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Cycling at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Avus North Curve, Berlin
Date Started: August 10, 1936
Date Finished: August 10, 1936
Format: 100 kilometre mass start race.

Gold: FRA Robert Charpentier
Silver: FRA Guy Lapébie
Bronze: SUI Ernst Nievergelt

Summary

This was the first time that the cycling road race was conducted as a mass start event. The race started and at 8 AM at the North Curve of the Avus motor racing circuit, with the finish line drawn there as well. The course was an out-and-back one over relatively flat roads, and it was not difficult enough to break apart most of the peleton. There were a number of crashes during the race. Many riders used the innovative three-speed bikes, but several of the Peruvian riders had trouble controlling their bikes with these and caused at least one major crash. Some 40 riders sprinted for victory in the final metres, with France’s Robert Charpentier defeating his countryman Guy Lapébie by a bike length. They led the French team to an easy victory in the team road race. Behind them, the German officials had trouble placing the remaining cyclists, and a large group of cyclists was placed in 16th position. There was another large crash only a few yards from the finish line, which took down about 20 riders, several of whom could not finish.

Charpentier had been runner-up at the 1935 World Championships. He turned professional but with little success, and his career was interrupted by World War II. Lapébie fared better as a pro, finishing third in the 1948 Tour de France, and competing thru 1952. His older brother, Roger Lapébie, was a well-known pro, and won the 1937 Tour de France.

