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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Kotzia Square, Athina
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 15, 2004
Format: 105.6 km. (65.6 miles) mass start race.

Gold: AUS Sara Carrigan
Silver: GER Judith Arndt
Bronze: RUS Olga Slyusareva

Summary

As the 2004 Olympics approached, women’s road cycling was in turmoil. The sponsorships of the late 80s and 90s were falling away. The women no longer raced a Tour de France Feminin and several other top female races were dropped because of lack of sponsorship. Thus the Olympics and World Championships assumed even greater importance to the female professional riders. For the first time ever at the Olympics, there was no clear favorite in 2004, partly because there were fewer international races. The once dominant Jeannie Longo, rode in her sixth Olympics in 2004, but had not won any major titles in years. The defending champion, Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel of the Netherlands, was back, but nobody could expect her to repeat her 2000 Olympic performance in which she won three events (road race, time trial, individual pursuit) and was silver medalist in the points race. A fall early in the race eliminated her from the competition. Based on earlier results, Sweden’s Susanne Ljungskog , the 2002 and 2003 World Champion was also favored for a medal, but she was dropped early and finished 33rd. The race was run thru the center of Athens, but unlike the men’s race, several groups did break away. On the final lap, the two leaders were Australia’s Sara Carrigan and Germany’s Judith Arndt. But it did not really come down to a sprint, as Carrigan broke Arndt over the last kilometer and won by seven seconds. It was somewhat of an upset as this was Carrigan’s first major international victory. Arndt was better known, having won a bronze medal in the pursuit at the 1996 Olympics, a World Championship in the pursuit in 1997, and she would win the 2004 World Championship road race.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Sara Carrigan 23 Australia AUS Gold 3-24:24
2 Judith Arndt 28 Germany GER Silver at 0:07
3 Olga Slyusareva 35 Russia RUS Bronze at 0:39
4 Oenone Wood 23 Australia AUS same time
5 Nicole Cooke 21 Great Britain GBR same time
6 Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel 28 Netherlands NED at 0:42
7 Joane Somarriba 32 Spain ESP same time
8 Kristin Armstrong 31 United States USA same time
9 Edita Pučinskaitė 28 Lithuania LTU at 0:46
10 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli 45 France FRA at 0:59
11 Sue Palmer-Komar 37 Canada CAN at 1:13
12 Olivia Gollan 30 Australia AUS at 1:18
13 Noemi Cantele 23 Italy ITA same time
14 Anita Valen 35 Norway NOR same time
15 Christine Thorburn 34 United States USA same time
16 Dede Demet-Barry 31 United States USA same time
17 Joanne Kiesanowski 25 New Zealand NZL same time
18 Priska Doppmann 33 Switzerland SUI same time
19 Zinaida Stagurskaya 33 Belarus BLR same time
20 Miho Oki 30 Japan JPN same time
21 Sharon Vandromme 20 Belgium BEL same time
22 Rachel Heal 31 Great Britain GBR same time
23 Iryna Chuzhynova 32 Ukraine UKR same time
24 Christiane Soeder 29 Austria AUT same time
25 Trixi Worrack 22 Germany GER same time
26 Tania Guderzo 19 Italy ITA same time
27 Małgorzata Wysocka 25 Poland POL same time
28 Barbara Heeb 35 Switzerland SUI same time
29 Rasa Polikevičiūtė 33 Lithuania LTU same time
30 Manon Jutras 36 Canada CAN same time
31 Jolanta Polikevičiūtė 33 Lithuania LTU same time
32 Edwige Pitel 37 France FRA same time
33 Susanne Ljungskog 28 Sweden SWE same time
34 Eneritz Iturriagaextebarria 23 Spain ESP at 4:15
35 Evelyn García 21 El Salvador ESA same time
36 Nataliya Kachalka 29 Ukraine UKR same time
37 Giorgia Bronzini 21 Italy ITA same time
38 Nicole Brändli-Sedoun 25 Switzerland SUI same time
39 Zulfiya Zabirova 30 Russia RUS same time
40 Sonia Huguet 28 France FRA at 6:06
41 Miyoko Karami 29 Japan JPN same time
42 Bogumiła Matusiak 33 Poland POL at 7:31
43 Valentyna Karpenko 31 Ukraine UKR at 9:11
44 Qian Yunjuan 27 China CHN same time
45 Olga Gayeva 21 Belarus BLR same time
46 Belem Guerrero 30 Mexico MEX same time
47 Zhang Junying 26 China CHN same time
48 Lene Byberg 21 Norway NOR same time
49 Madeleine Lindberg 32 Sweden SWE same time
50 María Dolores Molina 38 Guatemala GUA at 16:19
51 Han Song-Hui 21 South Korea KOR same time
52 Martina Růžičková 24 Czech Republic CZE same time
53 Linn Torp 27 Norway NOR same time
54 Janildes Fernandes 23 Brazil BRA same time
55 Anriette Schoeman 27 South Africa RSA same time
56 Michelle Hyland 20 New Zealand NZL same time
AC Angela Brodtka 23 Germany GER DNF
AC Svetlana Bubnenkova 31 Russia RUS DNF
AC Dori Ruano 35 Spain ESP DNF
AC Anouska van der Zee 28 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Lyne Bessette 29 Canada CAN DNF
AC Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel 34 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Camilla Larsson 29 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Sara Symington 34 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Melissa Holt 27 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Lada Kozlíková 24 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Maaris Meier 21 Estonia EST DNF