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Richie Porte Crashes Out Of Olympic Road Race, Greg Van Avermaet Wins Gold

UPDATED: Richie Porte, Australia’s best hope for a podium position at the Olympic Road Race in Rio, crashed out of the brutal event and has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.

One of many riders not to make the finish of the tough course in Rio last night, Richie crashed on a fast descent with 35km to go.

Belgian rider Greg Van Avermaet won the thrilling sprint finish with Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark and Rafal Majka (Poland) securing silver and bronze.

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Celebrating his gold-medal performance amidst the best cycling talent on the planet, Van Avermaet said it was a parcours that had him “on the top of my limit”.
“I was having a good day already but everything still has to come together. You have to have that little bit of luck,” he said.
“You go too fast sometimes you cannot take the corners and a lot of guys wanted to go for it. Some guys took risks and we had a few crashes. I was happy to stay safe. If you’re on the ground the race is over.”

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Van Avermaet was spot on, with many riders crashing hard in various sections of the challenging course. For fans it was edge-of-seat viewing as riders tried to make up time on the harrowing Vista Chinesa descent and maintain speed across a nasty cobbled sector – pave that claimed several scalps and led to numerous mechanicals.

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Pre-race favourite Chris Froome and teammate Adam Yates reached the break on the penultimate lap. As the drama continued Yates was dropped on the final climb and Geraint Thomas crashed on the next descent. Able to get back onto his bike, Thomas managed to finish in 11th position, just ahead of Froome in 12th, but 2 minutes and 29 seconds behind victorious Van Avermaet.

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Simon Clarke was best-placed Australian rider, finishing 25th of the 63 riders able to complete a course – a curcuit described before the event as the toughest in Olympic history.

Aussie riders Rohan Dennis and Scott Bowden did not finish the race, both now focused on other Olympic commitments – the Men’s Time Trial for Dennis, and Mountain Biking events for Bowden.

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Full Results

1
Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
6:10:05
 
2
Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)
 
 
3
Rafal Majka (Poland)
0:00:05
 
4
Julian Alaphilippe (France)
0:00:22
 
5
Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)
 
 
6
Fabio Aru (Italy)
 
 
7
Louis Meintjes (South Africa)
 
 
8
Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan)
0:00:25
 
9
Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
0:01:47
 
10
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Portugal)
0:02:29
 
11
Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
 
 
12
Christopher Froome (Great Britain)
0:02:58
 
13
Daniel Martin (Ireland)
 
 
14
Emanuel Buchmann (Germany)
 
 
15
Adam Yates (Great Britain)
0:03:03
 
16
Brent Bookwalter (United States Of America)
0:03:31
 
17
Bauke Mollema (Netherlands)
 
 
18
Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)
 
 
19
Sébastien Reichenbach (Switzerland)
 
 
20
Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
 
 
21
Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Colombia)
0:03:34
 
22
Serge Pauwels (Belgium)
0:06:12
 
23
Alexis Vuillermoz (France)
 
 
24
Romain Bardet (France)
 
 
25
Simon Clarke (Australia)
 
 
26
Primož Roglic (Slovenia)
0:09:38
 
27
Yukiya Arashiro (Japan)
 
 
28
Daryl Impey (South Africa)
 
 
29
Nicolas Roche (Ireland)
 
 
30
Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)
 
 
31
Sergei Chernetski (Russian Federation)
 
 
32
Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)
 
 
33
George Bennett (New Zealand)
0:11:49
 
34
Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
 
 
35
Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)
0:12:18
 
36
Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Portugal)
 
 
37
Eduardo Sepulveda (Argentina)
 
 
38
Pavel Kochetkov (Russian Federation)
 
 
39
Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands)
 
 
40
Damiano Caruso (Italy)
 
 
41
Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)
0:13:18
 
42
Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
 
 
43
Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea)
0:19:20
 
44
Georg Preidler (Austria)
0:19:37
 
45
Patrik Tybor (Slovakia)
0:20:00
 
46
Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia)
 
 
47
Anasse Ait El Abdia (Morocco)
 
 
48
Lars Petter Nordhaug (Norway)
 
 
49
Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
 
 
50
Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)
 
 
51
Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)
 
 
52
Jan Polanc (Slovenia)
 
 
53
José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Portugal)
 
 
54
Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Costa Rica)
 
 
55
Michael Woods (Canada)
 
 
56
Michal Golas (Poland)
 
 
57
Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
 
 
58
Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic)
 
 
59
Toms Skujins (Latvia)
 
 
60
Chris Anker Sörensen (Denmark)
 
 
61
Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kazakhstan)
 
