Rio Olympic Games time trial preview and start times

The individual time trial may always have been a key discipline in professional cycling but in an Olympic contest, it is a relatively new event.

However, like most other Olympic events, it features high on the list of priorities for the biggest specialists in the world who have all made the race in Rio one of their biggest goals of the season. On Wednesday, the entire elite will battle it out for the prestigious medals in one of the most highly anticipated time trials of this century and on a brutal course that will put the big engines at a disadvantage compared to the versatile stage race specialists.

As it was the case for the road race, there has been much talk about the course for the time trial. The long distance has from the European centre of the cycling world to Brazil means that only a select few have had a chance to take a look at the challenge in Rio and there have been different opinions about its toughness. With two tough climbs, it has always been evident that it is a completely different route than the flat one in London but for most of the past 12 months, there has been a lot of discussion about how the specialists will handle the two ascents that will be tackled twice.

With the need to acclimatize to the time zone, all riders have of course arrived early and they have all had time to check a look at the route in recent days. With the rules mandating participation in the road race, they have even all had the chance to test it out in a race even though many of the big favourites preferred to abandon early to save energy for Wednesday’s battle. In fact, the race will be held on a route that formed a big part of Saturday’s big battle for the first medals.

The race will be held over a typical championships TT distance of 54.56km and will mainly consist of two laps of the Grumari circuit which was covered four times in the first part of the road race. From the start, the riders will follow the flat coastal road for 2.58km before they get to the 24.72km circuit that they will do twice. The first part is largely flat and follows the lumpy coastal road that even includes a small section of cobbles. This section created chaos in the road race but a strip has been paved for the time trial which means that the riders should be able to avoid the rough surface.

The Favourites:

*** Tom Dumoulin

**** Chris Froome

*** Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin, Rohan Dennis

** Vasil Kiryienka, Primoz Roglic, Ion Izagirre, Nelson Oliveira

* Maciej Bodnar, Geraint Thomas, Taylor Phinney, Michal Kwiatkowski

Women’s time trial start list

Start time (local time; +5h for Europe, -1h for US east coast, -4h for US west coast, +13h for Australia) /bib number/name/country

08:30:00, 25, PLICHTA Anna, POL

08:31:30, 24, KOPECKY Lotte, BEL

08:33:00, 23, MAJERUS Christine, LUX

08:34:30, 22, YONAMINE Eri, JPN

08:36:00, 21, HEINE Vita, NOR

08:37:30, 20, LEPISTO Lotta, FIN

08:39:00, 19, CORDON Audrey, FRA

08:40:30, 18, WHITTEN Tara, CAN

08:42:00, 17, NIEWIADOMA Katarzyna, POL

08:43:30, 16, AMIALIUSIK Alena, BLR

08:45:00, 15, POOLEY Emma, GBR

08:46:30, 14, CANUEL Karol-Ann, CAN

08:48:00, 13, DUYCK Ann-Sophie, BEL

08:49:30, 12, WORRACK Trixi, GER

08:51:00, 11, GARFOOT Katrin, AUS

08:52:30, 10, MOOLMAN-PASIO Ashleigh, RSA

08:54:00, 9, LONGO BORGHINI Elisa, ITA

08:55:30, 8, SOLOVEI Ganna, UKR

08:57:00, 7, van DIJK Ellen, NED

08:58:30, 6, STEVENS Evelyn, USA

09:00:00, 5, ZABELINSKAYA Olga, RUS

09:01:30, 4, BRENNAUER Lisa, GER

09:03:00, 3, van der BREGGEN Anna, NED

09:04:30, 2, VILLUMSEN Linda, NZL

09:06:00, 1, ARMSTRONG Kristin, USA

Men’s time trial start list

10:00:00, 37, CRAVEN Dan, NAM

10:01:30, 36, REGUIGUI Youcef, ALG

10:03:00, 35, ORKEN Ahmet, TUR

10:04:30, 34, MIZBANI IRANAGH Ghader, IRI

10:06:00, 33, LAHSAINI Mouhssine, MAR

10:07:30, 32, MONSALVE Yonathan, VEN

10:09:00, 31, KOCHETKOV Pavel, RUS

10:10:30, 30, SEPULVEDA Eduardo, ARG

10:12:00, 29, JUUL JENSEN Christopher, DEN

10:13:30, 28, PREIDLER Georg, AUT

10:15:00, 27, VUILLERMOZ Alexis, FRA

10:16:30, 26, GRIVKO Andriy, UKR

10:18:00, 25, GESCHKE Simon, GER

10:19:30, 24, BOOKWALTER Brent, USA

10:21:00, 23, ZEITS Andrey, KAZ

10:22:30, 22, CARUSO Damiano, ITA

10:24:00, 21, KONIG Leopold, CZE

10:25:30, 20, KWIATKOWSKI Michal, POL

10:27:00, 19, WELLENS Tim, BEL

11:15:00, 18, BOASSON HAGEN Edvald, NOR

11:16:30, 17, HOULE Hugo, CAN

11:18:00, 16, THOMAS Geraint, GBR

11:19:30, 15, ALAPHILIPPE Julian, FRA

11:21:00, 14, ROGLIC Primoz, SLO

11:22:30, 13, CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan, ESP

11:24:00, 12, SIUTSOU Kanstantsin, BLR

11:25:30, 11, BODNAR Maciej, POL

11:27:00, 10, BARTA Jan, CZE

11:28:30, 9, OLIVEIRA Nelson, POR

11:30:00, 8, DENNIS Rohan, AUS


11:33:00, 6, PHINNEY Taylor, USA

11:34:30, 5, CANCELLARA Fabian, SUI

11:36:00, 4, MARTIN Tony, GER

11:37:30, 3, KIRYIENKA Vasil, BLR

11:39:00, 2, DUMOULIN Tom, NED

11:40:30, 1, FROOME Christopher, GBR