After a grueling road race that took its toll on the cyclists, the men will hit the course again on Wednesday for time trials. The men will ride just under 60km on a course that includes the Grumari Circuit.
Tour de France time trial winner Tom Dumoulin is the heavy favorite. Dumoulin pulled out of the road race on Sunday after just a few minutes still nursing a broken wrist. His exit was planned as he’s recovering from a broken wrist and didn’t want any additional risk before Wednesday’s time trial.
Chris Froome, fresh off his 12th place finish in the road race, is a time trial favorite as well and is convinced he will be fully recovered by Wednesday.
“I buried myself in London four years ago as well. I was completely spent. And I was fine in the time trial a few days later. It should be enough time to recover,” Froome said.
Dumoulin and Froome were far clear of the competition at the Tour time trials.
Germany’s three-time world champion Tony Martin will look to improve on his silver medal at the London Games in 2012.
Rohan Dennis, who should be full-strength after taking a spill while training this week, will be looking for a medal on the road to add to his silver he earned on the track four years ago.
Australia’s Richie Porte and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, both strong riders who could have found themselves in contention, had to withdraw due to injuries from Saturday’s road race.