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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) won the men's individual time trial at the Rio Olympics on 10th August 2016. Tom Dumoulin (NL) took silver, and Chris Froome (GB) the bronze. The BBC has a report with video highlights.
Earlier, the women's event was won by 42-year-old Kristin Armstrong of the USA, with Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) in silver, and Anna van der Breggen (NL) third.
The 2016 Olympic cycling individual time trials for men and women take place on a hilly course in Rio de Janeiro. The competitors start and finish at Pontal beach, and in between, they tackle the Grumari circuit which will be familiar from the Olympic road races.
Wednesday 10th August, 12.30-1.46pm (UK time)
Wednesday 10th August, 2-5pm (UK time)
The competitors set off every 90 seconds, so there should be plenty of opportunity for catching and passing the rider in front.
This is a map and profile of the Olympic individual time trial course. It starts and finishes at Tim Maia Square, at Pontal Beach, and the main part of the course is a loop in the Grumari Natural Park. The women do one lap of the Grumari circuit, for a race distance of 29.8km, while the men do two laps, totalling 54.5km against the clock.
The Grumari circuit is the same loop which was used in the first part of the Olympic road races (but it's not the section where all the crashes happened). It includes the Grumari climb (1.2km at an average gradient of 9%), and the Grota Funda climb (2.1km at an average gradient of 4.5%). In the road races, there was a 2km cobbled section, but the time trialists will be allowed to use smooth tarmac and avoid the cobbles. (The UCI says, 'The cobbled section has been eliminated in favour of a tarmac strip running parallel...')
This is a map of the Grumari circuit (which is ridden clockwise):
Chris Froome, by Hedgehog Cycling
There are 40 competitors in total, with a maximum of two per nation. CyclingWeekly has a provisional start list.
Chris Froome rides for Great Britain; Geraint Thomas was also given a place, the day before the event, after the withdrawals through injury of various riders including Vincenzo Nibali. Other medal contenders are Tom Dumoulin (NL), Rohan Dennis (Australia), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), Tony Martin (Germany), Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), and Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland).
Wout Poels (NL) announced on Tuesday 9th August that he would not ride the time trial, because of an arm injury suffered during a fall in the road race.
Tom Dumoulin (NL) climbed off after only 12km of the road race. He had to take part in order to be allowed to ride the time trial - a rule which should perhaps be reconsidered, since it clearly results in farcical situations. 'The risk that I would break something was too great,' he said.
Emma Pooley rides for Great Britain in the individual time trial. Other strong contenders will be Lotte Kopecky (Belgium), Trixi Worrack (Germany), Anna van der Breggen and Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands), Linda Villumsen (NZ), Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia), and Kristin Armstrong (USA). Cycling Weekly has a provisional start list.
Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands won the women's 2016 Olympic cycling road race on Sunday 7th August 2016, a day after Greg van Avermaet had taken gold for Belgium in the men's road race. Read about the men's and women's 2016 Olympic cycling road races.
28th July 2016
Tom Dumoulin will ride the individual time trial, and perhaps the road race, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. When he abandoned the Tour de France 2016 on Stage 19, it seemed that his participation in the Games was in doubt, but it was a clean wrist break which is healing well, and he could be pain-free and able to ride without a brace in Rio. Read about Tom Dumoulin to ride Olympic ITT.
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