Vinokorouv Wins Cycling Gold at Olympics Road Race

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Alexandre Vinokorouv won the men’s road race in England for the Olympic road race, becoming the first Gold Medal winner in the cycling portion of the London Olympics.

The Kazakhstan rider from the Astana Team beat out favorite Mark Cavendish, the world champion. Cavendish didn’t have a chance when he stayed behind in the peloton while a 12-man escape group originally formed by Phillipe Gilbert, then a 32 man group stayed ahead.

Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran Uran claimed silver, with Norway’s Alexander Kristoff third, reported the London 2012 Olympics website.

The composition of the escape groups altered, but Cavendish and his team-mates passed the summit of Box Hill for the final time with a deficit of 1.23 to solo leader Philippe Gilbert of Belgium.

Gilbert was caught as a group of 32 formed at the start of the long run-in to the finish and they established a lead of around one minute.

Competitors appeared unwilling to take the initiative and there was a crash in the leading group as Fabian Cancellara veered into the roadside barriers in Richmond Park.

Vinokurov and Uran Uran broke clear near the finish, and Vinokorouv launched his sprint with 400m to go, catching Uran by surprise at the line.

This wasn’t the year for Cavendish who finished well down the field. Cavendish also worked¬† hard for the Sky Team in the recently finished Tour de France, denying himself competition in the Green Jersey competition which went to newcomer Peter Sagan.¬† This may not be the year for the Cav’.

Vinokurov will race in the Time Trial on Wednesday, after which he will consider retiring. However, in that competition it is doubtful he can win against the likes of Bradley Wiggins or Chris Froome.



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