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Cycling at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Points Race

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Laoshan Velodrome, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008
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: ESP Joan Llaneras
Silver: GER Roger Kluge
Bronze: GBR Chris Newton

Summary

As in 2000 and 2004, the points race was a finals only affair of 40 km. (160 laps) with 16 field sprints every 10 laps. The race came down to three riders – Juan Llaneras (ESP), Roger Kluge (GER), and Chris Newton (GBR). The three were part of a five-man break that went away shortly after the sixth sprint, and lapped the field. After the eighth sprint, these three went off the front and gained another lap on several riders. Llaneras won the 9th, 10th, and 13th sprint to take a safe lead. He rode conservatively on the last few laps, protecting his position. He did not contest the final sprint as he added gold here to the one he had won in this event in 2000, the first cyclist to win a second gold medal in the points race. Kluge won the final sprint to get the silver over Newton, 58 points to 56. The 2008 World Champion, Belarussian Vasily Kiriyenko, placed fifth, while defending gold medalist Mikhail Ignatyev (RUS) placed 17th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Joan Llaneras 39 Spain ESP Gold 60
2 Roger Kluge 22 Germany GER Silver 58
3 Chris Newton 34 Great Britain GBR Bronze 56
4 Cam Meyer 19 Australia AUS 36
5 Vasily Kiriyenko 27 Belarus BLR 34
6 Daniel Kreutzfeldt 20 Denmark DEN 29
7 Zach Bell 25 Canada CAN 27
8 Makoto Iijima 37 Japan JPN 23
9 Milan Kadlec 33 Czech Republic CZE 22
10 Greg Henderson 31 New Zealand NZL 13
11 Rafał Ratajczyk 25 Poland POL 10
12 Iljo Keisse 25 Belgium BEL 8
13 Angelo Ciccone 28 Italy ITA 8
14 Volodymyr Rybin 27 Ukraine UKR 8
15 Wong Kam Po 35 Hong Kong HKG 5
16 Milton Wynants 36 Uruguay URU 5
17 Mikhail Ignatyev 23 Russia RUS 4
18 Juan Esteban Curuchet 43 Argentina ARG 1
19 Marco Arriagada 32 Chile CHI 1
20 Peter Schep 31 Netherlands NED 0
21 Christophe Riblon 27 France FRA -17
AC Bobby Lea 24 United States USA DNF
AC Feng Chun-Kai 19 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF