Host City: Ciudad de MÃ©xico, Mexico
Venue(s): Satellite Course, Ciudad SatÃ©lite, Ciudad de Mexico
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 15, 1968
Format: Four-man teams.
The team time trial, actually over 104 km., came down to the Netherlands, Sweden, and Italy. Sweden led with the fastest split for the first 50 km., 1-03:10.20, but they had only a narrow lead over the Dutch team, who recorded 1-03:11.50. Italy was 40 seconds back with 1-30:50.65. But the second half of the race belonged to the Dutch team. Their final split of 1-04:37.66 was almost 2 minutes faster than Swedenâs and brought them the gold medal. The Netherlands was led by [Joop Zoetemelk], who turned pro in 1970 and had a long, successful career in the pro Â¬peloton. In his first two years, he placed second in the Tour de France. He would finally win the Tour de France in 1980, after five second place finishes (and a sixth in 1982), and he also won the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a in 1979. In 1985, Zoetemelk became the oldest ever winner of the World Professional Road Race. The Swedish team was unique in Olympic history, consisting of four brothers, the Petterssonâs â [Erik], [GÃ¶sta], [Sture], and [Tomas]. World Champions in 1967, 1968, and 1979, they would later change their name to FÃ¥glum, in honor of the village in which they grew up.