Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): , Broadmeadows, Victoria
Date Started: December 7, 1956
Date Finished: December 7, 1956
Format: Team scores derived by using top three of four finishers from individual road race. 187.73 km. mass start race (116.6 miles). 11 laps of a 17.0665 km. course.
For the only time in Olympic history, the team road race was decided by point-for-place scores, rather than adding the times of the team’s top three finishing riders. France won with their top riders finishing 2nd, 8th, and 12th, for 22 points, narrowly defeating Great Britain, who had riders placed 3rd, 6th, and 14th for 23 points. This was the last team road race in Olympic history, as it would be replaced in 1960 by a team time trial.