 
62
Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)
 
 
63
Alessandro De Marchi (Italy)
0:20:05
 
OTL
Murilo Antonio Fischer (Brazil)
0:31:47
 
OTL
Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)
 
 
DNF
Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)
 
 
DNF
Imanol Erviti (Spain)
 
 
DNF
Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spain)
 
 
DNF
Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Colombia)
 
 
DNF
Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Colombia)
 
 
DNF
Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Colombia)
 
 
DNF
Rigoberto Uran Uran (Colombia)
 
 
DNF
Warren Barguil (France)
 
 
DNF
Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
 
 
DNF
Ian Stannard (Great Britain)
 
 
DNF
Rohan Dennis (Australia)
 
 
DNF
Scott Bowden (Australia)
 
 
DNF
Richie Porte (Australia)
 
 
DNF
Laurens De Plus (Belgium)
 
 
DNF
Tim Wellens (Belgium)
 
 
DNF
Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
 
 
DNF
Wout Poels (Netherlands)
 
 
DNF
Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
 
 
DNF
Diego Rosa (Italy)
 
 
DNF
Michael Albasini (Switzerland)
 
 
DNF
Steve Morabito (Switzerland)
 
 
DNF
Simon Geschke (Germany)
 
 
DNF
Maximilian Levy (Germany)
 
 
DNF
Tony Martin (Germany)
 
 
DNF
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
 
 
DNF
Sven Erik Bystrøm (Norway)
 
 
DNF
Maciej Bodnar (Poland)
 
 
DNF
Jan Barta (Czech Republic)
 
 
DNF
Leopold Konig (Czech Republic)
 
 
DNF
Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic)
 
 
DNF
Denys Kostyuk (Ukraine)
 
 
DNF
Andriy Khripta (Ukraine)
 
 
DNF
Matej Mohoric (Slovenia)
 
 
DNF
Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Islamic Republic of Iran)
 
 
DNF
Arvin Moazami Godarzi (Islamic Republic of Iran)
 
 
DNF
Mirsamad Pourseyedigolakhour (Islamic Republic of Iran)
 
 
DNF
Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Portugal)
 
 
DNF
Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria)
 
 
DNF
Youcef Reguigui (Algeria)
 
 
DNF
Stefan Denifl (Austria)
 
 
DNF
Soufiane Haddi (Morocco)
 
 
DNF
Mouhssine Lahsaini (Morocco)
 
 
DNF
Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)
 
 
DNF
Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
 
 
DNF
Zac Williams (New Zealand)
 
 
DNF
Antoine Duchesne (Canada)
 
 
DNF
Hugo Houle (Canada)
 
 
DNF
Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
 
 
DNF
Kohei Uchima (Japan)
 
 
DNF
Okcheol Kim (Korea)
 
 
DNF
Joonyong Seo (Korea)
 
 
DNF
Jonathan Monsalve (Venezuela)
 
 
DNF
Miguel Ubeto Aponte (Venezuela)
 
 
DNF
Matija Kvasina (Croatia)
 
 
DNF
Daniel Diaz (Argentina)
 
 
DNF
Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Argentina)
 
 
DNF
King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China)
 
 
DNF
Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile)
 
 
DNF
Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwanda)
 
 
DNF
Maxim Averin (Azerbaijan)
 
 
DNF
Serghei Tvetcov (Romania)
 
 
DNF
Luis Enrique Davila (Mexico)
 
 
DNF
Onur Balkan (Turkey)
 
 
DNF
Ahmet Orken (Turkey)
 
 
DNF
Kleber Da Silva Ramos (Brazil)
 
 
DNF
Ali Nouisri (Tunisia)
 
 
DNF
Stefan Hristov (Bulgaria)
 
 
DNF
Manuel Rodas Ochoa (Guatemala)
 
 
DNF
Bayron Guama De La Cruz (Ecuador)
 
 
DNF
Ivan Stevic (Serbia)
 
 
DNF
Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Ethiopia)
 
 
DNF
Diego Milan Jimenez (Dominican Republic)
 
 
DNF
Dan Craven (Namibia)
 
 
DNF
Oscar Soliz (Bolivia)
 
 
DNF
Qendrim Guri KOS
 
 
DNF
Brian Babilonia (Puerto Rico)
 
 
DNF
Yousef Mirza Banihammad (United Arab Emirates)
 
 
DNF
Ariya Phounsavath (Lao People’s Democratic Republic)
 
 
DNF
Alexey Kurbatov (Russian Federation)

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