Hello and welcome to live coverage of the women’s road race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!
Here’s the profile for today’s stage, a 137km route from Musashinonomori Park to Fuji International Speedway that sees the riders take on over 2500m of climbing
The race is well underway, the 67 riders have 118km to go
There’s five riders in a break away out front, which includes:
Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria), Carla Oberholzer (South Africa), Vera Looser (Namibia), Omer Shapira (Israel) and Anna Plitcha (Poland).
They currently have a gap of a little over four minutes heading towards the first climb, with two riders chasing behind them to try and make it into the break.
Selam Amha (Ethiopia) and Mosana Debesay (Eritrea) and the two riders chasing on behind
There’s under 20km to go until the major climb up the Donushi Pass. We’ll likely see a high pace there to thin out the bunch, although with such small teams it will be difficult for and squad to take full control
The gap to the break has jumped up to around seven minutes to the peloton, with the two chasers around a minute ahead of the bunch with 108km to go.
Full list of starters today:
Tokyo 2020 Olympics road race women’s start list
There’s a two rider counter attack from the peloton ahead of the climb, including Catalinia Soto Campos (Chile) and Agua Marina Espinola (Paraguary) who go straight past the two chasers in between the groups
Heading into the final 100km and we’re approaching the climbing proper.
It’s a hot day out there – around 33 degrees at the start – and the bunch has spent a lot of the opening 40 kilometres going back to the cars for bottles before the racing really kicks off
The five-woman breakaway has a massive advantage of over 10 minutes now, with the peloton riding easy at the moment
Demi Vollering (Netherlands) comes to the front of the peloton and the pace has accelerated
The road is beginning to rise with 96.8km to go – there’s around 40km of climbing now with some intermittent descents
Vera Looser (Namibia) has been dropped from the break, so it’s now just four riders out front
Annemiek van Vleuten has just done a big turn on the front of the peloton before handing over to the Italian team. The gap is still over 10 minutes though
With 86km to go the road is really taking it’s toll on the size of the break, with just three riders – Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria), Omer Shapira (Israel) and Anna Plitcha (Poland) – left out front. They still have over 10 minutes with Germany on the front of the bunch.
No one has taken up the chase to the breakaway in earnest here, and the gap is now up at over 10.30 to the three leaders heading into 82km remaining
It’s still Germany and the Netherlands doing the bulk of the work but there’s no real impetus in the bunch. Annemiek van Vleuten is back on the front but the gap remains steady at around 10 minutes
GB’s Anna Shackley has spent the entire race just in front of Lizzie Deignan as she looks to keep her protected. As a two-woman team though, there’s little Shackley can do in terms of trying to bring this three-woman break back by herself
The defending champion Anna van der Breggen has come to the front – will we see an attack in the next few kilometres? There around 73km to go and 16km left of this long drag of a climb
After a turn on the front, Van der Breggen has now drifted back and is at the team car, leaving three German riders on the front. Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria), Omer Shapira (Israel) and Anna Plitcha (Poland) still have over 9 minutes with 70km to go
Crash at the back of the peloton – Annemiek van Vleuten has gone down along with Emma Norsgaard of Denmark.
It looks like Norsgaard came down on her own in the middle of the bunch but Van Vleuten wasn’t able to avoid her as the bunch passed
The area Norsgaard crash looks exactly where Tao Geoghegan Hart and Geraint Thomas crashed in the men’s race. There’s a metal lip in the middle of the road and it looks like the Danish rider caught that as Geoghegan Hart did.
Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzbekistan) accelerates, while Van Vleuten is still chasing on behind alone
We have our first attack out of the peloton. Demi Vollering has attacked with 61.3km to go
The Dutch rider has a modest gap but is being chased down by riders from the USA.
Meanwhile there’s still over nine minutes up to the breakaway
After Vollering was pulled back, Ruth Winder is now on the attack. Van Vleuten is chasing having just made it back to the peloton.
Winder is back in the bunch and all those attacks have cut the gap to 8-40
Marianne Vos attacks and takes the likes of Lizzie Deignan, Kasia Niewiadoma and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio with here, but the bunch aren’t letting them go
There’s lots of riders being dropped from the peloton now with the Dutch still hammering the pace. Demi Vollering is dong the work on the front with 57km to go
Deignan’s team-mate Anna Shackley has been dropped
Ruth Winder goes on the attack again
No one is able to stay out front of the peloton at the moment, but there’s a host of riders out the back now
Van Vleuten puts in a big attack
That was a huge move from Van Vleuten who now has some daylight between her and the peloton as the road continues uphill
There’s no urgency in the peloton right now, it’s Zabelinskaya who’s pulling on the front right now
Chloe Dygert (USA) gets dropped.
The breakaway now only has 6-30 on the peloton, with Van Vleuten 30 seconds or so in front
Mavi Garcia tries to break clear of the peloton but the Dutch have marked the move with 49.2km to go
Lizzie Deignan goes on the chase, but again the peloton are marking that move
We’re on our way to the only other named climb of the day, the Kagosaka Pass, which is only a short climb of around 2km
The chase behind Van Vleuten is not cohesive at all, which will play into the Dutch rider’s hands
Van Vleuten has almost a minute now. There’ll need to be some working together from the peloton to stop her riding all the way to victory here
A reminder we still have three leaders on the road. They have 5-15 on Van Vleuten and 6-25 on the peloton
Anna Kiesenhofer has attacked her two breakaway companions with 41km to go and has decided to try and go solo
Van Vleuten is holding off the peloton at about 45 seconds as Germany lead the chase. Kiesenhofer is 5-11 ahead of Van Vleuten with 38km to go.
The riders are on the long descent from the final climv down towards the Fuji International Speedway. Van Vleuten has around 50 seconds on the bunch but Kiesenhofer is doing a good job of maintaining her five minute advantage
There’s a four-woman escape from the peloton, including Zabelinskaa, Niewiadoma and Christine Majerus
That group has been pegged back by the peloton though. Van Vleuten is losing a bit of time now, she’s only just in front of the bunch
Meanwhile, Anna Kiesenhofer is putting in a phenomenal ride – the Austrian still has five minutes in hand as she rides on alone
Van Vleuten is brought back Niewiadoma tries to attack
24.8km to go and there’s tentative attacks from the peloton as our lone leader continues on
Chloe Dygert has returned to the bunch having been dropped and is now pushing the pace
Kiesenhofer enters the Fuji International Speedway for the first time
Anna van der Breggen and Demi Vollering have missed a split in he bunch here, so the Dutch now only have Marianne Vos and Annemiek Van Vleuten in the peloton with 22.6km to go
Chloe Dygert and Coryn Rivera are doing the bulk of the work to try and shut the gap to Kiesenhofer
We’ve just had our first glimpse of Omer Shapira (Israel) and Anna Plitcha (Poland) for a while, but no time check back to the peloton. Those two are still working away behind Kiesenhofer
It’s two minutes back to Omer Shapira and Anna Plitcha, so they have a further 2-25 to the peloton with 17.9km to go.
Kiesenhofer crosses the finish line for the first time – she’s got 17.8km to hold on for. remarkable solo win.
Juliette Labous (France) has attacked off the front of the peloton and has a decent gap
Race situation with 16km to go:
Group 1 – Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria)
Group 2, at 2-15 – Omer Shapira (Israel) and Anna Plitcha (Poland)
Group 3, at 4-01 – Juliette Labous
Group 4, at 4-20 – Peloton
Van der Breggen has attacked but yet again is followed by the rest of the bunch
Demi Vollering is pulling hard on the peloton now but with 12.7km to go things aren’t looking great for the peloton
With 10.9km to go it currently looks like all the medals could be taken by riders from the breakaway – Omer Shapira and Anna Plitcha are still two minutes or so in front of the bunch
The Dutch are trying to take some control of the bunch but it’s too little too late by the looks of it. Kiesenhofer is still over three minutes ahead with 9.3km to, and she is gritting her teeth to get this done
The chasing two behind may have more trouble holding off the bunch – they are just over a minute behind now
Of course there’s no race radios here, so Kiesenhofer is just giving it her all with no time gaps back to the bunch
The Dutch are really giving this one last go as they amass completely on the front. They will be seriously regretting letting the original break get 10 minutes on them
There’s just 5.6km to go though, and Kiesenhofer has 2-49 still, while the chasing pair have only 40 seconds on the bunch
The Dutch effort may see them get a medal – it’s heart break for Omer Shapira and Anna Plitcha as they’re caught with 4.5km to go
Anna Kiesenhofer has this now with 3.4km to go – she’ll take a remarkable gold medal
Kasia Niewiadoma attacks from the peloton but is struggling to stay clear
Van Vleuten tries to attack again but can’t get away
The Dutch are peppering the peloton with attacks. Van der Breggen tried and as she was pulled back Van Vleuten has gone. She has a decent gap on the peloton
Kiesenhofer enters the final kilometre with two minutes’ advantage still
Van Vleuten is still off the front of the bunch with riders trying to jump across
Anna Kiesenhofer wins the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women’s road race
Kiesenhofer is in disbelief at the finish as she tries to realise what she’s done
Van Vleuten manages to hold on and take second place, she seems happy with that. Elisa Long Borghini (Italy) completes the podium.
Here’s the top-10:
1. Anna Kiesenhofer (Aut), in 3-52-45
2. Annameik van Vleuten (Ned), at 1-15
3. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita), at 1-29
4. Lotte Kopecky (Bel), at 1-39
5. Marianne Vos (Ned), at 1-46
6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger)
7. Coryn Rivera (USA)
8. Marta Cavalli (Ita)
9. Olga Zabelinskaya (Uzb)
10. Cecille Uttrup Ludwig (Den), all at same time
Full report from today’s Olympic race:
Anna Kiesenhofer takes shock solo victory in Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s road race
Some reaction: Turns out Annemiek van Vleuten’s celebration across the line to take silver was because she thought she’d won gold.
Dutch riders thought they were racing for gold in Tokyo Olympics women’s road race
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