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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.

Cycling: USA’s Bookwalter skids over very early in quest for medal

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American cyclist Brent Bookwalter got off to a horrible start on the rain-slicked course of the men’s time trial.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s cycling time trial

Bookwalter’s front tire failed to grip a turn just 200m into the race on Wednesday, tearing the shoulder of his jersey and the zipper as well. He hopped back on the bike about 90 seconds off the early pace.

There’s still plenty of time in the 40-plus minute race, as Bookwalter looks to equal the medal performance of women’s winner Kristin Armstrong.

WATCH LIVE: Bookwalter, Phinney looks for medal in cycling’s road race

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There are Olympic medals on the line as Team USA’s Brent Bookwalter and Taylor Phinney look to shine in Saturday’s men’s road race.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s Road Race, Part One — 8:30 a.m. EDT

Phinney, 26, comes from Olympic royalty. His father Davis won a 1984 bronze medal in cycling, while his mother has a gold in road bicycle racing and also competed in speed skating.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s Road Race, Part Two — Noon p.m. EDT

Bookwalter, 32, hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and finished third in this year’s Tour of California.

Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Chris Froome of Great Britain are among the favorites for Saturday’s race.