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Cycling at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Sant Sadurní Cycling Circuit, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
Date Started: July 26, 1992
Date Finished: July 26, 1992
Format: 81 km. ( miles) mass start race.

Gold: AUS Kathy Watt
Silver: FRA Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli
Bronze: NED Monique Knol

Summary

As always, [Jeannie Longo] of France was the favorite, hoping to win the Olympic gold medal that had eluded her in 1984 and 1988. Strong competition was expected from the Dutch team, which featured defending champion Monique Knol and reigning World Champion Leontien Van Moorsel . However, Knol and Van Moorsel had a personal feud and refused to work for each other during the race. Near the end of the race, Longo rode with a group of 33 riders when she broke away three kilometers from the finish. She stayed away and at first thought she had finally won her gold medal. But due to poor information from the course directors, most of the pack had missed the fact that Australian Kathy Watt had pulled away from the field at the beginning of the final lap. Watt made this break while the pack was catching an earlier break, and it was not noticed. Watt opened up a big lead quickly and stayed away for the entire final circuit to win the gold medal. Watt was a top rider, having won the 1990 Commonwealth Games gold medal, and finishing third that year at the female Giro d’Italia. Longo was second, ahead of defending champion, Monique Knol, who sprinted to the bronze medal ahead of the pack.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Kathy Watt 27 Australia AUS Gold 2-04:42
2 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 33 France FRA Silver at 0:20
3 Monique Knol 28 Netherlands NED Bronze at 0:21
4 Nataliya Kyshchuk 24 Unified Team EUN at 0:21
5 Monica Valvik-Valen 21 Norway NOR at 0:21
6 Jeanne Golay 30 United States USA at 0:21
7 Kathleen Shannon 27 Australia AUS at 0:21
8 Luzia Zberg 22 Switzerland SUI at 0:21
9 Marie Höljer 26 Sweden SWE at 0:21
10 Sally Zack 29 United States USA at 0:21
11 Karina Skibby 27 Denmark DEN at 0:21
12 Alison Sydor 25 Canada CAN at 0:21
13 Jacqui Uttien 27 Australia AUS at 0:21
14 Aiga Zagorska 22 Lithuania LTU at 0:21
15 Kristel Werckx 22 Belgium BEL at 0:21
16 Zinaida Stagurskaya 21 Unified Team EUN at 0:21
17 Valeria Cappellotto 22 Italy ITA at 0:21
18 Laima Zilporytė 25 Lithuania LTU at 0:21
19 Viola Paulitz 25 Germany GER at 0:21
20 Daiva Čepelienė 22 Lithuania LTU at 0:21
21 Catherine Marsal 21 France FRA at 0:21
22 Petra Walczewski 24 Switzerland SUI at 0:21
23 Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 22 Netherlands NED at 0:21
24 Marie Purvis 30 Great Britain GBR at 0:21
25 Tea Vikstedt-Nyman 33 Finland FIN at 0:21
26 Inga Thompson-Benedict 28 United States USA at 0:21
27 Elisabeth Westman 26 Sweden SWE at 0:21
28 Petra Rossner 25 Germany GER at 0:21
29 Petra Grimbergen 22 Netherlands NED at 0:21
30 Joann Burke 22 New Zealand NZL at 0:21
31 Kelly-Ann Way 27 Canada CAN at 0:21
32 Maria Paola Turcutto 27 Italy ITA at 0:21
33 Marion Clignet 28 France FRA at 0:31
34 Ainhoa Artolazábal 20 Spain ESP at 0:31
35 Belén Cuevas 24 Spain ESP at 0:44
36 Maria Hawkins 30 Canada CAN at 0:51
37 Gunhild Ørn 22 Norway NOR at 1:04
38 Madeleine Lindberg 20 Sweden SWE at 1:04
39 Roberta Bonanomi 25 Italy ITA at 1:16
40 Louise Jones 29 Great Britain GBR at 3:31
41 Ingunn Bollerud 19 Norway NOR at 5:00
42 Dori Ruano 23 Spain ESP at 5:00
43 Barbara Heeb 23 Switzerland SUI at 5:00
44 Jutta Niehaus 28 Germany GER at 5:00
45 Sally Hodge 26 Great Britain GBR at 9:28
46 Jackie Martin 20 South Africa RSA at 11:00
47 Yvonne Elkuch 24 Liechtenstein LIE at 16:50
48 Cláudia Carceroni-Saintagne 29 Brazil BRA at 19:10
49 Roz Reekie-May 20 New Zealand NZL at 19:10
50 Yumiko Suzuki 31 Japan JPN at 24:40
51 Éva Izsák 24 Hungary HUN at 24:40
52 Margaret Bean 39 Guam GUM at 24:40
53 Pak Chun-Hwa 24 North Korea PRK at 33:56
54 Kim Gyong-Hui 22 North Korea PRK at 35:01
AC Svetlana Samokhvalova 19 Unified Team EUN DNF
AC Choi In-Ae 23 North Korea PRK DNF
AC Camille Solis 20 Belize BIZ DNF