With the Olympic ceremony just over a day away the cyclists contesting the road race have the honor of taking part in the first event of the Games. General opinon has been divided over whether the race will come down to a bunch sprint benefiting the likes of Cavendish and Sagan or if perhaps Box Hill will split the race apart favouring the one day specialists such as Boonen and Chavanal.
UCI President Pat McQuaid predicts crowds are set to flood the streets of London for the 250km race. With home boy favourite already having won the Olympic test event in London last year McQuaid believes the popularity of cycling in Great Britain will show come race day.
"There will probably be the biggest crowd ever seen at an Olympic Games road race. I’m predicting something close to a million people could be on the roadside," he said in an official UCI release.
Kiwi fans will be hoping in form team leader Greg Henderson will have come out of the Tour de France well and be able to turn some of his lead out speed that was evident in the Tour to his own use.