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Cycling at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Hachioji Road Race Course, Hachioji, Tokyo
Date Started: October 22, 1964
Date Finished: October 22, 1964
Format: 194.832 km. mass start race. Eight laps of 24.354 km. course.

Gold: ITA Mario Zanin
Silver: DEN Kjell Rodian
Bronze: BEL Walter Godefroot

Summary

The course of the 1964 road race began in front of the Takao Train Station, and comprised eight laps of a 24.354 km. course, making the final distance 194.832 km. The course featured a fairly steep, but short, climb of 65 metres at the 11th km., followed by a short descent, and then a mild climb over the next few kilometers. However, the course was not really difficult enough to break apart the peleton. In addition, it was held in a heavy rain, which slowed the pace somewhat.

The Amateur Road Race World Championships had been won in 1961 by Jean Jourden (FRA), in 1962-63 by Italy’s Renato Bongioni and Flaviano Vicentini, respectively. But none of these three entered the Olympic Road Race, both Italians having turned pro. Earlier in 1964, the 1964 World Championship was won by the young Belgian rider, Eddy Merckx.

The relatively easy course kept the pack mostly together throughout the race. Of the 132 starters, 107 finished, and the first 99 riders crossed the finishing line together. A few break-outs occurred, but the last of those ended 15 km from the finish, Merckx tried to get away with 1.5 km to go, but only managed a gap of some 20 m before getting caught by the pack. The two leaders of the sprint-out were Italy’s Mario Zanin and Denmark’s Kjell Rodian, with Zanin narrowly edging Rodian to win the gold medal.

Eddy Merckx was right there at the finish but the great Belgian rider was not a strong enough sprinter to win the race, and he finished 12th. His time would come. Merckx turned professional in April 1965 and became the greatest rider in the professional peleton, and is usually considered the greatest cyclist of all-time. He was later nicknamed “The Cannibal” for his aggressive riding style and never-ending hunger for victories, which helped him win 5 Tours de France, 5 Giros d’Italia, 3 World Professional Road titles, and multiple wins in the one-day classics.

