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Cycling at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Team

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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.

Gold: FRA France
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: GER Germany

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal TP
1 France FRA Gold 22
2 Great Britain GBR Silver 23
3 Germany GER Bronze 27
4 Italy ITA 36
5 Sweden SWE 47
6 Soviet Union URS 63
7 Belgium BEL 89
8 Colombia COL 92
9 Ethiopia ETH 99
AC Australia AUS DNF
AC Austria AUT DNF
AC Canada CAN DNF
AC Mexico MEX DNF
AC Pakistan PAK DNF
AC South Africa RSA DNF
AC Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Uruguay URU DNF
AC United States USA DNF
AC Venezuela VEN DNF
AC South Vietnam VNM DNF