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2020 Olympics Cycling:
Men's Road Race

July 24, 2021

Tokyo Olympics

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Saturday, July 24 (date on map is in error): Men's road race.

234 kilometers with 4,865 meters of elevation gain.

Results | Photos | Course map & profile | Startlist

Ricjard Carapaz

Richard Carapaz is the new Olympic road race champion.

Weather at Fuji Shi, near the finish at 12:15 PM, local time: 31C (87F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the south-southeast at 8 km/hr (6 mph). There is an 18% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the UCI's race summary:

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Richard Carapaz has made history again. A week after becoming the first Ecuadorian podium finisher of the Tour de France, and a couple of years after winning the Giro d’Italia – an unprecedented feat for an Ecuadorian rider – the climber raised in the Carchi province claimed glory in the men’s road race, the opening cycling event of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Carapaz smiled, winked and grimaced at the cameras in contagious joy as he brought Ecuador their second gold medal in the history of the Olympic Games. Wout van Aert finished second for Belgium as he outsprinted Slovenia’s Tadej Pogačar in the chase group.

Slovenia and Belgium control the early race
The peloton of 129 riders started at 11am local time from Musashinonomori Park without Australia’s Rohan Dennis, who was focusing on the time trial. Germany’s Simon Geschke and Czech Republic’s Michael Schlegel did not take the start after returning positive Covid-19 tests.

The participants had 234 demanding kilometres ahead of them to reach the finish at the Fuji International Speedway. Eight riders went on the move as soon as the flag dropped and quickly opened a significant gap ahead of the route’s main challenges.

Nicholas Dlamini (RSA), Michael Kukrle (CZE), Juraj Sagan (SVK), Polychronis Tzortzakis (GRE), Eduard-Michael Grosu (ROU), Orluis Alberto Aular Sanabria (VEN), Paul Daumont (BUR) and Elchin Asadov (AZE) brought their lead up to over 10 minutes as they hit the first slopes of the long steady climb of Doushi Road.

Slovenia and Belgium drove the peloton in these early stages of the race, with the 2016 Olympic Champion Greg Van Avermaet pulling the bunch himself on the first climb of the day. The gap increased to 18’45’’ with 170km to go.

Only seven riders remained at the front after Asadov lost contact on a short downhill section. Namibia’s Tristan de Lange set off in pursuit but was caught after 25km of effort, just as Slovenia’s Jan Tratnik increased the pace in the bunch alongside Van Avermaet. Around the same time, Daumont and Grosu were dropped from the front group, whose lead to the bunch reduced to 16’ as the race entered the last 140km.

Mount Fuji sets the stage for a thrilling finale
The intensity steadily increased en route to the second ascent, the Fuji Sanroku climb (14.3km at an average gradient of 6%), on the slopes of Mount Fuji. As the peloton thinned out so did the gap to the front of the race, coming down to 10’25’’ when the leaders still had 100km to go.

With the summit of the Fuji Sanroku climb still 4km away, Van Avermaet was dropped from the bunch after his early work, but Tratnik maintained a strong pace. And Italy’s Giulio Ciccone, following an earlier crash also involving Geraint Thomas (GBR) and Nairo Quintana (COL), turned up the intensity as he took the helm of the bunch near the summit.

Many riders couldn’t keep up with this hard pace on a demanding terrain and with hot and humid conditions. Spain’s Alejandro Valverde, participating in his fifth successive Olympic Games, was among the main dropped contenders as the peloton crested the Fuji Sanroku climb with a gap of 5’.

Juraj Sagan was the first rider across the finish line, as the early attackers rode through the Fuji Speedway before heading to the mighty climb of Mikuni Pass: 6.5km at an average gradient of 10.6%, with sections reaching 20%.

Attacks already flew ahead of the climb, with Dutch and Italian riders showing their willingness to open up the race. Remco Evenepoel was prompt to react for the Belgians but everyone, including the breakaway riders, was caught with 48km remaining.

Pogačar opens up the race, Carapaz finishes off
Evenepoel was soon dropped on the Mikuni Pass climb and it didn’t take much longer before Pogačar launched a strong acceleration. Only Brandon McNulty (USA) and Michael Woods (CAN) followed the recent winner of the Tour de France while Van Aert tried to control the gap.

Carapaz, Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) and Alberto Bettiol (ITA) were the first to join the leading trio, with 35km to go. They were quickly followed by Rigoberto Urán (COL). Van Aert also bridged the gap with David Gaudu (FRA), Bauke Mollema (NED) and Jakob Fuglsang (DEN). Maximilian Schachmann (GER) and Adam Yates (GBR) made it 13 riders at the front on the short following descent, with around 30km to go.

