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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Stone Mountain Velodrome, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996

Gold: FRA France
Silver: RUS Russia
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

Over the last decade Australia had become a track cycling powerhouse. They were team pursuit World Champions in 1993 and 1995, and had numerous good individual pursuiters and sprinters. Germany and the United States were expected to be their biggest competition for the pursuit in Atlanta. But surprisingly, the qualifying was won by France, with Italy second, Australia third, and the USA qualifying only in sixth. Germany finished ninth and did not make match racing. The quarter-finals matched the two remaining favorites, but Australia easily defeated the United States. Another surprise occurred in the semis, when Russia ousted Australia. The final was contested between Russia and France. France led from the get-go and was never really in danger as they won the gold medal. Australia won the bronze medal, with a faster time than the other semi-final loser, Italy.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 France FRA Gold
2 Russia RUS Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Italy ITA
5 Spain ESP
6 United States USA
7 Ukraine UKR
8 New Zealand NZL
9 Germany GER
10 Great Britain GBR
11 Lithuania LTU
12 Netherlands NED
13 Denmark DEN
14 Argentina ARG
15 South Korea KOR
16 Chile CHI
17 Colombia COL