Cycling at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race

The men's road race was one of 18 cycling events of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The race started and finished on 6 August at Fort Copacabana and was won by Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium.

Men's cycling road race
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
2016 Summer Olympics Men's individual road race First Day 11.jpg
View of the start of the Men's road race.
VenueFort Copacabana
241.5 km (150.1 mi)
Date6 August 2016
Competitors144 from 63 nations
Winning time6:10:05
1st place, gold medalist(s) Greg Van Avermaet  Belgium
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Jakob Fuglsang  Denmark
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Rafał Majka  Poland
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Pre-race favouritesEdit

Due to the grueling nature of the course, the riders expected to finish with a medal were all known for their climbing and descending skills.[according to whom?] Favorites heading into the race were Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome, Joaquim Rodríguez and Julian Alaphilippe[2], many expected that Chris Froome may have had the assistance of some of his Team Sky teammates[failed verification] and the advantage[clarification needed] of attempting something historic: If he had won gold, he would have become the first person to ever win Tour de France and the cycling road race in the same season.[3]


The men's course was 241.5 km (150.1 mi) long. Starting at Fort Copacabana,[4] the peloton headed west to pass through Ipanema, Barra, and Reserva Maripendi Beaches via the coastal road leading to the 24.8 km (15.4 mi) Pontal / Grumari circuit loop.[5] After four laps of the Grumari sector (99.2 km of 241.5 km), the course returned east via the same coastal road to enter the 25.7 km (16.0 mi) Vista Chinesa Circuit loop at Gávea for three laps (77.1 km (47.9 mi) of 241.5 km (150.1 mi)) before finishing back at Fort Copacabana.[6] As with all road races in the Olympic Games, the athletes are escorted by law enforcement to keep traffic and bystanders out of harm's way. For the 2016 Olympics, escort for the riders is done by the Brazilian Federal Highway Police (PRF).

2016 Olympic cycling road course mapsEdit

2016 Olympic Cycling
Men's Road Course: 241.5 km
2016 Olympic Cycling
Grumari Circuit: 24.8 km
2016 Olympic Cycling
Vista Chinesa Circuit: 25.7 km

Start listEdit

The following NOCs had qualified riders to compete in the road race event. The following riders were confirmed by their respective NOCs.


In the table below, "s.t." indicates that the rider crossed the finish line in the same group as the cyclist before him, and was therefore credited with the same finishing time.


  1. ^ NOCs qualified for Road Cycling men's events (PDF), UCI, 25 March 2015, p. 2
  2. ^ "Olympic Cycling: Rio 2016 men's road race preview". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Team GB believe Chris Froome can make history in cycling road race". Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Rio Olympic Games Facilities: Copacabana Region". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Rio Olympic Games Facilities: Barra Region". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Rio 2016 Road Cycling - Men's Race updated (PDF), UCI, 25 March 2015, p. 2
  7. ^ "Short news: Argentina confirms Rio line-up". 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Australian Simon Clarke called up for Olympic Road Race". 23 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Australian team ready for Olympic Road Race". 4 August 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Brasil define equipe do ciclismo de estrada para os Jogos do Rio 2016" (in Portuguese). 9 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Colombia Confirms Selection for Rio 2016". Archived from the original on 30 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Pantano replaces Nairo Quintana on Colombia's Rio Olympics roster". 25 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Josué González ranks the country for the Olympics". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Tsgabu Grmay wins Gold Medal". Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Rio 2016: Steve Cummings replaces Peter Kennaugh in GB road race team". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Team Ireland Grows For Rio 2016 with Cycling and Modern Pentathlon". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Kruijswijks performance pushes Gesink out of Rio Selection". Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  18. ^ Doup, Nick (30 June 2016). "Zwitserland neemt Cancellara mee voor olympische tijdrit" [Switzerland takes Cancellara for Olympic time trial]. Wieler Flits (in Dutch). Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  19. ^ Elton-Walters, Jack (6 August 2016). "Greg Van Avermaet wins Rio 2016 Olympic men's road race". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Men's Road Race - Standings". Rio2016. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.