After a series of attacks and countermoves, Carapaz and McNulty crested the final climb of the day, Kagosaka Pass, alone. Their lead was just above 20’’ with just over 20km remaining. The gap had risen to 45’’ when Van Aert powerfully accelerated with 12km to go. His move cut Carapaz and McNulty’s lead to 20’’ heading into the last 10km.

With the chasers moving closer and closer, Carapaz went on his own with 6km to go. And there was no coming back for his rivals, settling for the sprint for silver. Van Aert opened up the final run in to the line and narrowly edged out Pogačar as the duo joined Carapaz on the Olympic podium.

Olympics podium

The podium, from left: Wout van Aert (2nd), Richard Carapaz (1st) & Tadej Pogacar (3rd).

Complete results:

Photos

234 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.420 km/hr

1 CARAPAZ Richard Ecuador 6hr 5min 26sec
2 VAN AERT Wout Belgium @ 1min 7sec
3 POGAČAR Tadej Slovenia s.t.
4 MOLLEMA Bauke Netherlands s.t.
5 WOODS Michael Canada s.t.
6 MCNULTY Brandon United States s.t.
7 GAUDU David France s.t.
8 URÁN Rigoberto Colombia s.t.
9 YATES Adam Great Britain s.t.
10 SCHACHMANN Maximilian Germany 1:21
11 KWIATKOWSKI Michał Poland 1:35
12 FUGLSANG Jakob Denmark 2:43
13 ALMEIDA João Portugal 3:38
14 BETTIOL Alberto Italy s.t.
15 VAN BAARLE Dylan Netherlands s.t.
16 MARTIN Dan Ireland s.t.
17 YATES Simon Great Britain s.t.
18 KONRAD Patrick Austria s.t.
19 MAJKA Rafał Poland 3:40
20 MOSCON Gianni Italy 3:42
21 LUTSENKO Alexey Kazakhstan 6:20
22 SKUJIŅŠ Toms Latvia s.t.
23 IZAGIRRE Gorka Spain s.t.
24 CARUSO Damiano Italy s.t.
25 HIRSCHI Marc Switzerland s.t.
26 BENNETT George New Zealand s.t.
27 MARTIN Guillaume France s.t.
28 ROGLIČ Primož Slovenia s.t.
29 BUCHMANN Emanuel Germany s.t.
30 PERNSTEINER Hermann Austria 7:51
31 SCHÄR Michael Switzerland s.t.
32 SIVAKOV Pavel Russia s.t.
33 NEILANDS Krists Latvia 10:12
34 HOELGAARD Markus Norway s.t.
35 ARASHIRO Yukiya Japan s.t.
36 KUKRLE Michael Czech Republic s.t.
37 GENIETS Kevin Luxembourg s.t.
38 ELISSONDE Kenny France s.t.
39 FRAYRE Eder Mexico s.t.
40 KÜNG Stefan Switzerland s.t.
41 OLIVEIRA Nelson Portugal s.t.
42 VALVERDE Alejandro Spain s.t.
43 POLANC Jan Slovenia s.t.
44 DUMOULIN Tom Netherlands s.t.
45 CHAVES Esteban Colombia s.t.
46 KANGERT Tanel Estonia s.t.
47 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan Ecuador s.t.
48 PORTE Richie Australia s.t.
49 EVENEPOEL Remco Belgium s.t.