The results of the 1964 road race are somewhat in dispute. The 1964 Official Report and 1964 Official Results both list “all” finishers, but they only agree in the first 35 places. In fact, the Report only lists 86 finishers while the Results lists 107 finishers. We have consulted multiple sources to try to make sense of this problem, including contacting national federations and some of the riders involved in the race. We believe that the following results are an accurate representation of the finishers, but recognize that this problem may not be fully resolved.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Mario Zanin 24 Italy ITA Gold 4-39:51.63
2 Kjell Rodian 22 Denmark DEN Silver at 0:00.02
3 Walter Godefroot 21 Belgium BEL Bronze at 0:00.11
4 Ray Bilney 18 Australia AUS at 0:00.11
5 José Manuel López 24 Spain ESP at 0:00.11
6 Wilfried Peffgen 22 Germany GER at 0:00.11
7 Gösta Pettersson 23 Sweden SWE at 0:00.11
8 Delmo Delmastro 28 Argentina ARG at 0:00.11
9 Roberto Breppe 23 Argentina ARG at 0:00.11
10 Laurence Byers 23 New Zealand NZL at 0:00.11
11 Erik Pettersson 20 Sweden SWE at 0:00.11
12 Eddy Merckx 19 Belgium BEL at 0:00.11
13 Jan Kudra 27 Poland POL at 0:00.11
14 Michael Hollingsworth 20 Australia AUS at 0:00.11
15 Ole Højlund Pedersen 21 Denmark DEN at 0:00.11
16 Hans Lüthi 25 Switzerland SUI at 0:00.11
17 Richard Johnstone 28 New Zealand NZL at 0:00.11
18 Roger Swerts 21 Belgium BEL at 0:00.11
19 Johny Schleck 21 Luxembourg LUX at 0:00.11
20 Bart Zoet 21 Netherlands NED at 0:00.11
21 Flemming Gleerup Hansen 20 Denmark DEN at 0:00.11
22 Daniel Gráč 21 Czechoslovakia TCH at 0:00.11
23 José Manuel Lasa 24 Spain ESP at 0:00.11
24 János Juszkó 25 Hungary HUN at 0:00.11
25 Colin Lewis 23 Great Britain GBR at 0:00.11
26 Terry West 25 Great Britain GBR at 0:00.11
27 Gerben Karstens 22 Netherlands NED at 0:00.11
28 Severino Andreoli 23 Italy ITA at 0:00.11
29 Burkhard Ebert 22 Germany GER at 0:00.12
30 Erwin Jaisli 27 Switzerland SUI at 0:00.12
31 Derek Harrison 20 Great Britain GBR at 0:00.12
32 Mariano Díaz 25 Spain ESP at 0:00.12
33 Felice Gimondi 22 Italy ITA at 0:00.13
34 Jorge Mariné 23 Spain ESP at 0:00.13
35 András Mészáros 23 Hungary HUN at 0:00.13
36 Chow Kwong Man 20 Hong Kong HKG at 0:00.13
37 Masashi Omiya 26 Japan JPN at 0:00.13
38 Jos Boons 21 Belgium BEL at 0:00.13
39 Louis Pfenninger 19 Switzerland SUI at 0:00.13
40 Harry Steevens 19 Netherlands NED at 0:00.13
41 Gaynan Saydkhuzhin 27 Soviet Union URS at 0:00.14
42 Jan Pieterse 21 Netherlands NED at 0:00.14
43 Yanjingiin Baatar 24 Mongolia MGL at 0:00.14
44 Jan Magiera 26 Poland POL at 0:00.14
45 Ricardo Vázquez 32 Uruguay URU at 0:00.15
46 Martín Rodríguez 22 Colombia COL at 0:00.15
47 Antal Megyerdi 24 Hungary HUN at 0:00.15
48 Francisco Pérez 30 Uruguay URU at 0:00.15
49 Rubén Placanica 21 Argentina ARG at 0:00.16
50 Sven Hamrin 23 Sweden SWE at 0:00.16
51 Mike Cowley 22 Great Britain GBR at 0:00.16
52 Sture Pettersson 22 Sweden SWE at 0:00.16
53 Francis Bazire 25 France FRA at 0:00.17
54 Immo Rittmeyer 28 Germany GER at 0:00.17
55 Pablo Hernández 24 Colombia COL at 0:00.17
56 Anatoly Olizarenko 28 Soviet Union URS at 0:00.17
57 Gabriel Moiceanu 30 Romania ROU at 0:00.17
58 Constantin Ciocan 21 Romania ROU at 0:00.18
59 Ion Cosma 27 Romania ROU at 0:00.18
60 Yury Melikhov 27 Soviet Union URS at 0:00.18
61 Des Thomson 22 New Zealand NZL at 0:00.18
62 Aleksey Petrov 27 Soviet Union URS at 0:00.18
63 Hans Heinemann 24 Switzerland SUI at 0:00.19
64 Vid Cencic 31 Uruguay URU at 0:00.19
65 David Humphreys 27 Australia AUS at 0:00.19
66 Max Grace 21 New Zealand NZL at 0:00.20
67 Jiří Daler 24 Czechoslovakia TCH at 0:00.20
68 Malcolm McCredie 22 Australia AUS at 0:00.20
69 Rubén Darío Gómez 24 Colombia COL at 0:00.20
70 František Řezáč 21 Czechoslovakia TCH at 0:00.20
71 Jan Smolík 21 Czechoslovakia TCH at 0:00.20
72 Stephen Lim 21 Malaysia MAS at 0:00.20
73 Arturo Romeo 22 Philippines PHI at 0:00.20
74 Ole Ritter 23 Denmark DEN at 0:00.20
75 John Allis 22 United States USA at 0:00.20
76 Phạm Văn Sau 25 South Vietnam VNM at 0:00.20
77 Andrzej Bławdzin 26 Poland POL at 0:00.20
78 Günter Hoffmann 25 Germany GER at 0:00.20
79 Mikael Saglimbeni 23 Ethiopia ETH at 0:00.20
80 Lucien Aimar 23 France FRA at 0:00.20
81 Mashallah Amin Sorour 33 Iran IRI at 0:00.20
82 Rajmund Zieliński 24 Poland POL at 0:00.20
83 László Mahó 23 Hungary HUN at 0:00.20
84 Teófilo Toda 29 Peru PER at 0:00.20
85 Luvsangiin Erkhemjamts 21 Mongolia MGL at 0:00.20
86 Her Jong-Chau 18 Chinese Taipei TPE at 0:00.20
87 Shue Ming-Shu 24 Chinese Taipei TPE at 0:00.20
88 Gheorghe Bădără 23 Romania ROU at 0:00.20
89 Tarwon Jirapan 25 Thailand THA at 0:00.20
90 Trần Văn Nen 37 South Vietnam VNM at 0:00.20
91 Pakdi Chillananda 18 Thailand THA at 0:00.20
92 Chow Kwong Choi 20 Hong Kong HKG at 0:00.20
93 Melesio Soto 22 Mexico MEX at 0:00.20
94 Bernard Guyot 18 France FRA at 0:00.20
95 Christian Raymond 20 France FRA at 0:00.20
96 Edy Schütz 23 Luxembourg LUX at 0:00.20
97 Daniel Olivares 24 Philippines PHI at 0:00.20
98 Cornelio Padilla 17 Philippines PHI at 0:00.20
99 Sayed Esmail Hosseini 22 Iran IRI at 0:00.20
100 Michael Hiltner 23 United States USA at 20:02.37
101 Akbar Poudeh 32 Iran IRI at 20:07.37
102 Wilde Baridón 23 Uruguay URU at 21:58.37
103 Luvsangiin Buudai 24 Mongolia MGL at 22:05.37
104 Francisco Coronel 22 Mexico MEX at 22:23.37
105 Hiroshi Yamao 20 Japan JPN at 30:48.37
106 Toshiro Akamatsu 23 Japan JPN at 47:18.37
107 Lee Seon-Bae 25 South Korea KOR at 47:24.37
AC An Byeong-Hun 24 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Chainarong Sophonpong 20 Thailand THA DNF
AC Davoud Akhlagi 20 Iran IRI DNF
AC Deng Chueng-Hwai 23 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Ferruccio Manza 21 Italy ITA DNF
AC Fisihasion Ghebreyesus 23 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Heriberto Díaz 22 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Hwang Chang-Sik 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Raymond Castilloux 19 United States USA DNF
AC Mario Escobar 24 Colombia COL DNF
AC Michael Andrew 21 Malaysia MAS DNF
AC Norberto Arceo 21 Philippines PHI DNF
AC Choijiljavyn Samand 27 Mongolia MGL DNF
AC Suleman Ambaye 29 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Hamid Supaat 19 Malaysia MAS DNF
AC Tom Montemage 37 United States USA DNF
AC Vitool Charernratana 22 Thailand THA DNF
AC Wi Gyeong-Yong 24 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Yemane Negassi 18 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Zain Safar-ud-Din 26 Malaysia MAS DQ
AC Nguyễn Văn Khoi South Vietnam VNM DQ
AC Masanori Tsuji 18 Japan JPN DQ
AC Moises López 24 Mexico MEX DQ
AC Mok Sau Hei 23 Hong Kong HKG DQ
AC Nguyễn Văn Ngan 21 South Vietnam VNM DQ