Olympics 2012: Pick of the Day – Cycling Men’s Road Race

Don't miss Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins as they cycle for gold in the Men's Road Race

Cycling: Men’s Road Race


10.00 am BBC1, BBC3, BBC Olympics 3

Britain’s Mark Cavendish is the fastest cyclist on the planet and it’s going to take a lot to stop him if it comes to a sprint finish. The 250km (155 mile) race begins and ends in The Mall in London and in between are nine ascents of Box Hill in Surrey, which is a tricky climb. The Australian team is very strong, but Cavendish’s Tour de France team-mates Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and David Millar along with Ian Stannard can help deliver Cav to the line for the big sprint.

It’s going to be a compelling six hours of action. Yes, it’s a long time, but the suspense will be gripping as the race unfolds. Cavendish is under immense pressure, but he never seems to reflect it — he just takes it on board. Hugh Porter, Four-time world individual pursuit champion, 1968—73


Before/during the race, read this: How to watch the Olympic Cycling Road Race – a beginner’s guide