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Cycling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980
Events: 6

Participants: 230 (230 men and 0 women) from 34 countries
Youngest Participant: SMR Roberto Tomassini (17 years, 361 days)
Oldest Participant: ETH Haile Micael Kedir (35 years, 316 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 37 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (6 medals)

Overview

The track program for 1980 was exactly the same as in 1976 – kilometer time trial, match sprint, individual pursuit, and team pursuit. These were conducted at the Olympic Velodrome, again an indoor velodrome as in 1976, with a 333.33 metre wooden-surface track. The individual road race was a mass start race of 189 km., over the cycling circuit in Krylatskoye. The team time trial was 100 km., with four-man teams, raced from Moskva to Minsk. The American-led boycott had little effect on the track races. Normally, the same would be true of the road races. But in 1979 the World Junior Champion was a certain Greg LeMond, who would have been one of the favorites in the road race at Moskva. LeMond never got a chance to ride in the Olympics, but became one of the great professional riders, and the first great American roadie, winning the Tour de France in 1986, 1989, and 1990.

Medalists