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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)


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.