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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Individual Time Trial

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Urban Road Cycling Course, Juyongguan
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: 47.3 km.

Gold: SUI Fabian Cancellara
Silver: SWE Gustav Larsson
Bronze: USA Levi Leipheimer

Summary

The men raced two laps of the Beijing road course for a time trial of 47.3 km. The favorite was Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, World Champion in 2006-07 and considered the best time trialist in the men’s peloton. Others to watch included German Stefan Schumacher, who had twon both time trials at the 2008 Tour de France, and the 2007 Tour de France champion, Spain’s Alberto Contador. He was the last starter of 39 riders and at that time the leader on the road was Sweden’s Gustav Larsson, who had started 32nd. Larsson was followed by top pro racer Levi Leipheimer (USA) but Leipheimer could only move into second place. Nobody bettered their times until Cancellara went on the course. Cancellara started slowly, and was placed only third at the first checkpoint. But he made his time on the downhill sections of the course, and came in just over 33 seconds ahead of Larsson. The 2008 World Champion, Bert Grabsch (GER), placed 14th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Fabian Cancellara 27 Switzerland SUI Gold 1-02:11.43
2 Gustav Larsson 27 Sweden SWE Silver 1-02:44.79 at 33.36
3 Levi Leipheimer 34 United States USA Bronze 1-03:21.11 at 1:09.68
4 Alberto Contador 25 Spain ESP 1-03:29.51 at 1:18.08
5 Cadel Evans 31 Australia AUS 1-03:34.97 at 1:23.54
6 Samuel Sánchez 30 Spain ESP 1-04:37.24 at 2:25.81
7 Svein Tuft 31 Canada CAN 1-04:39.44 at 2:28.01
8 Michael Rogers 28 Australia AUS 1-04:46.85 at 2:35.42
9 Stef Clement 25 Netherlands NED 1-04:59.42 at 2:47.99
10 Robert Gesink 22 Netherlands NED 1-05:02.88 at 2:51.45
11 Steve Cummings 27 Great Britain GBR 1-05:07.91 at 2:56.48
12 David Zabriskie 29 United States USA 1-05:17.82 at 3:06.39
13 Bert Grabsch 33 Germany GER 1-05:26.20 at 3:14.77
14 Vincenzo Nibali 23 Italy ITA 1-05:36.01 at 3:24.58
15 Ryder Hesjedal 27 Canada CAN 1-05:42.33 at 3:30.90
16 Rein Taaramäe 21 Estonia EST 1-05:47.33 at 3:35.90
17 Vladimir Karpets 27 Russia RUS 1-05:52.38 at 3:40.95
18 Chris Sørensen 23 Denmark DEN 1-05:55.42 at 3:43.99
19 Denis Menshov 30 Russia RUS 1-06:10.54 at 3:59.11
20 Vasily Kiriyenko 27 Belarus BLR 1-06:12.19 at 4:00.76
21 Marzio Bruseghin 34 Italy ITA 1-06:20.95 at 4:09.52
22 Kim Kirchen 30 Luxembourg LUX 1-06:29.63 at 4:18.20
23 Andrey Mizurov 35 Kazakhstan KAZ 1-06:32.05 at 4:20.62
24 Santiago Botero 35 Colombia COL 1-06:35.43 at 4:24.00
25 Maxime Monfort 25 Belgium BEL 1-07:12.71 at 5:01.28
26 László Bodrogi 31 Hungary HUN 1-07:27.49 at 5:16.06
27 Simon Špilak 22 Slovenia SLO 1-07:34.86 at 5:23.43
28 Matej Jurčo 23 Slovakia SVK 1-07:52.92 at 5:41.49
29 Matías Médici 33 Argentina ARG 1-07:53.09 at 5:41.66
30 David George 32 South Africa RSA 1-07:55.21 at 5:43.78
31 Andriy Hryvko 24 Ukraine UKR 1-08:01.25 at 5:49.82
32 Brian Vandborg 26 Denmark DEN 1-08:10.20 at 5:58.77
33 Przemysław Niemiec 28 Poland POL 1-08:43.43 at 6:32.00
34 Hossein Askari 33 Iran IRI 1-08:46.30 at 6:34.87
35 Raivis Belohvoščiks 32 Latvia LAT 1-08:54.96 at 6:43.53
36 Denys Kostiuk 26 Ukraine UKR 1-09:04.04 at 6:52.61
37 Matija Kvasina 26 Croatia CRO 1-09:06.49 at 6:55.06
38 Fumiyuki Beppu 25 Japan JPN 1-11:05.14 at 8:53.71
AC Stefan Schumacher 27 Germany GER [1-05:25.38] [at 3:13.95] DQ (doping)