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Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Urban Road Cycling Course, Juyongguan
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 9, 2008
Format: 245 km. mass start race.

Gold: ESP Samuel Sánchez
Silver: SUI Fabian Cancellara
Bronze: RUS Aleksandr Kolobnev

Summary

The road race was conducted over a 245.4 km. course, the longest in Olympic history, with seven laps back-and-forth between the Juyong and Badaling Passes, finishing on the Badaling Pass climb of 700 metres at 6% grade. The race was held in hot and humid conditions. Prior to the Beijing Olympics, many endurance athletes had complained about the air pollution in Beijing but on the day of the road race, it was relatively clear for the Chinese capital city. The first major break occurred at 60 km., with 26 riders going away. They were in front for almost 125 km. The peleton caught them with 60 km. remaining in the race, but by then two riders, Aleksandr Kuchinsky (BLR) and Ruslan Pidhorniy (UKR), had broken away. They were reeled in after only a few kilometers in the lead. On the last lap, repeated attacks left only 20 riders in the front group. From this group six riders got into a breakaway – Samuel Sánchez (ESP), Davide Rebellin (ITA), Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Aleksandr Kolobnev (RUS), Andy Schleck (LUX), and Michael Rogers (AUS). Sánchez and Rebellin were the most aggressive riders in the break, until Cancellara tried to go off the front, but he was quickly pulled back. Cancellara was not known as a sprinter, but as a great time trialist, he often used this tactic to get away before the sprint. The final sprint was close with all six finishing within a bike length. But Sánchez was the fastest off the top of the Badaling climb, and edged our Rebellin for the gold medal, with Cancellara taking bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T M
1 Samuel Sánchez 30 Spain ESP Gold 6-23:49
2 Fabian Cancellara 27 Switzerland SUI Silver 6-23:49 same time
3 Aleksandr Kolobnev 27 Russia RUS Bronze 6-23:49 same time
4 Andy Schleck 23 Luxembourg LUX 6-23:49 same time
5 Michael Rogers 28 Australia AUS 6-23:49 same time
6 Santiago Botero 35 Colombia COL 6-24:01 at 0:12
7 Mario Aerts 33 Belgium BEL 6-24:01 at 0:12
8 Michael Barry 32 Canada CAN 6-24:05 at 0:16
9 Robert Gesink 22 Netherlands NED 6-24:07 at 0:18
10 Levi Leipheimer 34 United States USA 6-24:09 at 0:20
11 Chris Sørensen 23 Denmark DEN 6-24:11 at 0:22
12 Alejandro Valverde 28 Spain ESP 6-24:11 at 0:22
13 Jérôme Pineau 28 France FRA 6-24:11 at 0:22
14 Cadel Evans 31 Australia AUS 6-24:11 at 0:22
15 Przemysław Niemiec 28 Poland POL 6-24:11 at 0:22
16 Christian Vande Velde 32 United States USA 6-24:19 at 0:30
17 Paolo Bettini 34 Italy ITA 6-24:24 at 0:35
18 Vladimir Karpets 27 Russia RUS 6-24:59 at 1:10
19 Murilo Fischer 29 Brazil BRA 6-26:17 at 2:28
20 Fabian Wegmann 28 Germany GER 6-26:17 at 2:28
21 Erik Hoffmann 26 Namibia NAM 6-26:17 at 2:28
22 Christian Pfannberger 28 Austria AUT 6-26:17 at 2:28
23 Gustav Larsson 27 Sweden SWE 6-26:17 at 2:28
24 Nicki Sørensen 33 Denmark DEN 6-26:17 at 2:28
