Belgian Greg van Avermaet held his nerve to take gold in the Road Race ahead of former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali on day one of the Olympics. A dangerous descent caused problems for the riders and the leading pack of Nibali, Sergio Henao and Geraint Thomas collided with 15km left. Van Avermaet beat Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang in a sprint finish to claim his first Olympic title. Poland’s Rafal Majky claimed bronze, five second behind. “I wasn’t the favourite, but I had a really great day. The last 10-15k was perfect,” the winner told reporters. “I knew I had a good sprint, and in the last 5-6k, everything went perfect.” Current Tour de France champion Chris Froome finished three minutes from the front, alongside Germany’s Emanuel Buchmann. Refugee lights up day one Yusra Mardini, a member of the Olympic Refugee Team, stole the show with a solid performance in the 100m fly to win the first heat in Rio. Although she missed the cut, the 18-year-old’s finish of 1:09.21 grabbed the attention from the world’s media. Mardini is from the Syrian capital Damascus and was forced to flee following the outbreak of the civil war. After two years out… Read full this story
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