Tokyo 2020 road cycling day 1: Slovenian riders take on Belgian team in the battle for gold in the men’s event

LA MURE, FRANCE - JULY 19:  Primoz Roglic of Slovenia riding for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo celebrates as he wins during stage 17 of the 2017 Le Tour de France, a 183km stage from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier on July 19, 2017 in La Mure, France.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
LA MURE, FRANCE - JULY 19: Primoz Roglic of Slovenia riding for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo celebrates as he wins during stage 17 of the 2017 Le Tour de France, a 183km stage from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier on July 19, 2017 in La Mure, France. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The men’s road cycling event will see 130 riders race over the 234-kilometre route for the three available podium places. Here’s everything you need to know about the first day of the Olympic road cycling at Tokyo 2020 on 24 July 2021.

What’s happening today?

Today is the first day of the road cycling action at Tokyo 2020. The world’s best male riders will set off on the 234km route, where they will have to navigate their way around the mountainous course, including climbs on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji. The road race will start from the Musashinonomori Park in the Tokyo Metropolitan and will culminate in a sprint at the Fuji International Speedway.

For the first time at the Games, the men’s and women’s road cycling races will start and finish at different points.

Who should I expect to see?

Slovenia duo Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic are considered the hot favourites thanks to their dominant form over the last two years. Pogacar should be the resounding favourite after claiming back-to-back Tour de France titles heading into Tokyo 2020.

The duo will have to fend off an onslaught from a star-studded Belgian team that includes reigning Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet, rising star Remco Evenepoel and Wout van Aert.

What happened in Rio 2016?

Men's road cycling:

1- GREG VAN AVERMAET

2- JAKOB FUGLSANG

3- RAFAL MAJKA

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Competition schedule

Date and Time: Sat 24 July 11:00 - 18:15

*Venues: *Fuji International Speedway

*Start from Musashinonomori Park.