Summer Olympics 2016 Rio: Favourites road race – women

evelyn stevens olympic favourite cyclingThe Olympic road race for women is played out on a mountainous circuit, while the finale is on flat roads. So in order to win you definitely need to be a climber, yet that's not the whole story. Given the finale a fast sprint or time trialing skills would come in handy, too. (Slideshow route/profile)

The women face the Grumari (1.2 kilometre at 7%) and Grota Funda (2.1 kilometres at 4,5%) before the 8.9 kilometres two stage ascent up Canoas/Vista Chinesa comes a steepest section at 11.9%. After the last peak a technical 6 kilometres descent takes the women to a flat section of 16.7 kilometres that’s leading straight to the finish line.

Obviously, one would say a select group is going to battle it out in the finale. Be it with a sprint or with a late attack.

Evelyn Stevens is in the form of her life. She took three stage wins in the Giro Rosa – a hilly stage, a time trial and a mountain stage. Megan Guarnier grabbed the maglia rosa without winning a stage, yet she was close to stage wins, too.

Favourites Olympic Road Race for women

*** Evelyn Stevens, Megan Guarnier, Anna van der Breggen
** Marianne Vos, Katarzyna Niewiadoma, Giorgia Bronzini
* Elizabeth Armitstead, Linda Villumsen

Summer Olympics 2016 Road race for women: Route maps, height profiles, and more

Click on the images to zoom.


Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles
Route road race - men - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Riders road race – men - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Favourites road race – men - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Van der Breggen takes gold ahead of Johansson and Longo Borghini - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Cancellara powers to gold in ITT - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Route ITT - men - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Riders ITT – men - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Favourites ITT – men - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Armstrong takes gold ahead Zabelinskaya and Van der Breggen - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Route ITT - women - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Riders ITT – women - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio Favourites ITT – women - Summer Olympics 2016 Rio 2016 Cycling - Summer Olympics Recent Winners road race - men - Summer Olympics
More articles
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!