Tokyo Olympics: Who are the bookies’s favourite to win the road races?

The men and women will fight for gold in Tokyo this weekend - these are the favourites

Who are the favourites for the Olympic road races?
Who are the favourites for the Olympic road races?
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are finally here and the cycling action kicks off with the road races this weekend, but who are the bookmakers’s favourites to take gold? 

Racing starts with the men’s road race on Saturday (July 24), on a tough 234km course around Mount Fuji, followed by the women’s event on a shorter 137km course the following day. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.