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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Individual Time Trial

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Buckhead Cycling Course, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 3, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996
Format: 52.2 km. (32.4 miles).

Gold: ESP Miguel Induráin
Silver: ESP Abraham Olano
Bronze: GBR Chris Boardman

Summary

The men’s road race had been conducted as an individual time trial from 1912 thru 1932, when it was switched to a mass start race. But in 1994, the World Championships added an individual road time trial, based on the popularity of the individual time trial stages held at the major Tours, such as the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. The Olympic Program in 1996 also added this race, dropping the team time trial. The favorite was Spain’s Miguel Induráin. Induráin had competed in the Olympic road race in 1984, but failed to finish. He turned professional in 1985, but struggled at his first few attempts in the Tour de France. Finally, in 1991 he won the Tour, and he would then win it from 1991-95, only the fourth five-time winner of the Tour, and the first to do it five times consecutively. Induráin’s specialty was the individual time trial, the contre la montre to the French, but also known as the “Race of Truth,” because it so often determined the champion in major stage races.

In 1996, Induráin finally was defeated at the Tour de France, placing 11th behind Denmark’s Bjarne Riis. He was going to skip the Olympics, citing fatigue, until a special appeal from IOC President [Juan Antonio Samaranch]. The early leader in the race was Chris Boardman, gold medalist in 1992 in the individual pursuit. The next-to-last to start was Abraham Olano, World Champion in 1995 on the road. He surpassed Boardman’s time and took the lead. Induráin went off last and was ahead of Boardman’s leading splits at all the early marks and won, besting Olano’s time by 12 seconds, with Boardman winning the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Miguel Induráin 32 Spain ESP Gold 1-04:05
2 Abraham Olano 26 Spain ESP Silver at 0:12
3 Chris Boardman 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze at 0:31
4 Maurizio Fondriest 31 Italy ITA at 0:56
5 Tony Rominger 35 Switzerland SUI at 2:00
6 Lance Armstrong 24 United States USA at 2:23
7 Alex Zülle 28 Switzerland SUI at 2:28
8 Patrick Jonker 27 Australia AUS at 2:49
9 Dariusz Baranowski 24 Poland POL at 3:03
10 Michael Rich 26 Germany GER at 3:03
11 Erik Dekker 25 Netherlands NED at 3:03
12 Uwe Peschel 27 Germany GER at 3:28
13 Laurent Jalabert 27 France FRA at 3:29
14 Bjarne Riis 32 Denmark DEN at 3:42
15 Yevgeny Berzin 26 Russia RUS at 3:48
16 Steve Hegg 32 United States USA at 4:24
17 Erik Breukink 32 Netherlands NED at 4:28
18 Jan Karlsson 30 Sweden SWE at 4:47
19 Francesco Casagrande 25 Italy ITA at 5:13
20 Laurent Brochard 28 France FRA at 5:17
21 Artūras Kasputis 29 Lithuania LTU at 5:34
22 Tomasz Brożyna 25 Poland POL at 5:43
23 Stephen Hodge 35 Australia AUS at 5:54
24 Johan Bruyneel 31 Belgium BEL at 6:07
25 Antón Villatoro 26 Guatemala GUA at 6:29
26 Eric Wohlberg 31 Canada CAN at 6:31
27 Ruslan Ivanov 22 Moldova MDA at 6:50
28 Remigijus Lupeikis 27 Lithuania LTU at 6:58
29 Dubán Ramírez 30 Colombia COL at 7:13
30 Jesús Zárate 21 Mexico MEX at 7:37
31 Miroslav Lipták 27 Slovakia SVK at 8:23
32 Robert Pintarič 31 Slovenia SLO at 8:30
33 Igor Bonciucov 23 Moldova MDA at 8:43
34 Milan Dvorščík 26 Slovakia SVK at 8:49
35 Hernandes Quadri Júnior 28 Brazil BRA at 10:07
36 Valdir Lermen 19 Brazil BRA at 10:43
37 Javier Zapata 26 Colombia COL at 11:04
AC Michael Andersson 29 Sweden SWE DNF