The men's Olympic Road Race was a race filled with drama and glory this afternoon in Rio, and in the end it was Greg Van Avermaet who claimed the gold medal.

The race was long and hot, with many riders needing constant fluids throughout the afternoon. One of the first breakaways that formed included former World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski. The Polish rider held on for as long as he could. Unfortunately, he was caught with over 40 kilometers left.

After Kwiatkowski was caught, a new breakaway formed, and it included one of the race favorites Vincenzo Nibali. The Italian was joined by the likes of Sergio Henao and Rafal Majka. Further down the road another race favorite was met with disaster. Richie Porte crashed into the barrier on the descent and was forced to abandon the race.

Behind the lead group of riders attempts were being made to bridge across.

Chris Froome, Joaquim Rodriguez, and Geraint Thomas were some of the riders that tried to join. The remaining riders in the peloton were also still in striking distance.The drama kicked up a notch again with less than 15 kilometers to go when Nibali and Henao crashed. It was a complete nightmare for the Italian and Colombian teams as the two riders could have very well battled it out for gold.

As a result, Majka was the lone rider in the lead.

Behind him a group had formed that was in hot pursuit. The group gained time on the Polish rider every kilometer. With two kilometers to go Jakob Fuglsang and Greg Van Avermaet both were able to catch Majka. The three riders were home free, as the winner would be determined in the final meters of the race. Van Avermaet was the first to launch his sprint, and was able to hold it all the way to the line.

Van Avermaet's win provides Belgium their first medal at this years Olympics, and their fourth gold medal in road cycling.

Results

1. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)

2. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark)

3. Rafal Majka (Poland)

4. Julian Alaphilippe (France)

5. Joquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spain)

6. Fabio Aru (Italy)

7. Louis Meintjes (South Africa)

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