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Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Buckhead Cycling Course, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 31, 1996
Date Finished: July 31, 1996
Format: 221.85 km. (137.85 miles) mass start race.

Gold: SUI Pascal Richard
Silver: DEN Rolf Sørensen
Bronze: GBR Max Sciandri

Summary

For the first time at the Olympics, all the top professional riders were allowed to compete. This caused some changes to the road race especially. The race was longer, at 221.85 km., more in keeping with the length of professional classics. And each nation was allowed to have five riders, rather than the standard three, to allow the nations’ teams to work together more, similar to the professional peleton. It was difficult to choose a favorite for the race. Spain’s [Miguel Induráin], who had won the Tour de France was in the race, his first Olympic appearance since 1984. But he had lost the 1996 Tour de France, and was not a great sprinter or classics rider. The race came down to a three-man break, consisting of Pascal Richard (FRA), Rolf Sørensen (DEN), and Max Sciandri (GBR), who got away with 33 km. remaining. Richard won the sprint for the gold medal. The Americans had hoped for a medal on their home course, but had to settle for fourth place, as Frankie Andreu won a three-rider sprint for the 4th-6th places.

There were 183 riders from 57 nations in the race, but one more country had also attempted to enter the event. Eritrea had gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but was not yet recognized by the IOC, failing to meet the minimum requirement of five national sports federations. They had only a cycling federation, which sent Yonas Zekerias and Bekeret Zere to Atlanta apparently in ignorance of the IOC decision. But they were not allowed to compete.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Pascal Richard 32 Switzerland SUI Gold 4-53:56
2 Rolf Sørensen 31 Denmark DEN Silver at 0:00
3 Max Sciandri 29 Great Britain GBR Bronze at 0:02
4 Frankie Andreu 29 United States USA at 1:14
5 Richard Virenque 26 France FRA at 1:14
6 Melchor Mauri 30 Spain ESP at 1:15
7 Fabio Baldato 28 Italy ITA at 1:28
8 Michele Bartoli 26 Italy ITA at 1:28
9 Zbigniew Spruch 30 Poland POL at 1:29
10 Johan Museeuw 30 Belgium BEL at 1:29
11 Jesper Skibby 32 Denmark DEN at 1:29
12 Lance Armstrong 24 United States USA at 1:29
13 Dmitry Konyshev 30 Russia RUS at 2:29
14 Serhiy Ushakov 28 Ukraine UKR at 2:29
15 Wilfried Peeters 32 Belgium BEL at 2:32
16 Olaf Ludwig 36 Germany GER at 2:36
17 Laurent Brochard 28 France FRA at 2:37
18 Arvis Piziks 26 Latvia LAT at 2:37
19 Neil Stephens 32 Australia AUS at 2:38
20 Erik Zabel 26 Germany GER at 2:47
21 Laurent Jalabert 27 France FRA at 2:47
22 Kaspars Ozers 27 Latvia LAT at 2:47
23 Robbie McEwen 24 Australia AUS at 2:48
24 Jaan Kirsipuu 27 Estonia EST at 2:48
25 Frank Vandenbroucke 21 Belgium BEL at 2:48
26 Miguel Induráin 32 Spain ESP at 2:48
27 Vasily Davidenko 26 Russia RUS at 2:48
28 Rolf Aldag 27 Germany GER at 2:48
29 Andrey Kivilyov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ at 2:48
30 Ján Svorada 27 Czech Republic CZE at 2:48
31 Juris Silovs 23 Latvia LAT at 2:48
32 Francesco Casagrande 25 Italy ITA at 2:48
33 Andriy Chmil 33 Ukraine UKR at 2:48
34 Michel Lafis 28 Sweden SWE at 2:48
35 Glenn Magnusson 27 Sweden SWE at 2:49
36 Lauri Aus 25 Estonia EST at 2:49
37 Maurizio Fondriest 31 Italy ITA at 2:49
38 Erik Dekker 25 Netherlands NED at 2:49
39 Orlando Rodrigues 26 Portugal POR at 2:49
40 Brian Holm Sørensen 33 Denmark DEN at 2:49
