Cycling: Switzerland’s Cancellara claims gold, Team USA duo well off pace

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There wasn’t much American luck in the men’s road race in Rio on Wednesday.

The slick track cost Brent Bookwalter a uniform shirt and any chances at a medal, as the USA cyclist finished 23rd after starting 24th.

That’s nothing compared to the disappointment suffered by medal hopeful Taylor Phinney, who dropped from the sixth seed to a 22nd place finish.

The gold medal winner finished five minutes ahead of both Americans, as Switzerland cyclist Fabian Cancellara blazed a 1:12:52.42 to claim top honors.

Netherlands’ Tom Dumoulin finished second, and Britain’s Christopher Froome managed bronze.