Want to know who is racing Saturday in the men's road race, one of the first events in the London 2012 Olympics? It reads like an all-star list of pro cyclists, including some of the top names you heard each day in July if you were tuned in to the Tour de France.
Here are the top contenders to take the race, in my estimation:
- Andre Greipel (Germany);
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway);
- Peter Sagan (Slovakia), who was arguably the biggest star of the Tour;
- dark horse Sylvain Chavanel (France)
- and the odds-on winner, Mark Cavendish (UK) who is racing with a home field advantage.
My money's on Cavendish. With an off year at the Tour de France, Cavendish has said (even before the Tour) that his priority and emphasis was on the Gold medal in 2012. He's got the motivation and racing at home makes it that much more of a prize for him. If his teammates can help him be in the right position, the course certainly favors him. When it comes together, there is nobody who can catch the Manx Missile when he takes off.
- Course description - men's and women's road cycling race
- Guide to Olympic Cycling Events
- Olympic Cycling Schedule by Date
- Olympic Schedule by Discipline (road, mountain, track, BMX)