Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 10, 2016

In Wednesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fournier wins photo finish in Route de France, stage 3; Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten; Australian women’s team pursuit squad crashes in training; UCI defends Olympics road race course; Sondre Holst Enger to AG2R La Mondiale; Timmer, Stamsnijder extend with Giant-Alpecin; Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics; Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States; Study: Pro cyclists better at resisting mental fatigue; Police: Cyclist at fault in deadly collision; Dan Craven ‘live-tweets’ during Olympic road race; Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again; Actress Leslie Jones on the women’s road race finish

Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics

by Matt de Neef

With the road races now complete at the Rio Olympics it’s time to turn our attention to the individual time trials. Held this Wednesday, the men’s time trial features a challenging (and by now familiar) course that will suit only the most well-rounded riders on the startlist. Here’s what you should know before tuning in.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

The course uses the ‘Grumari Circuit’ as featured in the road race

The time trial does traverse the same cobblestone road that the road race used but eagle-eyed road race viewers would have noticed a strip of smooth tarmac beside the cobbles. This smooth section of road will be used for the time trials rather than the cobblestones.

Only the most complete riders will have a shot at victory

Not only is Wednesday’s time trial longer than most comparable events — the longest Grand Tour time trial this year was the 40.5km stage 9 Giro ITT — it’s also considerably hillier and more technical. To succeed on this course, riders will need to have a mix of pure time-trialling strength, climbing ability and descending skill.

While perhaps not quite as technical as the descent on the Vista Chinesa circuit, the descents in the time trial will still pose a considerable challenge. Riders will need to find a balance between descending as quickly as possible, and descending within the limits of what their time-trial bikes will be capable of, given their reduced maneuverability (when compared to road bikes).

The length of the course and the amount of flat-road riding mean that full time-trial setups are the most likely option but don’t be surprised to see some slight variations from rider to rider.

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