Olympic road cycling is a mixed study
Tokyo – The men’s and women’s Olympic road races, which will kick off their cycling program at the Tokyo Olympics this weekend, are similar only to the forest start at Musashinonomori Park and the finish line at Fuji Speedway.
After running the same way on the outskirts of Tokyo, their runs are different, with the men tackling Mt. The iconic rise of Fuji twice and the women completely avoiding it. There are also some punchy climbs on the Mikuni Pass that the men avoid, and the women will end up going 145-85 miles while doubling the amount of climb.
However, the biggest differences between men’s and women’s races are as follows: more than 12 boys stand a chance of winning a gold medal on an extensive trek through the Tokyo countryside on Saturday. In contrast, the Sunday women’s race is equivalent to a four-man showdown. Dutch women’s team and everyone.
“Everyone in the world is trying to find a way to beat a Dutchwoman,” admitted Jim Miller, high performance director of US cycling with Ruthwinder, Korin Rivera, Amber Neben and Kreudaigart on Saturday. It was.
“It’s the Dutch race to win or lose, and all the other countries are going to fight for how they control the race. I think we have a good team for that, ”added Miller. “We have good tactics to at least crack Dutch women.”
So who is part of this so-called Dutch dream team?
It all started with Olympic gold medalist Ana van der Bregen, born from a landslide victory at the Giro d’Italia Donne. Marianne Vos, who won the gold medal in the 2012 match in London, joins the world champion. The route by the Tour de France and the winner Liège-Bastogne-Liège Demi Forering. Annemiek van Vleuten, who was leading the Rio Olympics road race before the downhill crash, suffered a concussion and three spinal fractures.
Four riders from the Netherlands came together to win nine world championships, three Olympic medals and almost all renowned races for professional women (Amstel Gold, Fresh Wallonne, etc.).
“We have very strong cyclists at our disposal, from which we can choose from three full Olympic teams. It’s a really luxurious position, ”said Loes Gunnewijk, coach of the Dutch national team. “We’re one of our favorites, but we’re used to it. And riders can do it very well there too. It is still a sport and there is no prior guarantee. All the pieces of the puzzle that day. We have to put everything in place, but we allow ourselves one goal: gold and the title for the third year in a row. “
But before the women join the course, the men compete for one of the first medals of the last Tokyo Games.
Tadej Pogacar is on the starting line on Saturday, just six days after his second consecutive Tour de France victory. He races in a four-person Slovenian team with his rival Primož Roglič.
The Olympic course is generally suitable for day specialists rather than grand tour runners, but the combination of heavy climbing and a quick break-in to the finish allows Pogacar and Roglič to fully consider the ‘arrival in Fuji. Means. The same goes for Ecuador Richard Carapaz, third on the circuit, and Guillaume Martin, the top 10 in France.
However, they are only a handful or a handful of runners who have the opportunity to win the Olympic gold medal.
Defending champion Greg van Aertett is back in Belgium, but he may ride to support prominent youngsters Remkoy Venepol and Wout van Aert, who won three stages of the tour. There is. Colombian climbing specialists with the headliner Nairo Quintana and Sergio Higuita have a chance to shine. Great Britain brings the experience of Geraint Thomas and his brothers Simon and Adam Yates. Richie Porte in Australia, Jacob Fugursan in Denmark and Alexey Lutsenko in Kazakhstan.
Then there are Dutch men to prove that they are as strong as their female counterparts. Bauke Mollema won the tour stage and Wilco Kelderman took an incredible 5th place overall.
“Some people have been on tour in preparation for the tournament. Maybe they still have the upper hand, ”said Ivenepol. “But someone like Tadej recovers quickly from such a difficult race. He also knows how to do that, so I don’t know why he doesn’t become a co-top favorite. Looking at how Woot has flown over the past few weeks you can tell he’s in the shape of his life.
“He always worked to achieve his goals and said his tour was to prepare for the tournament,” added Evnepeol. “He did it well. He looks crisp and fresh. This Wout should not be afraid of this course.
Former tour winner Bradley Wiggins is also among those present in the splendid Belgian camp.
“Wout is the best rider in the world right now,” he said in a Eurosport podcast. “The guy is amazing. I have a lot of respect for him. He is now a favorite in road racing. He must do. And I want to see him win.
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