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7.07 Now the pace has risen in the group of the best, the goal is to recover as much as possible before approaching Mount Fuji.
7.03 Always Belgium and Slovenia to pull.
7.00 The group continues to catch up, now the delay is 16 ‘.
6.56 Brow at Kagosaka Pass, now very fast descent.
6.53 In front therefore there are Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Nic Dlamini (South Africa), Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic), Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece) and Orluis Aular (Venezuela).
6.50 140 kilometers to the finish.
6.47 There are five left in front: in fact, Daumont and Grosu have lost contact.
6.45 The advantage of the fugitives falls below 17 ‘.
6.43 Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Nic Dlamini (South Africa), Eduard Michael Grosu (Romania), Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic), Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece), Orluis Aular (Venezuela), Paul Daumont (Burkina Faso) and Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan).
6.39 Soon the passage to Kagosaka Pass, a ramp of 2.2 kilometers at 4.6%.
6.36 150 kilometers to the finish.
6.33 Thomas manages to get back into the group.
6.32 Always Slovenia and Belgium to pull at the top of the group.
6.30 In the front squad some runners begin to struggle.
6.28 Very bad blow for Thomas, he tries to return but it will be very difficult for him to do well in this race.
6.26 Drilling for Nairo Quintana (Colombia).
6.24 Among the British on the ground also the winner of the Giro d’Italia 2020, Tao Geoghegan Hart.
6.23 Absurd, after many crashes in the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas is back on the ground.
6.22 Fall in a group: Giulio Ciccone also ended up on the ground.
6.20 The group continues to recover, but without snatching. Long and hard pursuit.
6.18 Poland also came in front.
6.16 One minute recovered for the platoon.
6.14 Van Avermaet (Belgium) and Tratnik (Slovenia) lead the group.
6.12 162 kilometers to the finish.
6.10 In the middle between the group and the fugitives is De Lange.
6.07 The advantage of the eight fugitives has dramatically exceeded 20 ‘.
6.04 Tratnik, Polanc and then Pogacar. In the middle van Avermaet.
6.03 Practically all of Slovenia ahead.
6.01 Now it is Slovenia that puts a man in front: it is Jan Tratnik.
5.59 Until now the blue runners have been very hidden.
5.57 The advantage of the squad in command has exceeded 10 ‘.
5.54 The fugitives continue with regular changes.
5.52 After many kilometers of shooting in a group, now the Namibian De Lange tries to attack.
5.49 Great heat in the platoon, many times the riders are going to the flagship.
5.46 The unit is completely stopped.
5.43 4.3 kilometers to be covered at 6.1%.
5.40 The riders are about to reach the first GPM of the day, that of Doushi Road.
5.37 In the queue of the flagships Tadej Pogacar.
5.35 Now Greg van Avermaet has moved, he has stopped pulling Belgium. Evenepoel suggested to the Olympic champion to slow down.
5.32 185 kilometers to the finish.
5.30 The group of the best is about 8 ‘away.
5.26 Still eight men in command of the race.
5.23 The race scheme continues, with the eight leading and van Avermaet leading a group that is still very quiet.
5.19 A puncture for Bevin, a New Zealand rider.
5.16 A little rain on the run.
5.13 Great pace for van Avermaet, the margin of the fugitives is reduced.
5.10 We remember the fugitives: Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Nic Dlamini (South Africa), Eduard Michael Grosu (Romania), Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic), Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece), Orluis Aular (Venezuela), Paul Daumont (Burkina Faso) and Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan).
5.07 The Teutonic Simon Geschke did not start.
5.05 200 kilometers to the finish.
5.03 To give the changes to van Avermaet we find the Namibian de Lange.
5.01 At the bottom of the group is Wout van Aert, the big favorite for the title.
4.59 Work as a follower therefore for van Avermaet who would not have had a chance on this path.
4.56 The first change of tactical scheme arrives: in fact, Belgium leads the group, with the defending champion Greg van Avermaet.
4.53 210 kilometers to the finish.
4.51 The group is practically stationary: the margin of the fugitives could soon rise beyond 10 ‘.
4.48 The advantage continues to rise: we are over 5 ‘.
4.45 In a group the situation is still very calm.
4.42 We remember the fugitives: Juraj Sagan (Slovakia), Nic Dlamini (South Africa), Eduard Michael Grosu (Romania), Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic), Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece), Orluis Aular (Venezuela), Paul Daumont (Burkina Faso) and Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan).
4.39 Regular changes for the eight attackers.
4.36 220 kilometers to the finish line, still a very long race.
4.32 At the attack we find: Sagan (SVK), Dlamini (RSA), Grosu (ROU), Kukrle (CZE), Tzortzakis (GRE), Aular (VEN), Wang (CHN) and Asadov (AZE).
4.29 The fugitives already have an advantage of over 2 ‘over the group.
4.27 The platoon’s march continues very quietly.
4.25 There are eight men in charge, the group obviously lets it go.
4.23 A first escape attempt is formed immediately.
4.21 Kilometer 0 is here! This male online test starts definitively.
4.18 In the top positions of the group we find Giulio Ciccone.
4.15 Still mechanical problems: the Argentine Sepulveda stops.
4.10 This long stretch of transfer continues.
4.06 Some problems with the bicycle also for Eddie Dunbar (Ireland).
4.04 Mechanical problem for the Greek Tzortzakis, the group awaits him.
4.02 As happens in the Tour de France and in the most important races, first a transfer section anticipating kilometer 0.
