Riders from 63 countries will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s road race on Saturday (August 6), with Tour de France champion Chris Froome spearheading Great Britain’s bid for a first gold medal in the event.
Froome is one of four Grand Tour champions on the start list for the race, which is set to favour the climbers thanks to a route with two testing, undulating circuits.
Giro d’Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali and Astana team-mate and Italian compatriot Fabio Aru, the reigning Vuelta a Espana champion, are also due on the start line, alongside Spain’s former Vuelta winner Alejandro Valverde.
The all-star cast for the race also includes former world champions Philippe Gilbert (Belgium), Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Rui Costa (Portugal), and Monument winners like Nibali, Wout Poels (Netherlands) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain) in what is sure to be an open, exciting race.
So who should we be expecting to star in Rio, and who will be returning with a gold medal? Let’s take a closer look at the route and the favourites for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games men’s cycling road race.