Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 5, 2016

In Friday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Morton repeats Utah stage win a year later; Gonçalves impresses in Portugal sprint; Van Poppel doubles wins in Burgos; Why the Tour of California’s move to WorldTour could be bad for US cycling; ‘Dream signing’ Michael Matthews confirmed by Giant-Alpecin; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics; Dennis crashes on Rio course recon; Roche: A fourth Tour win for Froome will be complicated; Contador testing climbing legs in Burgos attack; AG2R La Mondiale signs Naesen and Vandenbergh for two seasons; Kluge signs with ORICA-BikeExchange; Davis Phinney’s ’84 Olympics bike and the golden dream that almost was; Study: Bicycle laws, infrastructure marginalizes poor; Drink developed for military boosts cycling performance; Five Crazy Moments in Olympic Cycling History; Wiggins set for final Olympic chapter – part two; Queensland state velodrome construction time-lapse

Preview: What you need to know about the men’s road race at the Rio Olympics

by Matt de Neef

Just hours after the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first cycling event of the Games will begin. The men’s road race features most of the world’s best riders and a very challenging course, setting the stage for a thrilling contest come Saturday.

Here is an excerpt from the preview:

The Rio road race isn’t going to come down to a big bunch sprint. Expect a serious race of attrition, with more and more riders dropping out of contention on every climb. It’s feasible that the peloton might still be a decent size when it hits the Vista Chinesa loop after 162km but it will quickly thin out as the road heads up in those closing circuits.

It’s the sort of race where the early breakaway could well survive until the end, if it has the right composition. Likewise, a late move on one of the final three climbs could stick. But perhaps the more likely outcome is that the early break will be caught before or in the final circuits, with the climbers then free to duke it out on the last three climbs. A small group of the favourites (think five or so) might then ride to the finish together to decide the medals in a sprint.

In predicting the outcome of Saturday’s race — an admittedly fraught exercise — it’s worth briefly considering the Rio road race test event held in August last year. While the race was roughly 70km shorter than this weekend’s race, and while the level of competition wasn’t nearly as high, it’s worth noting that the race was split by the French team in the final kilometres with Alexis Vuillermoz winning from a small breakaway group of six riders.

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