Remembering Britain's best ever men's Olympic road race result - but should it have been gold?

Britain’s finest ever result in the Olympic men’s road race came nearly 100 years ago, courtesy of the great Frank Southall. But the Londoner was left wondering whether his silver medal should actually have been gold

Frank Southall (Getty)

While Team GB’s gold-tinted Olympic track exploits are well documented, the road race events haven’t yielded quite the same haul of metalwork.

The women have given us the most to shout about, with gold from Nicole Cooke at Beijing in 2008, followed by Lizzie Deignan’s silver behind Marianne Vos in London 2012 — in an event that was only introduced to the Games in 1984.

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