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2020 Olympics Cycling:
Road Races, Time Trials and Track

July–August, 2021

Tokyo Olympics

Olympic cycle competitions historical results | 2016 Olympics

Road events results:

Track events:


Saturday, July 24: Men's road race.

Complete men's road race results, photos, course map & profile & start list

Ricjard Carapaz

Richard Carapaz is the new Olympic road race champion.

Results:

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

Sunday, July 25: Women's Road Race

Results | Photos | Course map & profile | Start list

Anna Kiesenhofer

Anna Kiesenhofer takes the gold.

137 kilometers with 2,692 meters of elevation gain

Weather at Fuji Shi, near the finish at 12:05 PM, local time: 21C (89F), fair, with the wind from the southeast at 11 km/hr (7 mph). There is just a 2% chance of rain.

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

At 30 years old, Anna Kiesenhofer claimed by far the greatest achievement of her career as she rode on her own through the Fuji International Speedway to take the gold medal at the end of the women’s road race of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The former triathlete, who took up cycling in 2014 while studying at the Universities of Vienna, Cambridge and Catalonia, had previously only won National Austrian Champion titles and a stage of the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche, in 2016, prior to her stellar ride on Sunday.

Kiesenhofer is also the first Austrian female cyclist to claim a medal at the Olympic Games - and she did it as the only rider to represent her nation in the women’s road race. Among her male compatriots, only Adolf Schmal had climbed onto the podium of the Olympic Games, thanks to his exploits on the track in 1896.

Despite her scientific approach of her efforts and the mastery she displayed on Japanese roads, Kiesenhofer may well have been the most surprised of them all as she struggled to catch her breath while lying on the ground, both overwhelmed by the magnitude of her efforts and the understanding she had just become an Olympic Champion. She certainly isn’t as used to winning as the riders who followed her across the line, with The Netherlands’ Annemiek van Vleuten taking silver ahead of Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini.

How the break got away
A peloton of 67 competitors set off from Musashinonomori Park in the early afternoon. The hot conditions and the demanding 137km ahead of them, featuring 2,692m of elevation, left little doubt as to the nature of the Olympic Champion to be crowned: only the bravest could survive the challenges of the day to arrive in the best position on the final 17.7km circuit.

But with most of the elevation concentrated into the mid-sections of the route, on the long climb of Doushi Road, quickly followed by the punchy ascent of Kagosaka Pass, tactical options were wide open ahead of a hilly and thrilling finale.

Five riders quickly made the break of the day: Anna Plichta (POL), Carla Oberholzer (RSA), Kiesenhofer, Vera Looser (NAM) and Omer Shapira (ISR). Selam Amha (ETH) and Mosana Debesay (ERI) tried to join them but stayed in pursuit for about 40km before they were reeled in by the bunch.

By that time, the gap between the front group and the peloton was up to 10’ but it didn’t deter other counter-attackers to launch their moves while the breakaway was thinning out. Perhaps sensing the necessity to react to such a gap, Ana Marina Espinola Salinas (PAR) and Catalina Anais Soto Campos (CHI) set off in pursuit while Looser and Oberholzer were dropped from the front.

The peloton reacted early…
With an important gap to the front, smaller teams of between one and four riders per nation, and the day’s main climb (Doushi Road) coming early, the favourites opened up their race a long way out from the finish. It was German and mostly Dutch women who were the most active in controlling the bunch early on.

The Oranje squad could still rely on a stellar cast to chase another gold medal at the Olympic Games, with the last two winners of the road race, Marianne Vos (2012) and Anna van der Breggen (2016), their regular companion Annemiek van Vleuten (who was leading the way before crashing out in 2016) and the rising star Demi Vollering.

Vollering attacked on the climb of Doushi Road, about 8km before the summit. She was quickly reeled in but the peloton stretched and lost strong riders such as Gerrmany’s Trixi Worrack, participating in her fifth successive Olympic Games.

From there on, the pressure only increased with a succession of violent accelerations. USA’s Ruth Winder went for her own attack but it was mainly the Dutchwomen who kept swirling off the front: Van Vleuten, followed by Vos, then Van der Breggen, and Van Vleuten again… and again.

The three-time UCI Road World Champion (once in the road race and twice in the ITT) opened a gap on the final slopes of the climb of Doushi Road and kept pushing on the following plateau. As the race entered the final 50km, Van Vleuten was chasing 5’40’’ behind the lead trio and 50’’ ahead of a group of around 25 riders – including her three Dutch teammates, who were closing any move from rivals such as Spain’s Margarita ‘Mavi’ Garcia and Great Britain’s Elizabeth Deignan.

But it was too late to catch Kiesenhofer
Attackers kept pushing on the climb of Kagosaka Pass: Kiesenhofer dropped her breakaway companions, leading with a gap of 21’’ to Shapira and 41’’ to Plichta at the summit. Van Vleuten was still moving closer: 4’59’’ over the top, with 42 riders back together some 57’’ behind her.

Van Vleuten couldn’t maintain the chase on her own, with the likes of Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky and Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma forcing a regrouping ahead of the final circuit. When Kiesenhofer went across the finish line for the first time (with 17.7km to go), she was 4’20’’ ahead of the favourites. Plichta and Shapira were back together, 2’ behind their former companion.

The riders in pursuit gave it their all to overcome the situation but Kiesenhofer was already out of reach. The fatigue could be read on her face and each of her pedal strokes after more than 130km at the front of the race. Shapira and Plichta were caught within the last 5km, which only magnified Kiesenhofer’s resistance at the front and confused the Dutch riders, who thought they had reeled in every attacker at that point. Van Vleuten eventually surged from the bunch to take the silver medal ahead of Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini, repeating her bronze medal from 2016.

Editor's note: Annemiek van Vleuten threw her arms in the air when she finished, thinking she had won the race. "When I crossed the line, I thought I had won," said silver medalist Van Vleuten. The riders race without earpieces in the Olympics so van Vleuten didn't know Kiesenhofer was more than a minute up the road.

Complete results:

Photos

137 kilometers raced at an average speed of 35.431 km/hr

1 KIESENHOFER Anna Austria 3hr 52min 45sec
2 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek Netherlands @ 1min 15sec
3 LONGO BORGHINI Elisa Italy 1:29
4 KOPECKY Lotte Belgium 1:39
5 VOS Marianne Netherlands 1:46
6 BRENNAUER Lisa Germany s.t.
7 RIVERA Coryn United States s.t.
8 CAVALLI Marta Italy s.t.
9 ZABELINSKAYA Olga Uzbekistan s.t.
10 LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup Denmark s.t.
11 DEIGNAN Elizabeth Great Britain s.t.
12 GARCÍA Mavi Spain s.t.
13 MOOLMAN Ashleigh South Africa s.t.
14 NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna Poland s.t.
15 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna Netherlands s.t.
16 CANUEL Karol-Ann Canada 2:20
17 AMIALIUSIK Alena Belarus s.t.
18 LACH Marta Poland 2:28
19 BUJAK Eugenia Slovenia s.t.
20 MAJERUS Christine Luxembourg s.t.
21 YONAMINE Eri Japan s.t.
22 PATIÑO Paula Andrea Colombia 2:30
23 LIPPERT Liane Germany 2:32
24 SHAPIRA Omer Israel 2:38
25 VOLLERING Demi Netherlands 2:56
26 CROMWELL Tiffany Australia s.t.
27 PLICHTA Anna Poland 3:13
28 SANTESTEBAN Ane Spain 3:19
29 THOMAS Leah United States 3:22
30 LABOUS Juliette France s.t.
31 DYGERT Chloe United States 6:06
32 JACKSON Alison Canada 7:02
33 NEUMANOVA Tereza Czech Republic s.t.
34 SIERRA Arlenis Cuba s.t.
35 LELEIVYTĖ Rasa Lithuania s.t.
36 KIRCHMANN Leah Canada s.t.
37 AALERUD Katrine Norway 7:07
38 NA Ahreum South Korea 8:23
39 DRONOVA-BALABOLINA Tamara Russia s.t.
40 GIGANTE Sarah Australia s.t.
41 LUDWIG Hannah Germany s.t.
42 VAN DE VELDE Julie Belgium s.t.
43 KANEKO Hiromi Japan s.t.
44 BASTIANELLI Marta Italy 9:31
45 WINDER Ruth United States s.t.
46 REUSSER Marlen Switzerland s.t.
47 BROWN Grace Australia s.t.
48 PALADIN Soraya Italy 15:55
DNF LOOSER Vera Namibia
DNF WORRACK Trixi Germany
DNF CAMPBELL Teniel Trinidad & Tobago
DNF SALAZAR Lizbeth Yareli Mexico
DNF SHACKLEY Anna Great Britain
DNF CHRISTOFOROU Antri Cyprus
DNF AMHA Selam Ethiopia
DNF OBERHOLZER Carla South Africa
DNF SUN Jiajun China
DNF NORSGAARD Emma Denmark
DNF DEBESAY Mossana Eritrea
DNF KONONENKO Valeriya Ukraine
DNF ESPÍNOLA Agua Marina Paraguay
DNF DEMEY Valerie Belgium
DNF VARGAS Maria Jose Costa Rica
DNF MANEEPHAN Jutatip Thailand
DNF SPRATT Amanda Australia
DNF BORGLI Stine Norway
DNF SOTO Catalina Anais Chile

Women's Olympic road race photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Dutch team

The Dutch team before the start.

