Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's individual road race

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Women's cycling road race
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Womens Olympic Road Race Peleton - July 2012.jpg
The peloton in southwest London, near the beginning of the women's road race
VenueCentral and southwest London and north Surrey[1]
140.3 kilometres (87.2 mi)
Date29 July 2012
Competitors66 from 36 nations
Winning time3:35:29
1st, gold medalist(s) Marianne Vos  Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Lizzie Armitstead  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Olga Zabelinskaya  Russia
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The women's road race, one of the cycling events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, took place on 29 July[2] over a course starting and ending on The Mall[3] and heading out of London into Surrey.[4] Nicole Cooke of Great Britain was the defending champion.

In heavy rain, the race and gold medal was won by Marianne Vos of the Netherlands. Great Britain's Lizzie Armitstead was second, collecting silver, and Russia's rider Olga Zabelinskaya won the bronze in third place.[5]

Start list[edit]

The provisional start list of 67 riders was published on 23 July.[6] The final start list of 66 riders[7] was corrected by the removal of Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong to leave Hong Kong with the one place they had obtained under the qualification system, and the German team decided to replace Claudia Häusler with Charlotte Becker.[8]


The race started at 12:00 British Summer Time (UTC+01:00). The weather was cool and it was very rainy. At both the start and finish of the race it was pouring down with rain.[9] Due to the bad weather, the race saw a lot of punctures and incidents which caused riders to lose valuable time.[9]

After an unsuccessful attack from Janildes Silva Fernandes, Ellen van Dijk attacked after around 35 kilometres. A couple of other riders joined Van Dijk in her escape but the efforts were not successful, as the escapees were caught by the group. A few minutes later, Ellen van Dijk attacked again in an attempt to splinter the peloton but was soon reeled in again. After two short bursts from Ellen van Dijk and one from Loes Gunnewijk, the American Kristin Armstrong attacked on the climb of Box Hill, followed by Great Britain's Emma Pooley. When the bunch was back together, race favourite Marianne Vos attacked but was immediately followed by America's Shelley Olds and the bunch. After other attacks from Ellen van Dijk, Judith Arndt, Emma Pooley and Ellen van Dijk respectively, the bunch contained about 35 riders with 50 kilometers to go. At the beginning of the second of the two rounds of Box Hill, Marianne Vos attacked the bunch, joined by Lizzie Armitstead and the Belarus rider Alena Amialiusik but were unable to get away. After the descent of Box Hill there was a clear escape of Marianne Vos, Olga Zabelinskya, Lizzie Armitstead and Shelley Olds, who quickly made a gap of half a minute between themselves and the chasing posse. After a puncture of Shelley Olds the three remaining riders increased the distance between them and their pursuers to 48 seconds with 10 kilometres to go. After Zabelinskaya tried unsuccessful to escape with 2 kilometres to go, it was Vos who sprinted for the finish with about 200 metres to go. Armitstead tried to get after her but failed to do so and was beaten by a bike-length.[9]

Final classification[edit]

In the table below, "s.t." indicates that the rider crossed the finish line in the same group as the cyclist before her, and was therefore credited with the same finishing time.

Over time limit (OTL)
Under UCI regulations for one-day road races (article 2.3.039), "Any rider finishing in a time exceeding that of the winner by more than 5% shall not be placed".[11] Applying this to the winning time of Marianne Vos resulted in a time limit of 3:45:15.



  1. ^ "Olympic road race route officially revealed". Cycling Weekly. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2012. This extends the Games into the South West of London and Surrey
  2. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  3. ^ "The Mall | Venues". London 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Road Race format competition". London 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Vos wins thrilling Road Race". London 2012. 29 July 2012.
  6. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Games: Women's road race start list". 23 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Women's road race". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  8. ^ "BDR benennt Frauen-Aufgebot". (in German). 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Olympic road race: women's cycling – as it happened". The Guardian. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  10. ^ "individual road race women results - Cycling Road - London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  11. ^ UCI Cycling Regulations, Part II: Road Races, UCI, 1 February 2012, p. 31

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