41 Steve Bauer 37 Canada CAN at 2:49
42 Lars Michaelsen 27 Denmark DEN at 2:49
43 Oleh Pankov 28 Ukraine UKR at 2:49
44 Werner Riebenbauer 22 Austria AUT at 2:49
45 Erik Breukink 32 Netherlands NED at 2:49
46 Harald Morscher 24 Austria AUT at 2:49
47 Ruber Marín 28 Colombia COL at 2:49
48 Pedro Lopes 21 Portugal POR at 2:49
49 Andres Lauk 31 Estonia EST at 2:50
50 Sławomir Chrzanowski 27 Poland POL at 2:50
51 Pavel Tonkov 27 Russia RUS at 2:50
52 Beat Zberg 25 Switzerland SUI at 2:50
53 Aleksandr Vinokurov 22 Kazakhstan KAZ at 2:50
54 Peter Wrolich 22 Austria AUT at 2:50
55 Markus Andersson 23 Sweden SWE at 2:50
56 Aart Vierhouten 26 Netherlands NED at 2:50
57 Joona Laukka 24 Finland FIN at 2:50
58 Pyotr Ugryumov 35 Russia RUS at 2:50
59 Milan Dvorščík 26 Slovakia SVK at 2:50
60 Johan Bruyneel 31 Belgium BEL at 2:51
61 Doug Ryder 24 South Africa RSA at 2:51
62 Georg Totschnig 25 Austria AUT at 2:51
63 Kari Myyryläinen 32 Finland FIN at 2:51
64 Michael Barry 20 Canada CAN at 2:51
65 Damian McDonald 24 Australia AUS at 2:51
66 Ric Reid 26 New Zealand NZL at 2:51
67 Abraham Olano 26 Spain ESP at 2:52
68 Ján Valach 22 Slovakia SVK at 2:52
69 Pavel Kavetsky 21 Belarus BLR at 2:52
70 Robert Pintarič 31 Slovenia SLO at 2:52
71 Eduardo Graciano 29 Mexico MEX at 2:53
72 David McCann 23 Ireland IRL at 2:53
73 Veaceslav Oriol 27 Moldova MDA at 2:53
74 Greg Randolph 23 United States USA at 2:53
75 Gord Fraser 27 Canada CAN at 2:53
76 George Hincapie 23 United States USA at 2:53
77 Manuel Fernández 25 Spain ESP at 2:53
78 Nuno Marta 19 Portugal POR at 2:53
79 Malcolm Elliott 35 Great Britain GBR at 2:53
80 Eric Wohlberg 31 Canada CAN at 2:54
81 Peter Luttenberger 23 Austria AUT at 2:54
82 Mario Cipollini 29 Italy ITA at 2:54
83 Didier Rous 25 France FRA at 2:54
84 Javier Zapata 26 Colombia COL at 2:54
85 Aleksandr Shefer 24 Kazakhstan KAZ at 2:54
86 Óscar Giraldo 23 Colombia COL at 2:54
87 Bjarne Riis 32 Denmark DEN at 2:55
88 Jacques Landry 26 Canada CAN at 2:55
89 Andrey Teteryuk 28 Kazakhstan KAZ at 2:55
90 Eduardo Uribe 26 Mexico MEX at 2:55
91 Mauro Ribeiro 32 Brazil BRA at 2:55
92 Dainis Ozols 29 Latvia LAT at 2:55
93 Steve Hegg 32 United States USA at 2:55
94 Tomasz Brożyna 25 Poland POL at 2:56
95 Remigijus Lupeikis 27 Lithuania LTU at 2:56
96 Raido Kodanipork 27 Estonia EST at 2:56
97 Blayne Wikner 24 South Africa RSA at 2:56
98 Stephen Hodge 35 Australia AUS at 2:57
99 John Tanner 28 Great Britain GBR at 2:57
100 Dzhamolidin Abduzhaparov 32 Uzbekistan UZB at 2:57
101 Marino Alonso 30 Spain ESP at 2:57
102 Patrick Jonker 27 Australia AUS at 2:57
103 Yevgeny Berzin 26 Russia RUS at 2:57
104 Alex Zülle 28 Switzerland SUI at 2:58
105 Rolf Järmann 30 Switzerland SUI at 2:58
106 Romāns Vainšteins 23 Latvia LAT at 2:58
107 Frédéric Moncassin 27 France FRA at 2:59
108 Tristan Hoffman 26 Netherlands NED at 2:59
109 Tom Steels 24 Belgium BEL at 3:00
110 Thomas Frischknecht 26 Switzerland SUI at 3:08
111 Danny Nelissen 25 Netherlands NED at 3:14
112 Cândido Barbosa 21 Portugal POR at 7:33
113 Yevgeny Golovanov 24 Belarus BLR at 11:42
114 José Azevedo 22 Portugal POR at 11:42
115 Pavel Zaduban 27 Slovakia SVK at 11:43
116 Hussein Monsalve 27 Venezuela VEN at 11:43
117 Irving Aguilar 26 Mexico MEX at 11:43
AC Manuel Guevara 27 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Volodymyr Pulnikov 31 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Ali Sayed Darwish 19 United Arab Emirates UAE DNF
AC Osamu Sumida 26 Japan JPN DNF
AC Svein Gaute Hølestøl 25 Norway NOR DNF
AC Dubán Ramírez 30 Colombia COL DNF
