The Australian team is left without the possibility of reissuing the Olympic silver after a dramatic accident.
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Track cycling is one of the most spectacular sports of the Games and already in the first qualifying day it has probably left what will be the image of the competition in Tokyo 2020. The high speed falls in this sport are always spectacular and in the Olympic stage are magnified before the great public. Tell them if not to Alexander porter, a member of the Australian pursuit team, whose handlebars broke without warning, sending him several tens of meters across the ground.
Luckily, the competitor is in good physical condition and at that time he was at the end of the group of four that makes up the test, avoiding a more than possible domino effect with his companions, which could have been fatal.
What if they are going to have to regret is the loss of any option in the fight for gold or silver, the metal they got in the last appointment of Rio de Janeiro 2016, where Porter He was also a member of the team that could only be defeated by Great britain. After this incident, and being depleted with three cyclists, the Australians set the fifth best time and will only be eligible for a hypothetical bronze.
Italy is still sweet
If the extra-sports news has undoubtedly been the dursima fall of the Australian cyclist, inside the Izu veldromo, Italy keep marching triumphantly at these Games. The Mediterranean have set the Olympic record, just as it has achieved a few minutes later Denmark. Thus, in this discipline in which in Ro they could only finish sixth, in Tokyo they are the second top favorites pushed by the missile Filippo ganna.
The transalpine, the absolute leader of the world time trial in road cycling, had to be forced to lower a gear in the last laps of qualifying, leaving all his teammates behind when he was leading the group. Italy will have to polish its strategy to get the most out of the Verbania giant.