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Van Avermaet clinches men's road race gold for Belgium

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium captured gold for Belgium in the men‘s cycling road race at the Olympics on Saturday.

Van Amermaet, 31, beat Denmark‘s Jakob Fuglsang in a sprint finish, with Rafal Majky of Poland taking bronze.

Italy‘s Vincenzo Nibali and Colombia‘s Sergio Henao crashed while in a leading group with Majky on the final descent with some 10 kilometres remaining.

Britain‘s Geraint Thomas, who had fallen away from the leading trio, also crashed on the same descent.

Majky was left out on his own and was 25 seconds ahead of the chasing group with 5.5 kilometres of the 237km race to go.

Van Avermaet and Fuglsang closed up on a tiring Majky with some 1.3 kilometres remaining, and the Belgian was the stronger over the final metres along the Copacabana with Majky unable to challenge.

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