Road Cycling at the Olympics

At present, the Individual Time-Trial and the Road-Race are the two codes of races conducted for both men and women during the Olympics. Road cycling was introduced during the first modern Olympic at 1896, when an individual road-race for a distance of 87km was conducted.

Road cycling was completely shelved after the first Olympics and did not make an appearance for the next three consecutive Olympics. However, it was re-introduced in 1912 with two different codes of races, an individual time-trial and a team time-trial. These two codes continued till 1924 after which the events were again changed.

The individual road-race was brought back in 1928 which continues to be a part of the Olympics to this date. After some experimenting with team road-race and team time-trial from 1928 to 1992, the IOC has currently settled with the individual time-trial race as the second code of race for road cycling.

The women's road-race introduced in 1984 and the time-trial race which was introduced in 1996, are the two codes of races currently conducted for women.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain is the most accomplished athlete in road cycling who has won three gold medals, one for individual pursuit at 2004 Athens, and two gold medals for individual and team pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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