Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Italy snatch gold from Denmark in tightly fought men's team pursuit final

The Italians set a world record pace to narrowly beat Denmark in a close final

The Italian team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Men's team pursuit final
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Italy set a world record pace to take gold in the Olympic 2020 men's team pursuit final, beating Denmark in a tense final.

The Italians had started fast but in the final 2km started to see their lead over Denmark go the other way. With just over two laps to go though Filippo Ganna took up the front of Italy's line and put in a phenomenal effort to pull them back to just over a 10th of a second ahead of Denmark, narrowly beating the world champions to the line to take gold.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).