How much did the time trial win mean to Fabian Cancellara? The usually calm Swiss star jumped up and down in delight on the podium after his emphatic victory in the TT, his last before retirement at the end of the 2016 season.
Having taken part in the previous day's men's road race, Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski gave his support to team-mates during the women's road race.
Andrey Zeits leads a select group of riders during the finale of the men's road race, as the riders eye each other to mark any moves.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games found a new hero in Namibian Dan Craven, who was handed a very late slot in the men's time trial event and only had his road bike and kit to use. His entertaining interaction with fans via social media has made him even more of a star.
One of the Iran team hits a wall during the men's road race and temporarily becomes tangled under his bike. He survived unscathed, but others riders were less fortunate with some branding the descent from Vista Chinesa as 'dangerous'.
Fabian Cancellara used every bit of the experience gained in his long and distinguished career to pace himself perfectly and claim the victory in the men's time trial.
Lizzie Armitstead endured a less than perfect run-up to the 2016 Games, having to appeal to CAS against a suspension due to three missed anti-doping tests and a lot of negative media attention. She signed on and got on with the road race, finishing fifth.
A rarely-seen aspect of the podium celebrations, as the top three women face the cameras during the podium celebrations for the road race.
Emma Pooley returned to road racing just for the Olympics, and was employed as a helper for Lizzie Armitstead. However, Pooley was driving the pace of the bunch early on in the road race unaware that Armitstead had dropped back due to a mechanical.
Japan's Eri Yonamine stops to fix a problem with her bike during the women's road race.
The women wait nervously for the road race to start on Sunday, with a tough and hilly course in front of them. Only 53 riders would finish.
The women's peloton heads down towards the sea on part of the road race route, which ran along the windswept coast before hitting the hills inland.
Tour de France champion Chris Froome took bronze in the men's time trial on a course that turned out to favour power riders slightly more than climbers.
Rather than the large, flash support vehicles often seen at the Grand Tours, the neutral service car at Rio was a more compact model. Perfect for the course's narrow roads.
This is what it is all about: medals. Anna van der Breggen celebrates the victory for the Netherlands, but her country's celebrations were muted as Annemiek van Vleuten had crashed heavily during the race and ended up in hospital.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali attacks on the final Vista Chinesa climb during the men's road race. He would go clear with Sergio Henao and Rafal Majka, but be involved in a hard fall on the descent with Henao. Nibali's race ended with a double fracture to his left collarbone.
The peloton is led by Poland, and Czech Republic as it climbs above a surfing beach not long after the start.
The climbs used in the road race circuits had gradients of up to 17 per cent in places. Even hardened professionals found the relentless series of climbs were a challenge.
A section of rough cobbles on the course saw several riders come a cropper. The uneven surface unseated several riders' bottles, causing a hazard.
Ireland was represented at the Games by Daniel Martin and Nicolas Roche. Martin put in a solid performance to finish 13th.
Having placed fourth in the Tour de France and claimed the white jersey of best young rider, Adam Yates was an important part of the British team and stuck with the lead group until the final climb. He would finish 15th.
Kristin Armstrong powered to victory in the women's time trial, despite suffering from a nosebleed during the punishing event. It would be her third Olympic time trial title, coming just one day before her 43rd birthday.
Classics rider Greg Van Avermaet claimed one of the first gold medals of the 2016 Games, taking the victory in the men's road race.
Anna van der Breggen had ranked as one of the main contenders in the women's road race, and she did not disappoint, winning the sprint ahead of Emma Johansson to strike gold.
Greg Van Avermaet looks like he can hardly believe that he has won the men's road race. The Belgian defied pre-race predictions that the men's race would favour climbers more than classics riders such as himself.
The road race and time trial routes in Rio really had a bit of everything - flat, climbs, coast, forest. It was a real test worthy of the Olympics, and provided a stunning backdrop to the action.
Brazil's Clemilda Fernandes looks exhausted after the women's road race. Her team-mate Flavia Oliveira put in a very strong performance to finish seventh, in a crowd-pleasing ride for the home fans.
The police service have a good view of the action during the road race as they look back on the approaching peloton.
Although some of the Olympic venues have struggled to fill their seats, there were plenty that had made an effort to support their home nations during the cycling events.
The disappointment shows on Lizzie Armitstead's face she crossed the line in fifth in the women's Olympic road race. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada