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Cycling at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 50 kilometres

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Garden City Velodrome, Wilrijk, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 10, 1920
Date Finished: August 10, 1920

Gold: BEL Henry George
Silver: GBR Cyril Alden
Bronze: NED Piet Ikelaar

Summary

The final track race, the 50 kilometre race, was the last event held on the second day of cycling, 10 August. Thirty-one riders started with 14 finishing. Thomas Harvey of Great Britain led out the sprint at 200 metres but fell on the final straight, when he had a ½-length lead. Apparently, his rear wheel and Henry George's (BEL) front wheel collided, causing the fall. George stayed up and went on to win. Cyril Alden hit Harvey’s fallen bike, and also fell, but was thrown over the line, and finished second, only a few centimetres behind George. Piet Ikelaar (NED) protested that he, and not Alden, had finished second but the protest was not allowed.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Henry George 29 Belgium BEL Gold 1-16:43.2
2 Cyril Alden Great Britain GBR Silver 15 cm. behind
3 Piet Ikelaar 24 Netherlands NED Bronze ¼ wheel behind
4 Ruggero Ferrario 22 Italy ITA ½ length behind
5 Herb McDonald Canada CAN ½ length behind
6 Franco Giorgetti 17 Italy ITA ½ length behind
7 Bill Smith South Africa RSA ¾ length behind
8T Charles Cadron Belgium BEL
8T Gaston Alancourt 32 France FRA
8T Gustave De Schryver Belgium BEL
8T Jock Stewart 36 Great Britain GBR
8T Primo Magnani 28 Italy ITA
8T Thomas Harvey Great Britain GBR fell at finish
AC Jean Michel Majerus 29 Luxembourg LUX DNF [28.8 km.]
AC Willie Beck 20 United States USA DNF [20 km.]
AC Thomas Johnson 33 Great Britain GBR DNF [16 km.]
AC Jack King Australia AUS DNF [4 km.]
AC Félix Dockx Belgium BEL DNF [4 km.]
AC Arie van der Stel 25 Netherlands NED DNF [4 km.]
AC Anthony Young 20 United States USA DNF [4 km.]
AC William Taylor Canada CAN DNF [3.2 km.]
AC Norman Webster 23 Canada CAN DNF [300 m.]
AC Harold Bounsall 22 Canada CAN DNF
AC Courder France FRA DNF
AC Enguerrand France FRA DNF
AC Anton Krijgsman 21 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Willem Ooms 23 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Luigi Gilardi 22 Italy ITA DNF
AC James Walker South Africa RSA DNF
AC Fred Taylor 30 United States USA DNF
AC Frank Small 25 United States USA DNF