50 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel Eritrea s.t.
51 KELDERMAN Wilco Netherlands s.t.
52 DE BOD Stefan South Africa 11:27
53 NIBALI Vincenzo Italy s.t.
54 ARNDT Nikias Germany s.t.
55 KUDUS Merhawi Eritrea s.t.
56 BUDYAK Anatoliy Ukraine s.t.
57 COSNEFROY Benoît France s.t.
58 BENOOT Tiesj Belgium s.t.
59 VLASOV Aleksandr Russia s.t.
60 CICCONE Giulio Italy s.t.
61 FOSS Tobias Norway s.t.
62 HERRADA Jesús Spain s.t.
63 TZORTZAKIS Polychronis Greece 16:20
64 HALMURATOV Muradjan Uzbekistan s.t.
65 BOIVIN Guillaume Canada s.t.
66 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr Belarus s.t.
67 TRATNIK Jan Slovenia s.t.
68 AMADOR Andrey Costa Rica s.t.
69 QUINTANA Nairo Colombia s.t.
70 MÜHLBERGER Gregor Austria s.t.
71 HAMILTON Lucas Australia s.t.
72 DURBRIDGE Luke Australia s.t.
73 RIES Michel Luxembourg s.t.
74 MÄDER Gino Switzerland s.t.
75 ROCHE Nicolas Ireland s.t.
76 DUNBAR Eddie Ireland s.t.
77 VANSEVENANT Mauri Belgium s.t.
78 VALGREN Michael Denmark s.t.
79 IZAGIRRE Ion Spain s.t.
80 CRADDOCK Lawson United States s.t.
81 HIGUITA Sergio Colombia s.t.
82 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland Norway 19:46
83 LEKNESSUND Andreas Norway s.t.
84 MASUDA Nariyuki Japan 19:50
85 HOULE Hugo Canada s.t.
DNF VALTER Attila Hungary
DNF VAN AVERMAET Greg Belgium
DNF ŠIŠKEVIČIUS Evaldas Lithuania
DNF RUMAC Josip Croatia
DNF SAFARZADEH Saeeid Iran
DNF THOMAS Geraint Great Britain
DNF FENG Chun Kai Taiwan
DNF ASADOV Elchin Azerbaijan
DNF GIBBONS Ryan South Africa
DNF KUBIŠ Lukáš Slovakia
DNF MUGISHA Moise Rwanda
DNF JUUL-JENSEN Christopher Denmark
DNF HAVIK Yoeri Netherlands
DNF BODNAR Maciej Poland
DNF GEOGHEGAN HART Tao Great Britain
DNF DLAMINI Nic South Africa
DNF LAGAB Azzedine Algeria
DNF DE LANGE Tristan Namibia
DNF RODAS Manuel Guatemala
DNF CHOI Hiu Fung Hong Kong
DNF ZAKARIN Ilnur Russia
DNF EL KOURAJI Mohcine Morocco
DNF AULAR Orluis Venezuela
DNF GROSU Eduard-Michael Romania
DNF BALKAN Onur Turkey
DNF SEPÚLVEDA Eduardo Argentina
DNF FRAILE Omar Spain
DNF NAVARRO Royner Peru
DNF PRUUS Peeter Estonia
DNF GRUZDEV Dmitriy Kazakhstan
DNF CAVAGNA Rémi France
DNF DAUMONT Paul Burkina Faso
DNF ÖRKEN Ahmet Turkey
DNF PRONSKIY Vadim Kazakhstan
DNF JURADO Christofer Robín Panama
DNF MANSOURI Hamza Algeria
DNF ŠTYBAR Zdeněk Czech Republic
DNF BEVIN Patrick New Zealand
DNF SAGAN Juraj Slovakia
DNF ASGREEN Kasper Denmark
DNF WANG Ruidong China
DNS GESCHKE Simon Germany
DNS SCHLEGEL Michal Czech Republic