AC Antón Villatoro 26 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Raúl Montana 23 Colombia COL DNF
AC Paulo Caicedo 26 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Pedro Rodríguez 29 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Igor Pugaci 21 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Omar Ochoa 24 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Márlon Paniagua 22 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Felipe López 27 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Edwin Santos 24 Guatemala GUA DNF
AC Oleg Bondarik 19 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Vyacheslav German 24 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Raimondas Rumšas 24 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Victor Garrido 24 Chile CHI DNF
AC Arsen Ghazaryan 21 Armenia ARM DNF
AC Wong Kam Po 23 Hong Kong HKG DNF
AC Park Min-Su 25 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Dashnyamyn Tömör-Ochir 31 Mongolia MGL DNF
AC Chen Chih-Hao 23 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Timothy Jones 20 Zimbabwe ZIM DNF
AC Mykhailo Khalilov 21 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Michael Rich 26 Germany GER DNF
AC László Bodrogi 19 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Ruslan Ivanov 22 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Raimondas Vilčinskas 19 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Rubén Abreu 24 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Carlos Alberto Moya 24 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Igor Bonciucov 23 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Oleg Tonoritchi 22 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Uwe Peschel 27 Germany GER DNF
AC Dariusz Baranowski 24 Poland POL DNF
AC Brian Smith 29 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Héctor Chiles 25 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Michael Andersson 29 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Miroslav Lipták 27 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Róbert Nagy 23 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Linas Balčiūnas 18 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Jonas Romanovas 38 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Gregorio Bare 23 Uruguay URU DNF
AC Lauri Resik 26 Estonia EST DNF
AC Brian Fowler 33 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Scott Guyton 20 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Besnik Musaj 22 Albania ALB DNF
AC Gustavo Artacho 28 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Ricardo Guedes 23 Uruguay URU DNF
AC Hernandes Quadri Júnior 28 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Rubén Pegorín 31 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Adan Juárez 26 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Glen Mitchell 23 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Elliot Hubbard 22 Bermuda BER DNF
AC José Balaustre 31 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Jamil Suaiden 23 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Márcio May 24 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Daniel Rogelin 23 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Kazuyuki Manabe 26 Japan JPN DNF
AC Lucien Dirksz 27 Aruba ARU DNF
AC Youssef Khanfar Al-Shakali 24 Oman OMA DNF
AC Aleksandr Sharapov 25 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Domingo González 26 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Yousef Shadi 26 Libya LBA DNF
AC Stefan Baraud 21 Cayman Islands CAY DNF