Cancellara denies Froome time trial gold at Rio Olympics

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

Holland's Tom Dumoulin, who won two stages of the Tour, but also suffered a fractured wrist, quit the road race nearly as soon as it had started to save himself for the time-trial.

It was Cancellara who rolled back the years to win a second Olympic time trial gold on Wednesday after triumphing in Beijing eight years ago.

Cape Town - Chris Froome might come off a Tour de France win, but the British cyclist said he would have loved to try rugby sevens.

Chris Froome was satisfied after giving his all in pursuit of Olympic gold, only to fall short in Wednesday's road time-trial.

A broken handlebar forced Australia's Rohan Dennis to change his bike with just over 55km of the race remaining.

Castroviejo found himself four seconds shy of the bronze-medal position, with Dennis a further four back and reigning world champion Vasil Kiryienka back in 17th position.

The rider nicknamed "Spartacus" posted a lung-bursting time of 1hr 12min 15.42sec on the 35-mile course in damp conditions, and the rest of the field simply couldn't live with him.

Cancellara rolled through as fans pounded the barricades lining the road. "It was really important to me", Froome said, "and to be able to medal here after the summer I've had, it would just be incredible".

Froome was aiming to match 2012 victor Sir Bradley Wiggins by taking the Tour and Olympic gold in the same year but Cancellara, in his final season, had other ideas.

Thomas, a late entrant after several withdrawal following Saturday's brutal road race, led briefly in the clubhouse but finally wound up in ninth place with a time of 1:14.52.

Earlier in the day, Kristin Armstrong (USA) had won the women's time trial ahead of Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) and Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands).

"It means so much to me".

Dumoulin and Froome were considered the favorites heading into the race, and the Dutchman didn't look to be hamstrung by his ailing hand.

"Fabian was the clear victor today".

"I wasn't coming in thinking I was guaranteed a medal or anything".

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