gb – GETTY IMAGES
Dutch women are looking to salvage Games after final competitor rolls off at 8.10 amchaos. Women get underway at 3.30 am; the last rider starts at 4.06 am. Italy hopes to win the first medal in the men’s Olympic . Ganna faces a stern test from , Küng, Dennis et al. Men start at 6 am, and the
Here come the big guns . . .
Alena Amialiusik (Belarus), Anna Plichta (Poland), Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa), Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy), Emma Norsgaard (Denmark), and Amber Neben (USA) are all out on the course as some of thein women’s cycling get their ‘race of truth’ underway. Neben, by the way, is 46. Norgaard, meanwhile, is wearing one of those odd-looking helmets that the Danish used at last year’s track world championships; EF Education-Nippo riders often use them too.
Alizada battling on
Masorah Alizada is just spotted tackling the climb, and she does not look too comfortable as she battles with gravity, but quite frankly, who cares. She has overcome bigger obstacles than this.
Canada’s Canuel off to a fast start
Christine Majerus (Luxembourg), who has over 20 national road and time trial titles, has started her race, as has Mavi García (Spain), Leah Kirchmann (Canada), Lisa Klein (Germany), Juliette Labor (France), and Alena Amialiusik (Belarus). Anna Shackley was the fastest rider at the first time, split on the first climb of the day, but Karol-Ann Canuel soon overhauled the Briton.
Spots of rain out on the course
Eri Yonamine, the six-time Japanese time trial champion; Sarah Gigante, a two-time Australian national time trial champion; Omer Shapira (Israel), a multiple national champion; and Katrine Aalerud (Norway) have all rolled down the starting ramp. A few drops of rain on the course may play a key role in how this race plays out if those spits and spots turn into something heavier.
As we saw at theover the weekend, fans can watch the action from the stands lining the Fuji International Speedway circuit.
Shackley out on the road
Masorah Alizada is riding on the drops of her road bike instead of the specialist time trial machines that the rest of the 24-rider field will use. Julie Van de Velde (Belgium) and Team GB rider Anna Shackley are now on the course. Shackley, incidentally, rides for trade team SD Worx and, aged 20, made her.
Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada) has also got her race started.
And we’re off!
Masorah Alizada, the 25-year-old born in Afghanistan but fled to France after being threatened by the Taliban for having the audacity to ride a bicycle, has got her race underway. Nobody expects the rider competing for the IOC Refugeeto tear up any trees here. Still, she is doing something much more important than that today, as she explained when her participation in the was confirmed.
“For my country, I think that I am the only girl who is going to participate in the Olympic Games in cycling,” she said. “I want to show all the men who thought that cycling wasn’t a woman’s thing that I have made it to the Olympics. And if I can, any woman who wants to be involved in cycling can do it from any country, like Afghanistan. It’s quite simply a passion; it’s our choice to wear any clothing we feel comfortable in.”
What an inspirationalMasomah Alizada is for us all.
Hello, and welcome to our live rolling blog from the individual time trial races at the, the men’s and women’s events on Japan’s Fuji International Speedway circuit.
The first race of the day, the 22.1-kilometer women’s time trial, gets underway at 3.30 am (BST) when Masomah Alizada, the Afghanistan-born rider representing Azerbaijan, rolls down the starting ramp. The remaining 24 athletes will follow at 1min 30sec intervals, with world champion Annastarting at 4.06 am.
Following a short break when, presumably, the women’s medal ceremony will take place, the 44.2km men’s race starts at 6 am when Ahmad Badreddin Wais of Syria kicks off proceedings, before 38, again at 1min 30sec intervals, with Filippo Ganna, the time trial specialist who won the world title on home turf in Imola, Italy, last year, being the final competitor rolls down the ramp.
Both races will be contested on the same course; the difference is that the men’strial is twice as long as the women’s event. The competitors will know the route already, either from pre-race reconnoiter rides or Olympic road races featuring the Fuji International Speedway circuit. The medals will be won later today.
Following their disappointment in the women’s road race, Annemiek van Vleuten and Van der Breggen hope to restore a little bit of national pride following a few days for the Dutch. Lumpy with around 420 meters of vertical elevation per circuit, but not mountainous. Twisty but not too technical, the course appears ideal for a powerhouse but one that is not afraid to climb.
After underestimating Anna Kiesenhofer in the women’s, Mathieu van der Poel missed out in the mountain bike cross country when he crashed heavily on a rock drop section of the race that Team GB rider Tom Pidcock eventually won. Subsequently, a Dutch into an official during a training session on the course while somewhat alarmingly was reportedly pulled from her time trial bike by a security worker during her and her team’s reconnoiter ride on Tuesday. It has not been the best of the Dutch, who have won just one medal from four events.
Despite being considered favorites by many,Breggen and Van, Vleuten can expect a stern test from a strong-looking field of riders, including the 2019 world-time trial champion Chloe Dygert. The American crashed during last year’s world championships in Imola and has raced just twice since when she won last month’s US race, so some have questioned her form. However, after being dropped and appearing out of contention in the , the 24-year-old clawed back, suggesting she may have the legs to take home gold.
Meanwhile, the men’s race will be fiercely contested, with Ganna hoping to addto the rainbow jersey he won on the Imola circuit in September last year. In a field that includes, among others, (Belgium), Stefan Küng (Switzerland), Rémi Cavagna (France), Rohan Dennis (Australia), Primoz Roglic (Slovenia), Kasper As green (Denmark), and Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) it is no given that Ganna will become the first Italian to win the title or, indeed, their first medal of any color in the men’s event. gets underway at 3.30 am (BST).