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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

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Events:

Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, Beijing
Date Started: August 23, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: 35.6 km.

Gold: FRA Julien Absalon
Silver: FRA Jean-Christophe Péraud
Bronze: SUI Nino Schurter

Summary

There was little doubt who was the favorite – [Julien Absalon] of France. Absalon was the defending champion and had won the World Championships in 2004-2007. The race was an eight-lap affair of 36 km., which was run in extreme heat. Absalon went to the front on the second lap and was never headed. He won the gold medal by 1:07 over his teammate, [Jean-Christophe Peraud]. The race for the bronze was close, as two-time Under-23 world champion [Nino Schurter] of Switzerland just edged his teammate [Christoph Sauser] by two seconds. Absalon’s gold made it three straight for France in this event as [Miguel Martinez] had won in 2000. One interesting competitor was Belgium’s [Sven Nys]. Nys was a multiple World Champion in cyclo-cross, which is a winter sport combining some elements of mountain biking with running cross-country over obstacles. Nys had difficulty with the heat in Beijing and placed ninth.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Julien Absalon 27 France FRA Gold 1-55:59
2 Jean-Christophe Péraud 31 France FRA Silver 1-57:06 at 1:07
3 Nino Schurter 22 Switzerland SUI Bronze 1-57:52 at 1:53
4 Christoph Sauser 32 Switzerland SUI 1-57:54 at 1:55
5 Marco Aurelio Fontana 23 Italy ITA 1-59:59 at 4:00
6 Christoph Soukup 27 Austria AUT 2-00:11 at 4:12
7 Liam Killeen 26 Great Britain GBR 2-00:14 at 4:15
8 Iñaki Lejarreta 24 Spain ESP 2-00:21 at 4:22
9 Sven Nys 32 Belgium BEL 2-01:00 at 5:01
10 José Antonio Hermida 29 Spain ESP 2-01:01 at 5:02
11 Manuel Fumic 26 Germany GER 2-01:16 at 5:17
12 Oli Beckingsale 32 Great Britain GBR 2-01:25 at 5:26
13 Marek Galiński 34 Poland POL 2-01:29 at 5:30
14 Cédric Ravanel 29 France FRA 2-01:38 at 5:39
15 Burry Stander 20 South Africa RSA 2-01:58 at 5:59
16 Moritz Milatz 26 Germany GER 2-02:59 at 7:00
17 Fredrik Kessiakoff 28 Sweden SWE 2-03:09 at 7:10
18 Jaroslav Kulhavý 23 Czech Republic CZE 2-03:20 at 7:21
19 Roel Paulissen 32 Belgium BEL 2-03:30 at 7:31
20 Geoff Kabush 31 Canada CAN 2-03:55 at 7:56
21 Rubens Donizete 28 Brazil BRA 2-05:19 at 9:20
22 Ji Jianhua 26 China CHN 2-05:29 at 9:30
23 András Parti 25 Hungary HUN 2-06:00 at 10:01
24 Kashi Leuchs 30 New Zealand NZL 2-06:30 at 10:31
25 Jakob Fuglsang 23 Denmark DEN 2-06:41 at 10:42
26 Héctor Páez 26 Colombia COL 2-06:46 at 10:47
27 Dario Gasco 21 Argentina ARG 2-07:04 at 11:05
28 Carlos Coloma 26 Spain ESP 2-09:05 at 13:06
29 Adam Craig 16 United States USA at 1 lap
30 Yader Zoli 32 Italy ITA at 1 lap
31 Klaus Nielsen 28 Denmark DEN at 1 lap
32 Filip Meirhaeghe 37 Belgium BEL at 2 laps
33 Wolfram Kurschat 33 Germany GER at 2 laps
34 Rudi van Houts 24 Netherlands NED at 2 laps
35 Bilal Akgül 25 Turkey TUR at 2 laps
36 Cristóbal Silva 28 Chile CHI at 2 laps
37 Bart Brentjens 39 Netherlands NED at 2 laps
38 Emil Lindgren 23 Sweden SWE at 2 laps
39 Daniel McConnell 23 Australia AUS at 2 laps
40 Chan Chun Hing 27 Hong Kong HKG at 2 laps
41 Yury Trofimov 24 Russia RUS at 2 laps
42 Serhiy Rysenko 28 Ukraine UKR at 3 laps
43 Todd Wells 32 United States USA at 3 laps
44 Seamus McGrath 32 Canada CAN at 3 laps
45 Mannie Heymans 37 Namibia NAM at 3 laps
46 Kohei Yamamoto 24 Japan JPN at 3 laps
47 Federico Ramírez 32 Costa Rica CRC at 5 laps
48 Antipass Kwari 33 Zimbabwe ZIM at 6 laps
AC Florian Vogel 26 Switzerland SUI DNF (lap 5)
AC Robin Seymour 37 Ireland IRL DNF (lap 2)