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Men's Individual Time Trial

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Cycling Road Course, Centennial Parklands, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 30, 2000
Date Finished: September 30, 2000
Format: 46.8 km. (29.1 miles).

Gold: RUS Vyacheslav Yekimov
Silver: GER Jan Ullrich

Summary

Three days before this event, Germany’s Jan Ullrich had won the road race. One of the world’s top road racers, the winner of the Tour de France in 1997, Ullrich was a time trial specialist and was the favorite. His biggest competition was expected to come from Lance Armstrong. Armstrong had competed in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, but had not yet an Olympic medal. Shortly after the 1996 Olympics, he was discovered to have testicular cancer, which had metastasized to his brain and liver. Enduring long courses of chemotherapy, and several surgeries, his return to the professional peloton was in doubt. But return he did, winning the Tour de France in both 1999 and 2000, with Ullrich second in 2000, and Armstrong would eventually win the race seven consecutive times – 1999-2005. Also formidable in the time trial, the race was expected to come down to these two, and they were the last two riders off. The 25th rider to start, of 38, was Russian Vyacheslav Yekimov. Yekimov, a 1988 gold medalist in the team pursuit and former world champion in the individual pursuit, was now a top professional road racer, and had served as a capable lieutenant on Armstrong’s US Postal Service team. He had a very long career and in the late 80s, had been the top individual pursuiter in the world for the Soviet Union. When Yekimov started the time trial, the leader was Kazakh Andrey Teteryuk but Yekimov finished in 57:40, besting Teteryuk by over a minute. And the time held up as numerous top pros had failed to better it by the time Armstrong and Ullrich started. At the first checkpoint, they trailed Yekimov’s time, and they were never able to get ahead of him, as Yekimov won a very surprising gold medal, with Ullrich second and Armstrong winning his only Olympic medal, a bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Vyacheslav Yekimov 34 Russia RUS Gold 57:40.420
2 Jan Ullrich 26 Germany GER Silver 57:48.333
4 Abraham Olano 30 Spain ESP 58:31.647
5 Laurent Jalabert 31 France FRA 58:44.455
6 Andrey Teteryuk 32 Kazakhstan KAZ 58:52.342
7 Thor Hushovd 22 Norway NOR 59:00.015
8 Santos González 26 Spain ESP 59:03.202
9 Serhiy Honchar 30 Ukraine UKR 59:20.611
10 Tyler Hamilton 29 United States USA 59:26.548
11 Chris Boardman 32 Great Britain GBR 59:32.230
12 Andreas Klöden 25 Germany GER 59:33.971
13 Christophe Moreau 29 France FRA 59:37.062
14 Yevgeny Petrov 22 Russia RUS 59:40.690
15 Raivis Belohvoščiks 24 Latvia LAT 59:57.852
16 David Millar 23 Great Britain GBR 1-00:17.708
17 Yevgeny Vakker 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 1-00:21.925
18 Serhiy Matvieiev 25 Ukraine UKR 1-00:25.933
19 Nathan O'Neill 25 Australia AUS 1-00:32.749
20 Eric Wohlberg 35 Canada CAN 1-00:34.353
21 Dainis Ozols 34 Latvia LAT 1-00:46.390
22 Martin Hvastija 30 Slovenia SLO 1-01:08.831
23 Raimondas Rumšas 28 Lithuania LTU 1-01:08.954
24 Víctor Hugo Peña 26 Colombia COL 1-01:10.518
25 Artūras Kasputis 33 Lithuania LTU 1-01:22.794
26 Koos Moerenhout 26 Netherlands NED 1-01:27.159
27 Aleksandr Vinokurov 26 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-01:34.259
28 Tomáš Konečný 26 Czech Republic CZE 1-01:36.565
29 Erik Dekker 30 Netherlands NED 1-01:40.363
30 Martin Rittsel 29 Sweden SWE 1-01:59.765
31 Piotr Wadecki 27 Poland POL 1-02:04.653
32 Lauri Aus 29 Estonia EST 1-02:16.275
33 Alex Zülle 32 Switzerland SUI 1-02:34.088
34 René Haselbacher 22 Austria AUT 1-02:38.328
35 Vítor Gamito 30 Portugal POR 1-03:16.742
36 Amer El-Nady 25 Egypt EGY 1-03:18.318
37 Michael Andersson 33 Sweden SWE 1-05:19.037
AC Michael Sandstød 32 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Lance Armstrong 28 United States USA 58:14.267 DQ