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Cycling at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Garden City Velodrome, Wilrijk, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 12, 1920
Date Finished: August 12, 1920
Format: 175 kilometre time trial, the riders left at four minute intervals from Merksem and rode into Antwerp. The riders rode from Kerksem to Turnhout, and then Molt (96 km.), Heyst-or-dem-Beg (135 km.), Liege, and finished back at Antwerp, three kilometres from the velodrome.

Gold: SWE Harry Stenqvist
Silver: RSA Henry Kaltenbrunn
Bronze: FRA Fernand Canteloube

Summary

The riders rested on 12 August and the road race was held on 13 August. Team and individual event medals were awarded but there was only one race. The race was a 175-kilometre time trial, today an unheard of distance for the race of truth. Derailleurs were not used, all the riders using fixed gears as they had on the track. The course started at Merksem, just outside of Antwerp. The riders rode to Turnhout, and then Molt (96 km.), Heyst-op-den-Berg (135 km.), Lierre, and finished back at Antwerp, 300 metres from the velodrome. In contrast to the track races a huge crowd awaited the riders at the finish.

Many railroad crossings had to be traversed and ofttimes trains stopped the riders. At the finish it was announced that the winner was Henry Kaltenbrunn of South Africa, with Fernand Canteloube of France second, and Harry Stenqvist of Sweden third. The South Africans were exultant and hoisted Kaltenbrun to their shoulders. But time spent while waiting for a train was measured by official judges and this was to be subtracted from a rider’s overall time. Because Stenqvist was delayed 4 minutes and 1 second by trains, this was subtracted from his final time and he was placed first after the adjustment. The South African victory celebration was short-lived.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal AT AT TA
1 Harry Stenqvist 26 Sweden SWE Gold 4-40:01.8 4-44:02.8 4:01.0
2 Henry Kaltenbrunn 22 South Africa RSA Silver 4-41:26.6
3 Fernand Canteloube 19 France FRA Bronze 4-42:54.4
4 Jean Janssens Belgium BEL 4-44:20.6
5 Albert De Bunné 24 Belgium BEL 4-45:23.4
6 Georges Détreille 26 France FRA 4-46:13.4
7 Ragnar Malm 26 Sweden SWE 4-46:22.0
8 Piet Ikelaar 24 Netherlands NED 4-46:54.0
9 Harry Genders 30 Great Britain GBR 4-50:23.6
10 Achille Souchard 19 France FRA 4-51:56.0
11 Christian Johansen Denmark DEN 4-52:00.2
12 Axel Wilhelm Persson 32 Sweden SWE 4-53:43.6
13 Ernest Kockler 27 United States USA 4-55:12.2
14 Marcel Gobillot 20 France FRA 4-55:39.6
15 André Vercruysse Belgium BEL 4-55:41.4
16 Federico Gay 23 Italy ITA 4-57:21.8 4-58:24.6 1:02.8
17 Arnold Lundgren 21 Denmark DEN 4-58:01.0
18 Leon Meredith 38 Great Britain GBR 4-58:55.6 5-00:58.2 2:02.6
19 Kristian Frisch 28 Denmark DEN 5-01:18.8
20 Ahrensborg Claussen 24 Denmark DEN 5-02:12.2
21 Pietro Bestetti 21 Italy ITA 5-02:15.0
22 Sigfrid Lundberg 25 Sweden SWE 5-03:02.6
23 Albert Wyckmans 22 Belgium BEL 5-03:19.0
24 Camillo Arduino 24 Italy ITA 5-05:26.8 5-10:11.8 4:45.0
25 Nico de Jong 32 Netherlands NED 5-06:46.6
26 Dave Marsh 25 Great Britain GBR 5-09:23.6
27 Arie van der Stel 25 Netherlands NED 5-12:42.6
28 Helge Fladby 25 Norway NOR 5-12:50.2
29 Paul Henrichsen 26 Norway NOR 5-13:23.2
30 August Nogara 24 United States USA 5-20:08.0
31 Herb McDonald Canada CAN 5-20:34.6
32 Dante Ghindani 20 Italy ITA 5-21:50.4
33 Piet Kloppenburg 23 Netherlands NED 5-22:16.0
34 Josef Procházka Czechoslovakia TCH 5-23:31.4
35 Olaf Nygaard 25 Norway NOR 5-24:56.6
36 Ladislav Janoušek Czechoslovakia TCH 5-29:23.4
37 James Freeman 29 United States USA 5-29:26.2 5-32:28.0 3:01.8
38 Percy Martin Canada CAN 5-30:16.2
39 František Kundert 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 5-38:07.0
40 Bohumil Rameš 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 5-39:00.0
41 Thorstein Stryken 19 Norway NOR 5-44:01.8
42 John Otto 19 United States USA 5-47:50.2
AC Norman Webster 23 Canada CAN DNF
AC Harold Bounsall 22 Canada CAN DNF
AC Edward Newell Great Britain GBR DNF [135 km.]
AC James Walker South Africa RSA DNF