Men's road race photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Bauke Mollema

Bauke Mollema heading to the race start.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Geniets, Kevin

Kevin Geniets rides to the start

Italian team

The Italian team before the race.

Spectators

Spectators at the Fuji Speedway.

Racers on speedway

Racers on the speedway.

Racers on speedway

Another shot of riders on the Fuji Speedway.

Richard Carapaz

Richard Carapaz is the Olympic road race champion.

Field sprint

Here they come to see who will get the silver medal.

Field sprint

The field sprint for second. Wout van Aert is on the far right and will win it.

Wout van Aert

Wout van Aert was second. That's Bauke Mollema in orange behind him.

Tadej Pogacar

Tadej Pogacar finishing third.

Richard Carapaz

Carapaz right after the race

Richard Carapaz

Olympic champion Richard Carapaz

Olympic podium

The podium, from left: Wout van Aert (2nd), Richard Carapaz (1st) & Tadej Pogacar (3rd).

Course map:

Mens Olympic Road race map

Men's road race map & profile

Start list with backnumbers, July 23, 2021:

Belgium
1 VAN AVERMAET Greg
2 BENOOT Tiesj
3 EVENEPOEL Remco
4 VAN AERT Wout
5 VANSEVENANT Mauri
Slovenia
6 POGAČAR Tadej
7 POLANC Jan
8 ROGLIČ Primož
9 TRATNIK Jan
France
10 CAVAGNA Rémi
11 COSNEFROY Benoît
12 ELISSONDE Kenny
13 GAUDU David
14 MARTIN Guillaume
Spain
15 FRAILE Omar
16 HERRADA Jesús
17 IZAGIRRE Gorka
18 IZAGIRRE Ion
19 VALVERDE Alejandro
Great Britain
20 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
21 THOMAS Geraint
22 YATES  Simon
23 YATES Adam
Italy
24 BETTIOL Alberto
25 CARUSO Damiano
26 CICCONE Giulio
27 MOSCON Gianni
28 NIBALI Vincenzo
Netherlands
29 DUMOULIN Tom
30 HAVIK Yoeri
31 KELDERMAN Wilco
32 MOLLEMA Bauke
33 VAN BAARLE Dylan
Colombia
34 CHAVES Esteban
35 HIGUITA Sergio
37 QUINTANA Nairo
38 URÁN Rigoberto
Australia
40 DURBRIDGE Luke
41 HAMILTON Lucas
42 PORTE Richie
Denmark
43 ASGREEN Kasper
44 FUGLSANG Jakob
45 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher
46 VALGREN Michael
Germany
47 ARNDT Nikias
48 BUCHMANN Emanuel
49 GESCHKE Simon Positive for Covid-19
50 SCHACHMANN Maximilian
Switzerland
51 HIRSCHI Marc
52 KÜNG Stefan
53 MÄDER Gino
54 SCHÄR Michael
Portugal
55 ALMEIDA João
56 OLIVEIRA Nelson
Ireland
57 DUNBAR Eddie
58 MARTIN Dan
59 ROCHE Nicolas
Ecuador
60 CARAPAZ Richard
61 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan
Russian Olympic Committee
62 SIVAKOV Pavel
63 VLASOV Aleksandr
64 ZAKARIN Ilnur
Norway
65 FOSS Tobias
66 HOELGAARD Markus
67 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland
68 LEKNESSUND Andreas
Poland
69 BODNAR Maciej
70 KWIATKOWSKI Michał
71 MAJKA Rafał
New Zealand
72 BENNETT George
73 BEVIN Patrick
South Africa
74 DE BOD Stefan
75 DLAMINI Nic
76 GIBBONS Ryan
Canada
77 BOIVIN Guillaume
78 HOULE Hugo
79 WOODS Michael
Czech Republic
80 KUKRLE Michael
81 SCHLEGEL Michal Positive for Covid 19
82 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk
Austria
83 KONRAD Patrick
84 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
85 PERNSTEINER Hermann
USA
86 CRADDOCK Lawson
87 MCNULTY Brandon
Slovakia
88 KUBIŠ Lukáš
89 SAGAN Juraj
Kazakhstan
90 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
91 LUTSENKO Alexey
92 PRONSKIY Vadim
Ukraine
93 BUDYAK Anatoliy
Estonia
94 KANGERT Tanel
95 PRUUS Peeter
Eritrea
96 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel
97 KUDUS Merhawi
Latvia
98 NEILANDS Krists
99 SKUJIŅŠ Toms
Luxembourg
100 GENIETS Kevin
101 RIES Michel
Belarus
102 RIABUSHENKO Aleksandr
Algeria
103 LAGAB Azzedine
104 MANSOURI Hamza
Romania
105 GROSU Eduard-Michael
Lithuania
106 ŠIŠKEVIČIUS Evaldas
Hungary
107 VALTER Attila
Greece
108 TZORTZAKIS Polychronis
Panama
109 JURADO LOPEZ Christofer
Mexico
110 FRAYRE MOCTEZUMA Eder
Japan
111 ARASHIRO Yukiya
112 MASUDA Nariyuki
Guatemala
113 RODAS OCHOA Manuel Oseas
Rwanda
114 MUGISHA Moise
Namibia
115 de LANGE Tristan
Venezuela
116 AULAR SANABRIA Orluis Alberto
Turkey
117 BALKAN Onur
118 ORKEN Ahmet
Croatia
119 RUMAC Josip
Burkina Faso
120 DAUMONT Paul
China
121 WANG Ruidong
Iran
122 SAFARZADEH Saeid
Argentina
123 SEPULVEDA Eduardo
Uzbekistan
124 KHALMURATOV Muradjan
Morocco
125 EL KOURAJI Mohcine
Costa Rica
126 AMADOR Andrey
Azerbaijan
127 ASADOV Elchin
Peru
128 NAVARRO CALLE Royner
Chinese Taipei
129 FENG Chun Kai
Hong Kong
130 CHOY Hiu Fung

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