Road cycling began life in the Olympic Programme at the birth of the modern Olympic Movement in 1896 before a brief break between 1900 and 1908.
Since then it has featured in every Games from Antwerp 1920 and these days features both a road race and a time trial, affectionately known as the ‘race of truth’ due to its uncompromising nature.
The first ever Olympic road race in 1896 completed two circuits of the marathon route, measuring 87km in total, while at London 2012 Mark Cavendish and co raced 250km around London and Surrey.
Team GB have won 16 medals in Olympic road cycling, including golds from Nicole Cooke at Beijing 2008 and Sir Bradley Wiggins in the time trial at London 2012.
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