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Men's Points Race

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 24, 2004
Date Finished: August 24, 2004
Format: 160 laps (40 km). Sixteen sprints, one every 10 laps (2.5 km) with points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the top four finishers in each sprint. 20 point bonus for lapping field.

Gold: RUS Mikhail Ignatyev
Silver: ESP Joan Llaneras
Bronze: GER Guido Fulst

Summary

The format and point scoring for the points race was changed for 2004. Previously points were scored for field sprints at various intervals of the race. But the winners could only be the riders staying on the same lap as the leaders. In 2004, the scoring was adjusted so that lapping any rider earned a 20-point bonus and this was added to the points for field sprints. This created the same effect but made it easier to sort out the leaders. The race was conducted over 40 km. (160 laps) with sprints every 10 laps. Young Russian Mikhail Ignatyev was unheralded but won the race by having a lap advantage on four other riders. Five stragglers in the race had been lapped four times by Ignatyev, but only three times by the chase group. Thus Ignatyev had 80 lap points, and 13 sprint points, or 93 in all. Second went to multi-World Champion and defending gold medalist Juan Llaneras (ESP). He had 22 sprint points, but trailed Ignatyev by a lap, so he was given only 60 lap points, or 82 in all. Llaneras earned silver by winning the 13th, 14th, and 15th sprints to move into second place.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS LG SP
1 Mikhail Ignatyev 19 Russia RUS Gold 93 --- 13
2 Joan Llaneras 35 Spain ESP Silver 82 at 1 lap 22
3 Guido Fulst 34 Germany GER Bronze 79 at 1 lap 19
4 Greg Henderson 27 New Zealand NZL 68 at 1 lap 8
5 Milan Kadlec 29 Czech Republic CZE 65 at 1 lap 5
6 Mark Renshaw 21 Australia AUS 60 at 2 laps 20
7 Peter Schep 27 Netherlands NED 58 at 2 laps 18
8 Angelo Ciccone 24 Italy ITA 49 at 2 laps 9
9 Milton Wynants 32 Uruguay URU 46 at 2 laps 6
10 Franck Perque 29 France FRA 43 at 2 laps 3
11 Marco Arriagada 28 Chile CHI 25 at 3 laps 5
12 Yevgeny Sobol 23 Belarus BLR 24 at 3 laps 4
13 Juan Esteban Curuchet 39 Argentina ARG 23 at 3 laps 3
14 Colby Pearce 32 United States USA 23 at 3 laps 3
15 Aleksey Kolesov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ 22 at 3 laps 2
16 Makoto Iijima 33 Japan JPN 13 at 4 laps 13
17 Franz Stocher 35 Austria AUT 9 at 4 laps 9
18 Matthew Gilmore 31 Belgium BEL 7 at 4 laps 7
19 Vasyl Yakovlev 32 Ukraine UKR 3 at 4 laps 3
20 Wong Kam Po 31 Hong Kong HKG 2 at 4 laps 2
AC Chris Newton 30 Great Britain GBR DNF [0/same lap]
AC Tomas Vaitkus 22 Lithuania LTU DNF [0/same lap]
AC Mehdi Sohrabi 22 Iran IRI DNF [0/at 1 lap]