It’s not easy to find but has compiled a provisional list of starters for the first cycling event at the Rio Olympics (see below). In typical IOC style, there is a lot of options for navigation on the official site for the Rio Olympics but good luck if you’re trying to get useful information like who is actually starting the races.

A quick glance suggests that the teams with race favourites are Colombia, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

The maximum number of starters is five per nation and six countries have nominated a full contingent: Belgium, Colombia, Great Britain, Italy, Slovenia and Spain.

The defending champion, Alexandre Vinokourov retired from racing shortly after winning his gold medal in London but the silver medallist four years ago, Rigoberto Uran of Colombia is part of one of the most formidable quintets.

France has only nominated four starters but it includes two riders who were on the podium at the test event late last year, Alexis Vuillermoz (1st in 2015) and Romain Bardet (3rd).


The podium of last year's Rio test event road race: Serge Pauwels (3rd), Alexis Vullermoz (1st) and Romain Bardet (2nd). Photo: Graham Watson

The podium of last year’s Rio test event road race: Serge Pauwels (3rd), Alexis Vullermoz (1st) and Romain Bardet (2nd).
Photo: Graham Watson


Selection for the Games is a convoluted scheme that takes into account limitations put on the four cycling disciplines (road, track, MTB and BMX)… all the athletes involved are considered ‘cyclists’ and that allows them to swap between disciplines if the respective Olympic committees deem that necessary.

Cast your eye down the list of likely starters and it becomes apparent that the selection requirements means there are inclusions in this field that may otherwise not have been there.

The obvious anomalies are Scott Bowden for Australia and Maximilian Levy for Germany. The first makes a little bit of sense as the course in Rio for the road race is a hilly one and Bowden’s strengths could be useful in the early stanza of the road race, but the inclusion of Levy is a little absurd.

Levy is a sprinter on the track, a former keirin world champion. He weighs in at around 88kg and is likely to contest the team sprint in the track program in Rio. His place in the peloton reminds us that while the Olympics is considered a true festival of sport, it is also something that conjures some particularly curious selections when it comes to cycling.


Maximillian Levy on the podium to receive his gold medal from the keirin at the 2009 world championships. Photo: Graham Watson

Maximillian Levy on the podium to receive his gold medal from the keirin at the 2009 world championships.
Photo: Graham Watson


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Abderrahmane Mansouri(ALG)
Youcef Reguigui(ALG)
Daniel Díaz(ARG)
Maximiliano Richeze(ARG)
Eduardo Sepúlveda(ARG)
Rohan Dennis(AUS)
Simon Clarke(AUS)
Richie Porte(AUS)
Scott Bowden(AUS)
Stefan Denifl(AUT)
Georg Preidler(AUT)
Maksym Averin(AZE)
Vasil Kiryienka(BLR)
Kanstantsin Sivtsov(BLR)
Philippe Gilbert(BEL)
Serge Pauwels(BEL)
Greg Van Avermaet(BEL)
Tim Wellens(BEL)
Laurens De Plus(BEL)
Óscar Soliz(BOL)
Murilo Fischer(BRA)
Kléber Ramos(BRA)
Stefan Hristov(BUL)
Antoine Duchesne(CAN)
Hugo Houle(CAN)
Michael Woods(CAN)
José Luis Rodríguez(CHI)
Esteban Chaves(COL)
Sergio Henao(COL)
Miguel Angel López(COL)
Jarlinson Pantano(COL)
Rigoberto Urán(COL)
Andrey Amador(CRC)
Kristijan Ðurasek(CRO)
Matija Kvasina(CRO)
Jan Bárta(CZE)
Leopold König(CZE)
Zdenek Štybar(CZE)
Petr Vakoc(CZE)
Jakob Fuglsang(DEN)
Christopher Juul-Jensen(DEN)
Chris Anker Sørensen(DEN)
Diego Milán(DOM)
Byron Guamá(ECU)
Natnael Berhane(ERI)
Tanel Kangert(EST)
Rein Taaramäe(EST)
Tsgabu Grmay(ETH)
Julian Alaphilippe(FRA)
Romain Bardet(FRA)
Warren Barguil(FRA)
Alexis Vuillermoz(FRA)
Emanuel Buchmann(GER)
Simon Geschke(GER)
Maximilian Levy(GER)
Tony Martin(GER)
Chris Froome(GBR)
Steve Cummings(GBR)
Ian Stannard(GBR)
Geraint Thomas(GBR)
Adam Yates(GBR)
Ioannis Tamouridis(GRE)
Manuel Rodas(GUA)
Cheung King Lok(HKG)
Ghader Mizbani(IRI)
Arvin Moazzami(IRI)
Samad Pourseyedi(IRI)
Dan Martin(IRL)
Nicolas Roche(IRL)
Fabio Aru(ITA)
Vincenzo Nibali(ITA)
Damiano Caruso(ITA)
Alessandro De Marchi(ITA)
Diego Rosa(ITA)
Yukiya Arashiro(JPN)
Kohei Uchima(JPN)
Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev(KAZ)
Andrey Zeits(KAZ)
Qendrim Guri(KOS)
Ariya Phounsavath(LAO)
Toms Skujinš(LAT)
Aleksejs Saramotins(LAT)
Ramunas Navardauskas(LTH)
Ignatas Konovalovas(LTH)
Fränk Schleck(LUX)
Anass Aït  El Abdia(MAR)
Soufiane Haddi(MAR)
Mouhssine Lahsaini(MAR)
Luis Lemus(MEX)
Dan Craven(NAM)
Tom Dumoulin(NED)
Steven Kruijswijk(NED)
Bauke Mollema(NED)
Wout Poels(NED)
George Bennett(NZL)
Edvald Boasson Hagen(NOR)
Sven Erik Bystrøm(NOR)
Vegard Stake Laengen(NOR)
Lars Petter Nordhaug(NOR)
Maciej Bodnar(POL)
Michal Golas(POL)
Michal Kwiatkowski(POL)
Rafal Majka(POL)
André Cardoso(POR)
Rui Costa(POR)
José Mendes(POR)
Nelson Oliveira(POR)
Brian Babilonia(PUR)
Serghei Tvetcov(ROM)
Sergey Chernetskiy(RUS)
Pavel Kochetkov(RUS)
Adrien Niyonshuti(RWA)
Ivan Stevic(SRB)
Patrik Tybor(SLO)
Matej Mohoric(SLO)
Jan Polanc(SLO)
Primož Roglic(SLO)
Simon Špilak(SLO)
Daryl Impey(RSA)
Louis Meintjes(RSA)
Kim Ok-cheol(KOR)
Seo Joon-yong(KOR)
Jonathan Castroviejo(ESP)
Imanol Erviti(ESP)
Ion Izagirre(ESP)
Joaquim Rodríguez(ESP)
Alejandro Valverde(ESP)
Michael Albasini(SUI)
Fabian Cancellara(SUI)
Steve Morabito(SUI)
Sébastien Reichenbach(SUI)
Ali Nouisri(TUN)
Ahmet Örken(TUR)
Onur Balkan(TUR)
Andriy Hrivko(UKR)
Denys Kostyuk(UKR)
Mark Padun(UKR)
Yousif Mirza(UAE)
Brent Bookwalter(USA)
Taylor Phinney(USA)
Miguel Armando Ubeto(VEN)
Yonathan Monsalve(VEN)