The Rio 2016 Olympic Games women’s cycling road race takes place on Sunday, August 7, a day after the men’s event.
A total of 67 women will line up for the road events – which comprise Sunday’s road race and a time trial on Wednesday, August 10.
The women will take on a 136.9km route, tackling two loops of the Grumari circuit and one lap of the Vista Chinesa circuit. The latter includes a 8.5km climb with an average 5.7 per cent gradient and is likely to act as a launchpad for any late attack.
London 2012 champion Marianne Vos (Netherlands) returns but there is still a question mark over her form having had an injury earlier in the season. Her Dutch team-mate Anna Van Der Breggen will also be one to watch. Second in 2012, current world champion Lizzie Armitstead will hope to step up and claim gold for Great Britain.
Germany, Italy, Australia and the USA also field very strong squads, which – like the Netherlands – benefit from having the maximum four riders.
Elisa Longo Borghini
Anna Van Der Breggen
Ellen Van Dijk
Annemiek Van Vleuten
Ting Ying Huang