Time: Sunday, 11:30am EDT
The men tackled the road course on Monday with Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet coming out victorious. Next up, the women will ride 141km on a grueling track filled with tough climbs and bumpy cobblestones.
Lizzie Armitstead leads Great Britain’s three-woman team and she’s the one of the favorites going into the road race. Armitstead’s had a tumultuous past month, but she insists she’s a “clean athlete” after missing three anti-doping tests in a twelve-month period. Armitstead is the reigning world champion with seven victories this year. After a silver medal in London, she will be looking to cross the finish line at Copacabana Beach for a gold medal.
No American has won the women’s road race since it debuted in 1984 and Connie Carpenter, mother of Olympic men’s road cyclist Taylor Phinney, took home the gold. That could all change this year as Megan Guarnier and Evelyn Stevens are both considered contenders for the gold medal. Guarnier and Stevens finished first and second respectively at the Giro d’Italia Femminile proving their climbing strength, a necessity for the Rio course.
Gold medal winner from 2012 Marianne Vos will ride for the Netherlands with some of her Rabo Liv teammates. Vos has had an injury-plagued 2015, but she won the Pajot Hills Classic in just her second race back.
French all-rounder Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is trying to make history in Rio with her attempt to win gold medals in both the women’s road race and the cross-country MTB. She hasn’t had a win this season, but the 24-year old shouldn’t be counted out – she was world champion in both disciplines at one point last year.