Greg van Avermaet of Belgium won the gold medal in Men’s Individual Road Race after six grueling hours of competition.
Greg Van Avermaet won the gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Men’s Individual Road Race Event finishing the 148-mile long track with a time of 6h 10′ 05″.
This was Belgium’s first gold medalist in the event since 1952.
Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark finished close behind to win the silver while Rafał Majka of Poland won the bronze medal finishing 5 seconds behind.
In photo below, you can see Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark, Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and Rafal Majka of Poland pose with their medals.
The 148-mile course was designed for small, powerful mountain specialists, who could also negotiate sections of cobbled roads, nasty technical descents, a thick layer of heat, and a peloton full of inexperienced riders. Making matters more complicated, they would have to do it without the support of their regular professional teams.
The turning point came when pre-race favorite Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Sergio Henao of Colombia both crashed on the third and final descent off the Vista Chinesa climb.
Before the Olympic cycling road race on Saturday, Greg van Avermaet of Belgium rated his chances of winning at 5%.
This is what he said after winning the gold medal, “I still would give myself a 5% chance,” he said. “On a [course] like this, I had to be really lucky… I’m not going to say I was the strongest guy from the race.”