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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

Cycling at the 1996 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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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: 31.8 km. (19.8 miles).

Gold: ITA Paola Pezzo
Silver: CAN Alison Sydor
Bronze: USA Susan DeMattei

Summary

The leader in the World Cup was Canada’s Alison Sydor, who had won six of the seven races in 1996. But the Italian team had not taken part in the World Cup races in 1996. Sydor was the 1994-95 World Champion, but a challenge was expected to come from Italy’s Paola Pezzo, the 1993 World Champion and European Champion in 1994-96. After an early fall, Pezzo regained touch with the leaders quickly, and at 11 km. powered away from the pack on an uphill stretch. Pezzo opened a big lead, which Sydor closed slightly near the end, but Pezzo won gold by over a minute. The biggest story of the race, however, was likely Pezzo’s cleavage. An attractive woman, she raced on a day of sweltering heat, and to combat that, had her jersey unzipped almost to her navel. The Italian press discussed this fact almost as much as her cycling abilities. She would again win the World Championship in 1997.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Paola Pezzo 27 Italy ITA Gold 1-50:51
2 Alison Sydor 29 Canada CAN Silver at 1:07
3 Susan DeMattei 33 United States USA Bronze at 1:45
4 Gunn Rita Dahle-Flesjå 23 Norway NOR at 2:59
5 Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink 23 Netherlands NED at 3:47
6 Annabella Stropparo 28 Italy ITA at 5:05
7 Regina Marunde 27 Germany GER at 6:30
8 Kathy Lynch 39 New Zealand NZL at 6:49
9 Eva Loweová-Orvošová 25 Slovakia SVK at 7:05
10 Juli Furtado 29 United States USA at 7:41
11 Laurence Leboucher 24 France FRA at 8:09
12 Daniela Gassmann 31 Switzerland SUI at 8:20
13 Lesley Tomlinson 36 Canada CAN at 10:13
14 Alla Yepifanova 19 Russia RUS at 10:44
15 Mary Grigson 25 Australia AUS at 11:47
16 Silvia Fürst 35 Switzerland SUI at 12:13
17 Erica Green 25 South Africa RSA at 12:15
18 Kateřina Neumannová 23 Czech Republic CZE at 13:12
19 Kateřina Hanušová-Nash 18 Czech Republic CZE at 13:14
20 Laura Blanco 30 Spain ESP at 13:29
21 Lenka Ilavská 24 Slovakia SVK at 13:52
22 Deb Murrell 29 Great Britain GBR at 13:53
23 Kanako Tanikawa 26 Japan JPN at 14:53
24 Sandra Temporelli 27 France FRA at 16:06
25 Gao Hongying 25 China CHN at 18:17
26 Silvia Rovira 28 Spain ESP at 18:26
27 Nadezhda Pashkova 33 Russia RUS at 25:45
AC Caroline Alexander 28 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Sandra Ambrosio 33 Argentina ARG DNF