Who will win the Men's Road Race?
I've waited for the Tour de France to be finished, because the list of participants could have been affected by the last Cycling events. Important cyclists like Andy Schleck or Alberto Contador won't go to the Olympics, for various reasons.
I will mention some cyclists of this race who I consider as favourites, but first I have to express my congratulations to Bradley Wiggins (GBR) and his team Sky for winning and taking the second place with Christopher Froome (GBR) in this year's edition of the Tour de France (TDF).
The Olympic Road Race profile makes it perfect for a massive sprint at the end, so I think a sprinter or an all-rounder cyclist will win. Thus, my favourites for the Olympic Road Race event are (in alphabetical order):
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR): sprinter, he came this year second in the 3rd TDF stage
- Tom Boonen (BEL): he skipped the Tour this year to prepare better for the Olympics, but showed to be in a good shape in this season
- Fabian Cancellara (SUI): Time Trial Olympic champion and second at the Road Race event at Beijing 2008, winner of the TDF 2012 Prologue
- Mark Cavendish (GBR): the British favourite sprinter, current World Champion and winner in the second, 18th and today in the last stage of TDF in Paris (photo), becoming the all-time most successful sprinter with 23 stages won
- Cadel Evans (AUS): all-rounder, winner of the TDF 2011, ranked 14th at Beijing, 7th in TDF 2012
- Christopher Froome (GBR): all-rounder, second in TDF 2012
- Matthew Goss (AUS): sprinter, second in stages 5 and 18 of TDF 2012
- André Greipel (GER): sprinter, winner of 3 stages of TDF 2012
- Ryder Hesjedal (CAN): all-rounder, winner of Giro d'Italia 2012, injured in the 6th stage of TDF 2012 (but he may take start at this race)
- Vincenzo Nibali (ITA): all-rounder, 3rd in the TDF 2012
- Peter Sagan (SVK): all-rounder & sprinter, winner of the TDF 2012 green jersey (the sprinter classification) and of 3 stages
- Bradley Wiggins (GBR): all-rounder, winner of TDF 2012, Olympic champion at Beijing and Athens at Track events
I have to mention that Romania will also send a sprinter at this race: Andrei Nechita. Good luck!
It's hard to choose one winner from these performers (I hope I didn't forget someone), however, my answer for today is: Mark Cavendish. I think he won't let go the chance to become an Olympic champion in front of its own supporters.
Final: Saturday, 28.07, 10:00 AM GMT