25 Radoslav Rogina 29 Croatia CRO 6-26:17 at 2:28
26 John Augustyn 21 South Africa RSA 6-26:17 at 2:28
27 Nuno Ribeiro 30 Portugal POR 6-26:17 at 2:28
28 Ignatas Konovalovas 22 Lithuania LTU 6-26:17 at 2:28
29 Jackson Rodríguez 23 Venezuela VEN 6-26:17 at 2:28
30 Matt Lloyd 25 Australia AUS 6-26:17 at 2:28
31 Kurt Asle Arvesen 33 Norway NOR 6-26:17 at 2:28
32 Konstantin Sivtsov 25 Belarus BLR 6-26:17 at 2:28
33 Rémi Pauriol 26 France FRA 6-26:17 at 2:28
34 Tadej Valjavec 31 Slovenia SLO 6-26:17 at 2:28
35 Yaroslav Popovych 28 Ukraine UKR 6-26:17 at 2:28
36 Simon Gerrans 28 Australia AUS 6-26:17 at 2:28
37 Thomas Löfkvist 24 Sweden SWE 6-26:25 at 2:36
38 Thomas Rohregger 25 Austria AUT 6-26:25 at 2:36
39 George Hincapie 35 United States USA 6-26:25 at 2:36
40 José Rodolfo Serpa 29 Colombia COL 6-26:27 at 2:38
41 Johan Vansummeren 27 Belgium BEL 6-26:27 at 2:38
42 Fränk Schleck 28 Luxembourg LUX 6-26:27 at 2:38
43 Andrey Mizurov 35 Kazakhstan KAZ 6-26:27 at 2:38
44 Roman Kreuziger 22 Czech Republic CZE 6-26:35 at 2:46
45 Kim Kirchen 30 Luxembourg LUX 6-26:40 at 2:51
46 Moisés Aldape 26 Mexico MEX 6-28:08 at 4:19
47 Rein Taaramäe 21 Estonia EST 6-30:49 at 7:00
48 Carlos Sastre 33 Spain ESP 6-31:06 at 7:17
49 Franco Pellizotti 30 Italy ITA 6-31:06 at 7:17
50 Sergey Lagutin 27 Uzbekistan UZB 6-31:06 at 7:17
51 Hossein Askari 33 Iran IRI 6-34:22 at 10:33
52 Ruslan Pidhorniy 31 Ukraine UKR 6-34:22 at 10:33
53 Julian Dean 33 New Zealand NZL 6-34:26 at 10:37
54 Jacek Morajko 27 Poland POL 6-34:26 at 10:37
55 Ryder Hesjedal 27 Canada CAN 6-34:26 at 10:37
56 Matija Kvasina 26 Croatia CRO 6-34:26 at 10:37
57 Marcus Ljungqvist 33 Sweden SWE 6-34:26 at 10:37
58 Svein Tuft 31 Canada CAN 6-34:26 at 10:37
59 Denis Menshov 30 Russia RUS 6-34:26 at 10:37
60 Jure Golčer 30 Slovenia SLO 6-34:26 at 10:37
61 Ján Valach 34 Slovakia SVK 6-34:26 at 10:37
62 Marzio Bruseghin 34 Italy ITA 6-34:26 at 10:37
63 Nicholas Roche 24 Ireland IRL 6-34:26 at 10:37
64 Laurens ten Dam 27 Netherlands NED 6-34:26 at 10:37
65 Péter Kusztor 23 Hungary HUN 6-35:44 at 11:55
66 Ivan Stević 28 Serbia SRB 6-35:44 at 11:55
67 Gatis Smukulis 21 Latvia LAT 6-36:48 at 12:59
68 Tanel Kangert 21 Estonia EST 6-36:48 at 12:59
69 Gonzalo Garrido 34 Chile CHI 6-36:48 at 12:59
70 Edvald Boasson Hagen 21 Norway NOR 6-36:48 at 12:59
71 André Cardoso 23 Portugal POR 6-39:42 at 15:53
72 Aleksandr Kuchinsky 28 Belarus BLR 6-39:42 at 15:53
73 Dainius Kairelis 28 Lithuania LTU 6-39:42 at 15:53
74 Petr Benčik 32 Czech Republic CZE 6-39:42 at 15:53
75 Alexandr Pliuschin 21 Moldova MDA 6-39:42 at 15:53
76 Denys Kostiuk 26 Ukraine UKR 6-39:42 at 15:53
77 Sergey Ivanov 33 Russia RUS 6-39:42 at 15:53
78 Ghader Mizbani 32 Iran IRI 6-39:42 at 15:53
79 David George 32 South Africa RSA 6-39:42 at 15:53
80 Philip Deignan 24 Ireland IRL 6-39:42 at 15:53
81 Glen Chadwick 31 New Zealand NZL 6-39:42 at 15:53
82 Aleksandr Usov 30 Belarus BLR 6-49:59 at 26:10
83 Tomasz Marczyński 24 Poland POL 6-49:59 at 26:10
84 Nebojša Jovanović 25 Serbia SRB 6-49:59 at 26:10
85 Takashi Miyazawa 30 Japan JPN 6-55:24 at 31:35
86 Rafaâ Chtioui 22 Tunisia TUN 7-03:04 at 39:15
