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Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Windsor Great Park, Windsor
Date Started: August 13, 1948
Date Finished: August 13, 1948
Format: 194.633 km. mass start race.

Gold: FRA José Beyaert
Silver: NED Gerrit Voorting
Bronze: BEL Lode Wouters

Summary

Under the shadow of Windsor Castle, the race was 17 laps in Windsor Great Park of a relatively flat 11.45 km. course. The event had not originally been intended for Windsor, but was to be held at Richmond Park in Surrey. However, a law was discovered that prohibited any activity there at more than 20 miles per hour, so the event had to be moved to Windsor. The race started in a torrential downpour, which limited the spectators who braved the weather. The biggest problem with the course was the loose gravel roads, which caused over 100 punctures in all.

It was difficult to pick a favorite as international racing had been stalled by the war. The 1947 World Championships had been won by Sweden’s Harry Snell, who raced at Windsor, but trailed in only in 18th place. On the second lap of the race, three riders, Nils Johansson, Gerrit Voorting, and Henk Faanhof, dropped the peleton. Johansson punctured on the 9th lap and was caught by the pack. On the 12th lap, a group of nine riders caught the leading pair. Two punctures and a crash left a group of eight leading riders to contest the final lap. On the last lap, shortly before the top of Breakheart Hill, a short climb of no more than 25 metres elevation, José Beyaerts broke away and opened up a gap of eight bike lengths with less than 800 metres remaining. He was not caught and won the gold medal, with Voorting outsprinting the group to win the silver medal. In 1947 Beyaert had won Paris-Briare, and finished eighth at the World Championships. He had only finished third in the French selection race for the 1948 Olympics, but he had had a solid year, finishing second at Paris-Cayeux, Paris-Briare, and Paris-Saint-Valéry.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 José Beyaert 22 France FRA Gold 5-18:12.6
2 Gerrit Voorting 25 Netherlands NED Silver at 0:03.6
3 Lode Wouters 19 Belgium BEL Bronze at 0:03.6
4 Leon De Lathouwer 18 Belgium BEL at 0:03.6
5 Nils Johansson 28 Sweden SWE at 0:03.6
6 Bob Maitland 24 Great Britain GBR at 0:03.6
7 Jack Hoobin 21 Australia AUS at 0:05.6
8 Tiny Thomas 26 Great Britain GBR at 0:05.6
9 Adolfo Ferrari 23 Italy ITA at 3:32.4
10 Silvio Pedroni 30 Italy ITA at 3:32.4
11 Alain Moineau 20 France FRA at 3:32.4
12 Eugène Van Roosbroeck 20 Belgium BEL at 3:32.4
13 Jakob Schenk 27 Switzerland SUI at 3:32.4
14 Rudi Valenta 27 Austria AUT at 6:35.4
15 Jean Brun 21 Switzerland SUI at 8:41.4
16 Ian Scott Great Britain GBR at 8:44.6
17 Jacques Dupont 20 France FRA at 10:09.2
18 Harry Snell 31 Sweden SWE at 10:09.6
19 Franco Fanti 24 Italy ITA at 11:22.6
20 Livio Isotti 21 Italy ITA at 12:56.0
21 Ceferino Peroné Argentina ARG at 15:02.8
22 Dante Benvenuti 23 Argentina ARG at 15:02.8
23 Miguel Sevillano 19 Argentina ARG at 15:02.8
24 Åke Olivestedt 24 Sweden SWE at 15:35.6
25 Walter Reiser 24 Switzerland SUI at 16:12.6
26 Russell Mockridge 20 Australia AUS at 21:42.0
27 Kristian Pedersen 27 Denmark DEN at 21:44.6
28 Knud Andersen 26 Denmark DEN at 21:44.6
AC Mario Mathieu 31 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Ken Caves 21 Australia AUS DNF
AC Jim Nestor 28 Australia AUS DNF
AC Hans Goldschmid 34 Austria AUT DNF
AC Siegmund Huber 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Josef Pohnetal 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Liévin Lerno 20 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Laddie Lewis Guyana GUY DNF
AC Lorne Atkinson 27 Canada CAN DNF
AC Florent Jodoin 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Lance Pugh Canada CAN DNF
AC Laurent Tessier 19 Canada CAN DNF
AC Rafael Iturrate Chile CHI DNF
AC Mario Masanés 20 Chile CHI DNF
AC Exequiel Ramírez 23 Chile CHI DNF
AC Rogelio Salcedo 23 Chile CHI DNF
AC Børge Saxil Nielsen 28 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Rudolf Rasmussen 30 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Paul Backman 27 Finland FIN DNF
AC Torvald Högström 22 Finland FIN DNF
AC Erkki Koskinen 22 Finland FIN DNF
AC René Rouffeteau 22 France FRA DNF
AC Ernie Clements 26 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Manthos Kaloudis Greece GRE DNF
AC Vangelis Kouvelis Greece GRE DNF
AC Petros Leonidis Greece GRE DNF
AC Henk Faanhof 25 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Evert Grift 26 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Piet Peters 26 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Malcolm Havladar India IND DNF
AC Raj Kumar Mehra 30 India IND DNF
AC Eruch Mistry India IND DNF
AC Homi Powri India IND DNF
AC Hwang San-Ung South Korea KOR DNF
AC Gwon Ik-Hyeon 28 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Robert Bintz 18 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Marcel Ernzer 22 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Henri Kellen 21 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Pitty Scheer 22 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Placido Herrera Mexico MEX DNF
AC Francisco Rodríguez 32 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Gabino Rodríguez Mexico MEX DNF
AC Manuel Solis Mexico MEX DNF
AC Nick Carter 23 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Lorang Christiansen 31 Norway NOR DNF
AC Leif Flengsrud 25 Norway NOR DNF
AC Erling Kristiansen 24 Norway NOR DNF
AC Aage Myhrvold 29 Norway NOR DNF
AC Wazir Ali 20 Pakistan PAK DNF
AC Hernán Llerena 19 Peru PER DNF
AC Pedro Mathey 20 Peru PER DNF
AC Luis Poggi Peru PER DNF
AC Dirkie Binneman 29 South Africa RSA DNF
AC George Estman 25 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Wally Rivers 26 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Olle Wänlund 24 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Giovanni Rossi 22 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Ali Çetiner 23 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Mustafa Osmanlı 28 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Orhan Suda 32 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Talat Tunçalp 28 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Frank Brilando 23 United States USA DNF
AC Ed Lynch 19 United States USA DNF
AC Chester Nelsen, Jr. 25 United States USA DNF
AC Wendell Rollins 31 United States USA DNF
AC Waldemar Bernatzky 27 Uruguay URU DNF
AC Enrique Demarco 24 Uruguay URU DNF
AC Mario Figueredo 21 Uruguay URU DNF
AC Luis López Uruguay URU DNF
AC Milan Poredski Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC August Prosenik 32 Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC Aleksandar Strain 29 Yugoslavia YUG DNF
AC Aleksandar Zorić Yugoslavia YUG DNF