The 1936 Official Report does not list any riders as did not finish, but it appears several of the riders did not complete the course. We have been able to find information on some of these from other sources, but it is possible that some of the riders we list as having finished did not actually complete the course.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Robert Charpentier 20 France FRA Gold 2-33:05.0
2 Guy Lapébie 19 France FRA Silver 2-33:05.2
3 Ernst Nievergelt 26 Switzerland SUI Bronze 2-33:05.8
4T Fritz Scheller 21 Germany GER 2-33:06.0
4T Charles Holland 27 Great Britain GBR 2-33:06.0
4T Robert Dorgebray 20 France FRA 2-33:06.0
7 Pierino Favalli 22 Italy ITA 2-33:06.2
8T Auguste Garrebeek 24 Belgium BEL 2-33:06.6
8T Armand Putzeyse 19 Belgium BEL 2-33:06.6
8T Talat Tunçalp 17 Turkey TUR 2-33:06.6
11 Edgar Buchwalder 20 Switzerland SUI 2-33:07.0
12T Frode Sørensen 24 Denmark DEN 2-33:07.2
12T August Prosenik 20 Yugoslavia YUG 2-33:07.2
14 Kurt Ott 23 Switzerland SUI 2-33:07.6
15 Glauco Servadei 23 Italy ITA 2-33:07.8
16T Tassy Johnson 19 Australia AUS 2-33:08.0
16T Virgilius Altmann 23 Austria AUT 2-33:08.0
16T Hans Höfner 23 Austria AUT 2-33:08.0
16T Eugen Schnalek 25 Austria AUT 2-33:08.0
16T Jean-François Van Der Motte 22 Belgium BEL 2-33:08.0
16T Kanyo Dzhambazov 25 Bulgaria BUL 2-33:08.0
16T Arne Petersen 23 Denmark DEN 2-33:08.0
16T Thor Porko 31 Finland FIN 2-33:08.0
16T Jean Goujon 22 France FRA 2-33:08.0
16T János Bognár 22 Hungary HUN 2-33:08.0
16T István Liszkay 23 Hungary HUN 2-33:08.0
16T Corrado Ardizzoni 20 Italy ITA 2-33:08.0
16T Jacques Majerus 20 Luxembourg LUX 2-33:08.0
16T Franz Neuens 23 Luxembourg LUX 2-33:08.0
16T Nico van Gageldonk 23 Netherlands NED 2-33:08.0
16T Wacław Starzyński 25 Poland POL 2-33:08.0
16T Stanisław Zieliński 24 Poland POL 2-33:08.0
16T Hennie Binneman 22 South Africa RSA 2-33:08.0
16T Gottlieb Weber 26 Switzerland SUI 2-33:08.0
16T Arne Berg 26 Sweden SWE 2-33:08.0
16T Josef Lošek 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 2-33:08.0
16T Franjo Gartner 31 Yugoslavia YUG 2-33:08.0
AC Mārtiņš Mazūrs 28 Latvia LAT 2-37:08.0e
AC Arvīds Immermanis 23 Latvia LAT 2-52:08.0e
AC Aleksejs Jurjevs 26 Latvia LAT 2-52:08.0e
AC Jānis Vītols 25 Latvia LAT 2-52:08.0e
AC Chris Wheeler 22 Australia AUS no time
AC Karl Kühn 32 Austria AUT no time
AC Jef Lowagie 32 Belgium BEL no time
AC Dertônio Ferrer 39 Brazil BRA no time
AC José Magnani 23 Brazil BRA no time
AC Hermógenes Netto 22 Brazil BRA no time
AC Nikola Nenov 28 Bulgaria BUL no time
AC Aleksandar Nikolov 23 Bulgaria BUL no time
AC Gennadi Simov 29 Bulgaria BUL no time
AC Lionel Coleman 18 Canada CAN no time
AC George Crompton 22 Canada CAN no time
AC Rusty Peden 20 Canada CAN no time
AC George Turner Canada CAN no time
AC Jesús Chousal 25 Chile CHI no time
AC Jorge Guerra 22 Chile CHI no time
AC Rafael Montero 23 Chile CHI no time
AC Manuel Riquelme 24 Chile CHI no time
AC Knud Jacobsen 22 Denmark DEN no time
AC Tage Møller 22 Denmark DEN no time
AC Tauno Lindgren 24 Finland FIN no time
AC Jackie Bone 21 Great Britain GBR no time
AC Willi Meurer 20 Germany GER no time
AC Fritz Ruland 22 Germany GER no time
AC Emil Schöpflin 26 Germany GER no time
AC István Adorján 22 Hungary HUN no time
AC Károly Nemes-Nótás 24 Hungary HUN no time
AC Elio Bavutti 22 Italy ITA no time
AC Adolf Schreiber 22 Liechtenstein LIE no time
AC Paul Frantz 21 Luxembourg LUX no time
AC Rudy Houtsch 20 Luxembourg LUX no time
AC René van Hove 21 Netherlands NED no time
AC George Giles 22 New Zealand NZL no time
AC Manuel Bacigalupo 19 Peru PER no time
AC Gregorio Caloggero 19 Peru PER no time
AC José Mazzini 26 Peru PER no time
AC César Peñaranda 21 Peru PER no time
AC Mieczysław Kapiak 24 Poland POL no time
AC Wiktor Olecki 26 Poland POL no time
AC Ted Clayton 25 South Africa RSA no time
AC Berndt Carlsson 29 Sweden SWE no time
AC Ingvar Ericsson 22 Sweden SWE no time
AC Vilém Jakl 21 Czechoslovakia TCH no time
AC Hans Leutelt 21 Czechoslovakia TCH no time
AC Miloslav Loos 22 Czechoslovakia TCH no time
AC Kirkor Canbazyan 24 Turkey TUR no time
AC Kazım Bingen 24 Turkey TUR no time
AC Orhan Suda 20 Turkey TUR no time
AC Albert Byrd 20 United States USA no time
AC Charles Morton 19 United States USA no time
AC Paul Nixon 22 United States USA no time
AC John Sinibaldi 22 United States USA no time
AC Josip Pokupec 22 Yugoslavia YUG no time
AC Ivan Valant 26 Yugoslavia YUG no time
AC Bill Messer 21 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Alick Bevan 21 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Gerrit Schulte 20 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Philippus Vethaak 21 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Sven Johansson 22 Sweden SWE DNF