Swiss cyclist Cancellara strikes gold in time trial

Ross Houston
August 13, 2016

Belgian star Tom Dumoulin, who along with Froome won a time trial stage at this year's Tour de France took silver.

Great Britain's Chris Froome took bronze in the Olympic men's individual time trial, which was won by Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara. Froome was also behind Tom Dumoulin of Holland who took silver, 47 seconds down on the victor.

Froome had been fancied for victory on a hilly 54.5km circuit that looked made for the Briton, but Cancellara, the man they call Spartacus, was in a league of his own as he nailed the last time trial of his 16-year career.

"I didn't feel good but I gave it everything but it wasn't to be". After the 2012 disappointment and many other ups and downs, now in my last season, my last chance, I knew it would be challenging with Froome and all others.

Although Thomas did crash out of the race as well, he is fit enough to ride, which he will do so alongside three time Tour de France victor, Chris Froome.

Thomas, victor of team pursuit gold on the track at Beijing in 2008 and in London four years ago, said: "I'm really thrilled to get a last minute call up to represent Team GB in the time trial race tomorrow".

He added: "I'm happy".

"For me, what is important is to enjoy this gold medal", Cancellara said, "today, tomorrow, when I go home to my family, because this is what is important to me".

"It was a late call-up but there's not much I would have done differently". The big workhorse hardly lost a second while churning up the Grumari and Grota Funda climbs, then tucked back into his time-trial position and lit off for the finish line. Kristin Armstrong who was riding the day before she turned 43, had already won gold in 2008 and 2012 Olympic games after coming out of retirement in this period.

"I really appreciate the excitement of a road race".

Zabalinskaya was banned for a doping offence in 2014 but protested her innocence on Wednesday, stating "I am clean" and that she could not have taking in forbidden substances because she was breast-feeding her third child at the time.

Speaking after his bronze medal win, Steven Scott said: "Both of us put a tremendous amount of effort and hard work in just to get here, let alone to make a final and shoot for a medal".

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