Peloton

The peloton rolls out from Musashinonomori Park

Race start

Another shot of the race start.

Anna Kiesenhofer

Anna Kiesenhofer is the Olympic champion.

Annemiek van Vleuten

Annemiek van Vleuten finished second. Without a radio earpiece, Annemiek van Vleuten thought she had won the race, not knowing that Anna Kiesenhofer was well and truly gone, hence the arms in the air. In the old days this happened from time to time.

Elisa Longo Borghini

Elisa Longo Borghini finishes third.

Anna kiesenhofer

Gold medalist Anna Kiesenhofer. Note the cyclist's leg tan.

Podium

The podium, from left: Annemiek van Vleuten (silver), Anna Kiesenhofer (gold), Elisa Longo Borghini (bronze).

Course map & profile. Date on map is in error

Women's Road Race

Women's road race map and profile

Start list with back numbers, July 23, 2021:

Netherlands
1 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
2 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
3 VOS Marianne
4 VOLLERING Demi
Italy
5 BASTIANELLI Marta
6 CAVALLI Marta
7 LONGO-BORGHINI Elisa
8 PALADIN Soraya
Denmark
9 NORSGAARD Emma
10 LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup
Germany
11 BRENNAUER Lisa
12 LIPPERT Liane
13 LUDWIG Hannah
14 WORRACK Trixi
Australia
15 BROWN Grace
16 CROMWELL Tiffany
17 GIGANTE Sarah
18 SPRATT Amanda
Belgium
19 DEMEY Valerie
20 KOPECKY Lotte
21 VAN DE VELDE Julie
Great Britain
22 DEIGNAN Lizzie
23 SHACKLEY Anna
Poland
24 LACH Marta
25 NIEWIADOMA Kasia
26 PLICHTA Anna
United States of America
27 DYGERT Chloe
28 RIVERA Coryn
29 THOMAS Leah
30 WINDER Ruth
South Africa
31 MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh
32 OBERHOLZER Carla
Spain
33 GARCÍA Mavi
34 SANTESTEBAN Ane
Switzerland
35 REUSSER Marlen
France
36 LABOUS Juliette
Norway
37 AALERUD Katrine
38 BØRGLI Stine
Russian Olympic Committee
39 DRONOVA-BALABOLINA Tamara
Slovenia
40 BUJAK Eugenia  
Luxembourg
41 MAJERUS Christine
Ukraine
42 KONONENKO Valeriya
Canada
43 CANUEL Karol-Ann
44 JACKSON Alison
45 KIRCHMANN Leah
Thailand
46 MANEEPHAN Jutatip
Lithuania
47 LELEIVYTE Rasa
Austria
48 KIESENHOFER Anna
Colombia
49 PATINO BEDOYA Paula Andrea
Belarus
50 AMIALIUSIK Alena
Namibia
51 LOOSER Vera
Czech Republic
52 NEUMANOVA Tereza
Paraguay
53 ESPINOLA SALINAS Agua Marina
Israel
54 SHAPIRA Omer
Mexico
55 SALAZAR VAZQUEZ Lizbeth Yareli
Cuba
56 SIERRA CANADILLA Arlenis
Uzbekistan
57 ZABELINSKAYA Olga
Ethiopia
58 AMHA Selam
Eritrea
59 DEBESAY Mosana
Costa Rica
60 VARGAS BARRIENTOS Maria Jose
China
61 SUN Jiajun
Cyprus
62 CHRISTOFOROU Antri
Japan
63 KANEKO Hiromi
64 YONAMINE Eri
Chile
65 SOTO CAMPOS Catalina Anais
Trinidad and Tobago
66 CAMPBELL Teniel
South Korea
67 NA Ahreum

Wednesday, July 28 (date on map is in error): Men's Olympic time trial map & profile

Mens Olympic time trial map

Mens Olympic time trial map and profile, a challenging course


Wednesday, July 28 (date on map is in error): Women's Olympic time trial map & profile

Womens time trial map

Women's Olympic time trial map & profile