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Cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Buckhead Cycling Course, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 21, 1996
Date Finished: July 21, 1996
Format: 104.40 km. (64.87 miles) mass start race.

Gold: FRA Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli
Silver: ITA Imelda Chiappa
Bronze: CAN Clara Hughes

Summary

As always the favorite was France’s Jeannie Longo. By 1996 she had won 10 world championships, five on the roads, and had even won a silver medal in mountain biking at the 1993 World Championships. However, at 37, the French cycling federation considered her too old and stopped funding her, but they selected her for the Games anyway. On the eighth lap of the race, Longo got away with Italy’s Imelda Chiappa and Clara Hughes (CAN) and Anna Wilson (AUS). In the pouring rain, Wilson was dropped quickly, but the other three stayed away. Early on the final lap, Longo powered away from Chiappa and Hughes and rode to her much deserved gold medal. Hughes returned to the Olympics in 2000 in cycling and in 2002 and 2006, competed at the Winter Olympics in speed skating. Winning medals in both years on the ice, she is one of the few athletes (five thru 2006) to have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The defending champion, Kathy Watt, also competed but missed the winning break and finished ninth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal M T
1 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 37 France FRA Gold 2-36:13
2 Imelda Chiappa 30 Italy ITA Silver at 0:25
3 Clara Hughes 23 Canada CAN Bronze at 0:31
4 Vera Hohlfeld 24 Germany GER at 0:53
5 Jolanta Polikevičiūtė 25 Lithuania LTU at 0:53
6 Zulfiya Zabirova 22 Russia RUS at 0:53
7 Alessandra Cappellotto 27 Italy ITA at 0:53
8 Barbara Heeb 27 Switzerland SUI at 0:53
9 Kathy Watt 31 Australia AUS at 0:53
10 Sue Palmer-Komar 29 Canada CAN at 0:53
11 Marie Purvis 34 Great Britain GBR at 0:53
12 Rasa Polikevičiūtė 25 Lithuania LTU at 0:53
13 Yvonne Schnorf 30 Switzerland SUI at 0:53
14 Zinaida Stagurskaya 25 Belarus BLR at 0:53
15 Diana Rast 25 Switzerland SUI at 0:53
16 Catherine Marsal 25 France FRA at 0:53
17 Anna Wilson 24 Australia AUS at 0:53
18 Ragnhild Kostøl 27 Norway NOR at 0:53
19 Sarah Phillips 29 Great Britain GBR at 0:53
20 Heidi Van De Vijver 26 Belgium BEL at 0:53
21 Joane Somarriba 23 Spain ESP at 0:53
22 Tanja Klein 26 Austria AUT at 0:53
23 Ana Barros 23 Portugal POR at 0:53
24 Lenka Ilavská 24 Slovakia SVK at 0:53
25 Susanne Ljungskog 20 Sweden SWE at 0:53
26 Yvonne Brunen 25 Netherlands NED at 0:53
27 Eva Loweová-Orvošová 25 Slovakia SVK at 0:53
28 Elsbeth van Rooy-Vink 23 Netherlands NED at 0:53
29 Jeanne Golay 34 United States USA at 0:53
30 Nataliya Kyshchuk 28 Ukraine UKR at 0:53
31 Susy Pryde 22 New Zealand NZL at 0:53
32 Roberta Bonanomi 29 Italy ITA at 0:53
33 Rebecca Bailey 21 New Zealand NZL at 0:53
34 Tea Vikstedt-Nyman 37 Finland FIN at 0:53
35 Erica Green 25 South Africa RSA at 1:08
36 Linda Brenneman 30 United States USA at 4:14
37 Alison Dunlap 26 United States USA at 5:08
38 Marion Clignet 32 France FRA at 5:37
39 Tracey Watson-Gaudry 27 Australia AUS at 6:22
40 Fátima Blázquez 21 Spain ESP at 10:14
41 Guo Xinghong 26 China CHN at 13:34
42 Jackie Martin 24 South Africa RSA at 16:59
43 Caroline Alexander 28 Great Britain GBR at 17:34
AC Linda Jackson 37 Canada CAN DNF
AC Zhao Haijuan 25 China CHN DNF
AC Dania Pérez 22 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Camille Solis 24 Belize BIZ DNF
AC Svetlana Samokhvalova 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Ingunn Bollerud 23 Norway NOR DNF
AC Alla Vasilenko 24 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Diana Žiliūtė 20 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Jacqui Nelson 31 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Maureen Kaila 31 El Salvador ESA DNF
AC Maritza Corredor 27 Colombia COL DNF
AC Ingrid Haringa 32 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Kim Yong-Mi 20 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Svetlana Bubnenkova 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Izaskun Bengoa 21 Spain ESP DNF