Tom Dumoulin (Ned), managed a silver medal performance despite fracturing his wrist just 2.5 weeks prior, while Tour de France winner Chris Froome (GBR) took the bronze again at his second appearance at the Games.
“For me it was a personal best performance,” said Houle. “The result is not as good as I would have liked, I would have like to finish between 10 and 15. But I did my best with what I had, it was as fast as I could go. In a time trial you have to keep pushing, keep pushing.
“It was a really technical course, especially with the rain at the beginning. On the descents I went pretty conservative because I didn’t want to crash. It was a really nice course, but you had to really manage your power and pace yourself. The climbing was hard, especially the really steep part on a time trial bike. It had a bit of everything, so it was a good course for an Olympic time trial.”
This is the second Olympic gold for Spartacus, having won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and now the 2016 event in Rio. “Olympic champion….. What a crazy day. #gold i am so proud and still without words,” tweeted Cancellara.
Jacques Landry, Director of High Performance for Canada, summed up the Road events at the end of the Men’s Time Trial. “It was always a long shot to do anything in the Road Races; Leah [Kirchmann] didn’t have the legs and Mike Woods is really only in his 20th race of the season because of numerous injuries. So for the road races we weren’t expecting anything.
“On the time trial side of things, I’ll be honest, for Tara [Whitten] I was hoping for a medal. I think she’s capable of it, but she was just beat by some stronger women on the day. She did a really good technical race and dug deep… she’s one of the top time trialists that we’ve ever had.”
With files from Cycling Canada.