Olympic Bike Racing goodness!

Third Olympic bike race today, and while the first two races were the men’s and women’s d race, we had the men’s Mountain biking event this morning.

Surprise winners in all the races, with Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz taking the gold relatively easily, with Tour De France winner and runner up finishing behind him. I expected Tadej Pogacar to take this as well, but the Ecuadorian was well ahead. As for van Aert, he was not helped too much by his team mates.

Richard Carapaz, Wout van Aert y Tadej Pogacar en el podio de Tokio 2020

The women’s road race was a surprise. Totally devoid of any emotion or excitement. Except for the end because Anna Kiesenhofer of Austria pulled off one of the biggest ever shocks in women’s elite road racing to win the Olympic title in Tokyo yesterday.

The Austrian attacked from the gun as part of a five-rider break that managed to build a lead of 11 minutes before she dropped her companions on the Kagosaka Pass with 41km to go and held off the entire bunch to take gold.

The race also saw the Dutch team mess up their tactics, with silver medalist Annemiek van Vleuten crossing the line in second place but celebrating as if she had won the race. The Dutch leader later confirmed that she thought that the break had been caught well before the finish and that her attack with 2.1km was enough to take the title.

In the end, she was forced to settle for silver, with Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) taking third after a late chase.

and this morning the mountain bike race was an incredibly tough but entertaining race. Twenty one year old Tom Pidcock from Leeds took the gold as he literally tore his opponents to shreds.

The youngster went into the lead on the second lap, and held it easily until the end.

The 21-year-old gold medallist – who celebrates his birthday in four days on the 30 July – kept his nerve to win the gruelling 28.25km race ahead of Swiss rider Mathias Flückiger and Spain’s David Velero. Pidcock will now have even more reason to celebrate after he took the Olympic title in Izu, located to the west of Tokyo.

Thomas Pidcock takes gold for Great Britain in men's cycling mountain bike

Tomorrow we will have the women’s MTB road race… Looking forward to that!

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