87 Park Seong-Baek 23 South Korea KOR 7-03:04 at 39:15
88 Wu Kin San 23 Hong Kong HKG 7-05:57 at 42:08
89 Luciano Pagliarini 30 Brazil BRA 7-08:27 at 44:38
AC Davide Rebellin 36 Italy ITA [6-23:49] [same time] DQ (doping)
AC Alberto Contador 25 Spain ESP DNF
AC Simon Špilak 22 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Jens Voigt 36 Germany GER DNF
AC Pierrick Fédrigo 29 France FRA DNF
AC Cyril Dessel 33 France FRA DNF
AC Pierre Rolland 21 France FRA DNF
AC Rigoberto Urán 21 Colombia COL DNF
AC Ben Swift 20 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Stef Clement 25 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Bert Grabsch 33 Germany GER DNF
AC Vincenzo Nibali 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Lars Petter Nordhaug 24 Norway NOR DNF
AC Vladimir Miholjević 34 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Christophe Brandt 31 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Stefan Schumacher 27 Germany GER [DNF]/DQ (doping)
AC Brian Vandborg 26 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Jurgen Van Den Broeck 25 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Timothy Gudsell 24 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Patricio Almonacid 28 Chile CHI DNF
AC Evgeniy Gerganov 32 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Borut Božič 27 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Stuart O'Grady 35 Australia AUS DNF
AC Maksim Iglinsky 27 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Gabriel Rasch 33 Norway NOR DNF
AC Fumiyuki Beppu 25 Japan JPN DNF
AC Henry Raabe 25 Costa Rica CRC DNF (lapped)
AC Mehdi Sohrabi 26 Iran IRI DNF (lapped)
AC Mario Contreras 21 El Salvador ESA DNF
AC Andriy Hryvko 24 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Vladimir Yefimkin 26 Russia RUS DNF
AC Jason McCartney 34 United States USA DNF
AC Roger Hammond 34 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Karsten Kroon 32 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Óscar Freire 32 Spain ESP DNF
AC Steve Cummings 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Maxime Monfort 25 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Matej Jurčo 23 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Roman Broniš 31 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Hichem Chabane 19 Algeria ALG DNF (lapped)
AC Juan José Haedo 27 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Zhang Liang 25 China CHN DNF (lapped)
AC Ahmed Belgasem 20 Libya LBA DNF
AC Gerald Ciolek 21 Germany GER DNF
AC Raivis Belohvoščiks 32 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Jonny Bellis 19 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Horacio Gallardo 27 Bolivia BOL DNF
AC László Bodrogi 31 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Daniel Petrov 25 Bulgaria BUL DNF (lapped)
AC Matías Médici 33 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Niki Terpstra 24 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Alejandro Borrajo 28 Argentina ARG DNF (lapped)
AC Robert Hunter 31 South Africa RSA DNF (lapped)
AC David Zabriskie 29 United States USA DNF