Olympic Games in Tokyo: Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart finish outside the top 10 in the time trial
|Events: July 23rd – August 8th Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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Britons Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart ended up outside the top 10 when Primoz Roglic from Slovenia won gold in the time trial at the Tokyo Olympics.
Former Tour de France winner Thomas finished twelfth, Geoghegan Hart finished 29th in hot and humid conditions.
Roglic, two-time winner of the Vuelta a Espana, won 4.19 seconds in 55 minutes.
Tom Dumoulin from the Netherlands won the silver medal, while the Australian Rohan Dennis took bronze in fourth place ahead of the Swiss Stefan Kueng.
In the 44.1km race, drivers completed two laps of the Fuji International Speedway Circuit, with Britain aiming to win a medal in the third consecutive Olympics after Bradley Wiggins won gold in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2012 and 2016, respectively Third came.
On Saturday Thomas and Geoghegan were Hart involved in a road race accident, with no man able to finish.
Afterward, Thomas said he felt “beaten, but not that bad,” adding that he “definitely felt worse”.
The Welshman hoped to win his third Olympic medal but his first in road racing after winning track gold in the team pursuit in Beijing in 2008 and London four years later.
He was 11th at half time in Japan before dropping to 12th place, two minutes 42 seconds slower than Roglic.
“It was tough,” said Thomas. “I tried to start at what we thought would be good for a medal. Then I heard that I was 50 seconds behind Roglic, which wasn’t good for morale.
“I had a bad spot on the climb on the second lap and lost some momentum and concentration. Rohan caught me and that wasn’t good for my head either.
“It’s been a really tough five weeks and it just seems like one thing at a time.
“I tried to stay positive and to stay tuned, tried to put my hat in the ring and not be afraid of failure. It was just tough, especially mentally. I just have to stay positive and try to carry on. “
Geoghegan Hart, winner of the Giro d’Italia 2020, was 29th out of 38 finishers in a time of 1: 01: 44.81.
Van Vleuten wins the women’s race
The women’s individual time trial was won by Annemiek van Vleuten, while the Dutch Anna van der Breggen took bronze and the Swiss Marlen Reusser took silver.
It was the 38-year-old Van Vleuten’s second medal at the Games after taking silver in the road race on Sunday.
Van Vleuten, who suffered three tears in her spine in an accident at the 2016 Rio Games, raised her arms in celebration when she finished the road race after mistakenly believing she had won.
But there was no question that she was the winner when she took gold in the time trial on Wednesday and finished in 30: 13.49, almost a full minute faster than Reusser.
The British Anna Shackley took 18th place in 34: 13.60.
“I knew after the road race that I was in great, great shape,” said Van Vleuten.
“Everyone was talking about everything else, but nobody was talking about the performance. I cut myself off from social media and kept the message that I was in top shape.”