.
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
Richard Carapaz storms to gold medal in Tokyo 2020 Olympics road race
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
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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
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.
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.
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?
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- 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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