Olympic Games 2016: Cycling
Fabian Cancellara, a cyclist competing for Switzerland, was fastest on August the 12th and therefore became the new champion of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was able to obtain the gold medal after completing an extenuating 54, 6 km, where star and finish line were located in Pontal, Copacabana. The silver medal went to Netherlander Tom Dumoulin and the bronze medal to UK national Chris Froome. Cancellara was a favorite from the very beginning; he was considered one of the top candidates to win one of the honor medals.
Cancallera, a 35 year old, made amazing time; 1 hour, 12 minutes and 15 seconds, thus beating Tom Dumolin by 47 seconds and Chris Froome by 1 minute and 2 seconds. Cancellara has been world champion an impressive 4 times in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2008 he won the gold medal while competing in the international time trial cycling race. He had a few years ago, obtained the silver medal while participating in the road race of the 2008 Summer Olympics, after David Rebellin was disqualified for testing positive in doping.
The 37 cyclists faced the competition on a very cloudy day with heavy rain, so they were forced to take the necessary precautions in order to avoid unfortunate accidents, as was the case with Sergio Luis Henao from Colombia and Vincenzo Nibali from Italy glided all over the pavement and ended up being hospitalized. Simon Geschke, a German national, Tony Martin, also from Germany (Tony Martin won the silver medal in London 2014), Tom Dumoulin, a Dutch national, Leopold König, a Czech Republic national, Rohan Dennis from Australia, Geraint Thomas, a Great Britain national, as well as Spanish Jonathan Castroviejo were among the cyclists who made great time, although they were not able to obtain any medals.