In the men's sector, Portugal ended the year in 12th place in the world hierarchy and will be represented by just two cyclists, despite having the best position in the last three Olympic cycles (14th for Rio2016 and 23rd for Tokyo2020 ).

However, the reduction in the men's field means that Portugal will repeat the two representatives from Tokyo, leaving them two behind those present in Rio de Janeiro.

Thanks to Nelson Oliveira's sixth place in the last World Cup, Portugal will have two representatives in the time trial, with the same two cyclists competing equally in the long-distance race.

The 45th place in the women's ranking allows Portugal to take a cyclist to Paris, which should represent the return of women's cycling, 28 years after Ana Barros' presence in Atlanta in 1996.

The best Portuguese result in cycling road races came in Athens in 2004 when Sérgio Paulino won the silver medal in the long-distance race.

These quotas will still have to be confirmed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Portuguese Olympic Committee (COP).