Tokyo 2020 Olympic road race men's start list

Confirmed list of riders for the 234km race for the gold medal in Japan

Vincenzo Nibali at the 2016 Olympic Games road race
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's road race start list looks as star-studded as ever for 2021, with national teams fielding their strongest riders in the hunt for the gold medal.

With the Games only taking place every four years, opportunities for riders to take a prestigious gold in the road race are few during their careers, and this year the climbers will have a great chance at victory on the tough 234km course in Tokyo.

Originally scheduled for July 2020, the men's road race now takes place on July 24 2021 after the Olympics were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

That also meant the 2021 Tour de France had to be brought forward, starting on June 26, giving riders at the Grande Boucle a chance to get to Japan in time to compete in the road race.

One of those who flew straight from France to the Games is defending champion Greg Van Avermaet, who will hope to rediscover some of the scintillating form he had in 2016 when he beat Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) to the gold. Van Avermaet will be part of a powerful Belgian team that also includes two of cycling's biggest young stars Wout van Aert and Remco Evenepoel.

Slovenia also look like one of the teams to beat as they bring two Grand Tour stars Primož Roglič and Tadej Pogačar, as are GB with three Grand Tour winners in Simon Yates, Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart, along with Simon's brother Adam.

There are 130 riders set to start the Olympic road race, with Belgium, Colombia, France, Italy, and the Netherlands the teams with maximum allocation of five riders. 

Australia (who will only use three), Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, and Switzerland all have four-rider teams, while Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Poland, South Africa, and Russia have three. Every other team has one or two riders.

The allocation of spots is decided by the UCI and is based on national and individual rankings from the season prior to the Games, in this case 2019. Once the National Olympic Committees confirm their use of their quota, the UCI can then redistribute the remaining spots to other teams.

All the teams are now confirmed with race numbers from one to 130. Van Avermaet, as defending champion, will wear the number one bib.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men's road race start list

Belgium

1 VAN AVERMAET Greg
2 BENOOT Tiesj
3 EVENEPOEL Remco
4 VAN AERT Wout
5 VANSEVENANT Mauri

Slovenia

6 POGAČAR Tadej
7 POLANC Jan
8 ROGLIČ Primož
9 TRATNIK Jan

France

10 CAVAGNA Rémi
11 COSNEFROY Benoît
12 ELISSONDE Kenny
13 GAUDU David
14 MARTIN Guillaume

Spain

15 FRAILE Omar
16 HERRADA Jesús
17 IZAGIRRE Gorka
18 IZAGIRRE Ion
19 VALVERDE Alejandro

Great Britain

20 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
21 THOMAS Geraint
22 YATES  Simon
23 YATES Adam

Italy

24 BETTIOL Alberto
25 CARUSO Damiano
26 CICCONE Giulio
27 MOSCON Gianni
28 NIBALI Vincenzo

Netherlands

29 DUMOULIN Tom
30 HAVIK Yoeri
31 KELDERMAN Wilco
32 MOLLEMA Bauke
33 VAN BAARLE Dylan

Colombia

34 CHAVES Esteban
35 HIGUITA Sergio
37 QUINTANA Nairo
38 URÁN Rigoberto

Australia

40 DURBRIDGE Luke
41 HAMILTON Lucas
42 PORTE Richie

Denmark

43 ASGREEN Kasper
44 FUGLSANG Jakob
45 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher
46 VALGREN Michael

Germany

47 ARNDT Nikias
48 BUCHMANN Emanuel
49 GESCHKE Simon
50 SCHACHMANN Maximilian

Switzerland

51 HIRSCHI Marc
52 KÜNG Stefan
53 MÄDER Gino
54 SCHÄR Michael

Portugal

55 ALMEIDA João
56 OLIVEIRA Nelson

Ireland

57 DUNBAR Eddie
58 MARTIN Dan
59 ROCHE Nicolas

Ecuador

60 CARAPAZ Richard
61 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan 

Russian Olympic Committee

62 SIVAKOV Pavel
63 VLASOV Aleksandr
64 ZAKARIN Ilnur

Norway

65 FOSS Tobias
66 HOELGAARD Markus
67 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland
68 LEKNESSUND Andreas 

Poland

69 BODNAR Maciej
70 KWIATKOWSKI Michał
71 MAJKA Rafał

New Zealand

72 BENNETT George
73 BEVIN Patrick

South Africa

74 DE BOD Stefan
75 DLAMINI Nic
76 GIBBONS Ryan

Canada

77 BOIVIN Guillaume
78 HOULE Hugo
79 WOODS Michael

Czech Republic

80 KUKRLE Michael
81 SCHLEGEL Michal
82 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk

Austria

83 KONRAD Patrick
84 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
85 PERNSTEINER Hermann

USA

86 CRADDOCK Lawson
87 MCNULTY Brandon 

Slovakia

88 KUBIŠ Lukáš 
89 SAGAN Juraj

Kazakhstan 

90 GRUZDEV Dmitriy
91 LUTSENKO Alexey
92 PRONSKIY Vadim

Ukraine

93 BUDYAK Anatoliy

Estonia

94 KANGERT Tanel
95 PRUUS Peeter

Eritrea

96 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel
97 KUDUS Merhawi

Latvia

98 NEILANDS Krists
99 SKUJIŅŠ Toms 

Luxembourg

100 GENIETS Kevin
101 RIES Michel

Belarus

102 RIABUSHENKO Aleksandr

Algeria

103 LAGAB Azzedine
104 MANSOURI Hamza

Romania

105 GROSU Eduard-Michael

Lithuania

106 ŠIŠKEVIČIUS Evaldas

Hungary

107 VALTER Attila

Greece

108 TZORTZAKIS Polychronis

Panama

109 JURADO LOPEZ Christofer

Mexico

110 FRAYRE MOCTEZUMA Eder

Japan

111 ARASHIRO Yukiya
112 MASUDA Nariyuki

Guatemala

113 RODAS OCHOA Manuel Oseas

Rwanda

114 MUGISHA Moise

Namibia

115 de LANGE Tristan

Venezuela

116 AULAR SANABRIA Orluis Alberto

Turkey

117 BALKAN Onur
118 ORKEN Ahmet

Croatia

119 RUMAC Josip

Burkina Faso

120 DAUMONT Paul

China

121 WANG Ruidong

Iran

122 SAFARZADEH Saeid

Argentina

123 SEPULVEDA Eduardo

Uzbekistan

124 KHALMURATOV Muradjan

Morocco

125 EL KOURAJI Mohcine

Costa Rica

126 AMADOR Andrey

Azerbaijan

127 ASADOV Elchin

Peru

128 NAVARRO CALLE Royner

Chinese Taipei

129 FENG Chun Kai

Hong Kong

130 CHOY Hiu Fung

Richard Windsor
Richard Windsor

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