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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Mountainbike Course, Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: July 30, 1996
Format: 48.7 km. (30.3 miles).

Gold: NED Bart Brentjens
Silver: SUI Thomas Frischknecht
Bronze: FRA Miguel Martinez

Summary

This was the Olympic début for mountain biking at the Olympics. World Championships had been conducted since 1990, with American Ned Overend winning the first title in Durango, Colorado. Denmark’s Henrik Djernis won the world title in 1992-94, but did not compete in Atlanta. The 1995 World Champion was Bart Brentjens (NED), and he was favored along with Switzerland’s Thomas Frischknecht, runner-up at the three first World Championships, and he would win the world title later in 1996. Brentjens took an immediate lead in the race, as he and Italy’s Luca Bramati broke away early. But Brentjens broke Bramati by the halfway point, and Brentjen pulled away to an easy victory, winning by over 2½ minutes from Frischknecht.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Bart Brentjens 27 Netherlands NED Gold 2-17:38
2 Thomas Frischknecht 26 Switzerland SUI Silver at 2:36
3 Miguel Martinez 20 France FRA Bronze at 2:58
4 Christophe Dupouey 27 France FRA at 7:25
5 Daniele Pontoni 29 Italy ITA at 7:30
6 José Andrés Brenes 31 Costa Rica CRC at 8:13
7 Lennie Kristensen 28 Denmark DEN at 8:24
8 Luca Bramati 27 Italy ITA at 8:27
9 Cadel Evans 19 Australia AUS at 8:37
10 Ralph Berner 28 Germany GER at 10:07
11 Rune Høydahl 26 Norway NOR at 10:38
12 Gary Foord 25 Great Britain GBR at 11:32
13 Warren Sallenback 30 Canada CAN at 12:19
14 Beat Wabel 29 Switzerland SUI at 14:39
15 David Baker 30 Great Britain GBR at 14:52
16 Rob Woods 28 Australia AUS at 15:36
17 Roel Paulissen 20 Belgium BEL at 16:15
18 Jan Østergaard 35 Denmark DEN at 16:52
19 Tinker Juarez 35 United States USA at 17:37
20 Don Myrah 30 United States USA at 18:12
21 Roger Persson 22 Sweden SWE at 19:39
22 Jokin Mújika 33 Spain ESP at 23:37
23 Jhon Arias 27 Colombia COL at 24:26
24 Radovan Fořt 31 Czech Republic CZE at 25:05
25 Martin Earley 34 Ireland IRL at 26:18
26 Kyoshi Miura 35 Japan JPN at 27:25
27 Márcio Ravelli 24 Brazil BRA at 27:38
28 Ernst Denifl 34 Austria AUT at 27:56
29 Marek Galiński 21 Poland POL at 28:16
30 Peter Hric 31 Slovakia SVK at 28:44
31 Andreas Hestler 26 Canada CAN at 29:07
32 Alister Martin 31 Ireland IRL at 30:08
33 Pavel Camrda 27 Czech Republic CZE at 31:31
34 Juan Arias 31 Colombia COL at 33:06
35 Ivanir Lopes 24 Brazil BRA at 35:51
36 Sławomir Barul 31 Poland POL at 36:18
AC Latauro Chávez 30 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Rory Gonsalves 17 Antigua and Barbuda ANT DNF
AC Alges Maasikmets 27 Estonia EST DNF
AC Mike Kluge 33 Germany GER DNF
AC Roberto Lezaun 28 Spain ESP DNF
AC Marcel Arntz 30 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Peter Van Den Abeele 30 Belgium BEL DNF