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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Madison

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 25, 2004
Date Finished: August 25, 2004
Format: 240 laps (60 km) with a sprint every 20 laps (5 km). Sprint points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the first four finishers.

Gold: AUS Australia
Silver: SUI Switzerland
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

Sixteen pairs started with seven of them eventually finishing on the same lap of the 50 km. race. Sprint points were awarded after a field sprint at every 5 km. The British team of Rob Hayles and Bradley Wiggins won the first sprint, and led with 10 points at the halfway mark, which actually was enough for the bronze medal. But they crashed just afterwards, had to work to rejoin the leaders, and would not gain any more points until finishing third in the final sprint. Australia’s Graeme Brown and Stuart O’Grady won only one sprint, the fourth, but placed second in the final four sprints to win the gold medal with 22 points. O’Grady finally managed a gold, after a silver and two bronzes (1992, 1996) and no medals in 2000. Switzerland’s Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli, the 2003 World Champions (and later in 2007), stayed with the leaders throughout but had won no points after seven sprints. But they finished strong, winning the last three field sprints for 15 points and the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal PTS LG
1 Australia AUS Gold 22 same lap
2 Switzerland SUI Silver 15 same lap
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze 12 same lap
4 Germany GER 9 same lap
5 Ukraine UKR 9 same lap
6 Spain ESP 7 same lap
7 New Zealand NZL 2 same lap
8 Austria AUT 8 at 1 lap
9 Argentina ARG 5 at 1 lap
10 Uruguay URU 3 at 1 lap
11 Belgium BEL 3 at 1 lap
12 Kazakhstan KAZ 2 at 1 lap
13 Czech Republic CZE 2 at 1 lap
14 Netherlands NED 2 at 1 lap
15 Slovakia SVK 5 at 2 laps
16 Colombia COL 3 at 2 laps
17 Russia RUS 1 at 2 laps
AC France FRA at 3 laps