After the stunning Opening Ceremony last night, all eyes have turned to the real Olympic action to see if the sport could provide the same kind of spectacle.
if today's men's road race is anything to go by, Olympic fans are in
for a memorable fortnight of twists, turns, and amazing surroundings.
nail-biting race took in picturesque countryside and iconic London
landmarks as cyclists ended the 156-mile course at breakneck pace.
the race ended in disappointment for Britain and favourite Mark
Cavendish, the estimated one million fans who lined the route still
created an electric atmosphere.
Fight to the finish: Kazakhstan's Alexander Vinokourov dashed Britain's
hopes of an early gold medal by powering to victory over favourite Mark