4.00 Let’s go! The men’s road cycling Olympics online trial begins!
3.58 Representing Italy led by Davide Cassani are Gianni Moscon, Damiano Caruso, Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Bettiol and Giulio Ciccone.
3.56 The reigning Olympic champion is the Belgian Greg van Avermaet, triumphant in Rio.
3.53 The presentation of the teams has already finished, riders ready on the starting line.
3.50 The race will start at 11.00 Japanese, 4.00 Italian.
3.47 This is probably the most anticipated race of the entire Five-Wheeled program on two wheels, a race full of spectacle, with a startlist full of champions.
3.45 Hello and welcome to our live live of the Olympic road cycling race for men.
The presentation of the Olympic course – The riders and the start list of the runners at the start – Today’s favorites – The possible outsiders – The possible tactical scenarios of the National Italian
Welcome to our LIVE LIVE of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic race reserved for men’s road cycling. We are finally here, after a very long and exhausting wait, the five-circle flame has rekindled, and as usual, one of the very first races valid for gold is the one reserved for cycling.
What will be staged in a few hours will be an unparalleled competition, which the best of the international movement will face on a really demanding track, perhaps the hardest ever with his own 4865 meters in altitude divided in 234 kilometers with departure from Musashinonomori Park and arrival at Fuji International Speedway, and including five really tough GPMs.
Going into the details of the route, the first 40 kilometers will be flat, and it will not be easy to take away a highly coveted escape. After that it will start to get serious. A long and constant ascent of about 35 kilometers will lead to the first GPM of the day, that of Doushi Road with his 4.3 kilometers at 6.1%. Scollinati there will be a stretch on a slight slope and immediately after climbing a Kagosaka Pass, a ramp of 2.2 kilometers at 4.6%. Then a long descent towards Gotemba will lead to the spectacular ascent of the Monte Fuji, as well as the key point of the race with its hard fifteen kilometers 6% average gradient and peaks that go beyond 10%.
Still downhill, crossing the finish line and last lap. Thirty kilometers from the finish, the insidious approach will be approached Mikuni Pass with his 6.5 kilometers at 10.6% average gradient, and peaks of 22%: exhausting. Here it will make a clear difference. After a few flat kilometers to catch your breath it will be tackled once again the Kagosaka Pass for a possible final hit. From there on it will be all descent followed by a short stretch on a slight slope which will lead to the arrival of the Fuji International Speedway.
Speaking of the favorites of the day, two national teams stand out above all: Slovenia and Belgium. The first, in fact, will be able to rely on the winner of the Tour de France Tadej Pogacar, who, at the moment, is the best climber present in the group. The latter, on the other hand, have a leader of the caliber of Wout Van Aert, a simply complete runner that no one can afford to carry in the sprint; otherwise no one will have a chance here.
In addition, Slovenia and Belgium will both have two second-tier second-tiers such as Primoz Roglic e Remco Evenepoel. The winner of the 2020 Vuelta has returned from a bad forced retirement from the Tour de France, so his current form is unknown; but should he ever find himself in the right condition, all rivals will have much to fear. Evenepoel, on the other hand, has perfectly prepared this appointment, and with one of his attacks from a distance he could outwit everyone. Do not forget the presence of the Rio 2016 outgoing Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet.
We can therefore mention, obligatorily, the Italian national team of Gianni Moscon, Damiano Caruso, Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Bettiol and Giulio Ciccone. Surely Moscon is one of the greatest runners who have the perfect qualities to surprise everyone with a solitary attack; like Bettiol, who could make a big difference even downhill. At the same time Caruso, Nibali and Ciccone are among the strongest climbers of the group who will do everything to complicate the life of Belgium and Slovenia. In short, our five blues will be able to defend themselves in every single situation, and the ambition of the podium is totally on our side.
The other national teams have several interesting men. We mention, for example, Richard Carapaz, who after having conquered the second final place in the Tour, wants to give a historic medal to his Ecuador. Speaking of riders who will show up in excellent shape at the five-circle event, the French must certainly be mentioned David Gaudu, returns from a Grande Boucle in growing step by step, the Irish Daniel Martin, the Colombian Sergio Higuita, and the Canadian Michael Woods, retired early in order to recover better.
Nor should the Spanish couple formed from the eternal be underestimated Alejandro Valverde e Omar friar. Furthermore, among the great protagonists of the Tour that we will see again in Tokyo, there are also the Dutch Bauke Mollema and the Austrian Patrick Konrad, two born attackers who are not afraid of slopes. Also at the start the silver of Rio 2016, the Danish Jakob Fuglsang, and the bronze medal, the Pole Rafal Majka, supported by his compatriot Michal Kwiatkowski.
Among the possible loose mines we have the Swiss Marc Hirschi and the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko. To mention the English battleship with Tao Geoghegan Hart, Geraint Thomas and brothers Adam e Simon Yates. Participants also include Portuguese João Almeida, the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov and German Maximilian Schachmann.
OA Sport offers you LIVE LIVE Olympic race for men’s cycling from 4.00 on Saturday 24 July. Have fun and happy Olympics to everyone!