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Graphic explains the track cycling events.

TOKYO 2020

Olympic Track Cycling

By Phil Bainbridge

July 23, 2021 - August 8, 2021 - The 2020 summer Olympic Games, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, take place in Tokyo, Japan. With the reintroduction of the Madison, there will be six men’s and women’s track cycling competitions, the others being the sprint, team sprint, keirin, team pursuit and the omnium - a combination of four disciplines.

To varying degrees, strategy and tactics are key to track cycling events, to conserve energy by using the air resistance of the rider in front - by sharing the lead with a member of your own team or, in individual events, by allowing the opponent to take the lead.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games feature 339 events in 33 different sports, encompassing 50 disciplines. It is the second time that Japan, and specifically Tokyo, has hosted the Summer Olympic Games – the first being in 1964.

PUBLISHED: 01/07/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images