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Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Road Race, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Kotzia Square, Athina
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004
Format: 211.2 km. (131.3 miles) mass start race.

Gold: ITA Paolo Bettini
Silver: POR Sérgio Paulinho
Bronze: BEL Axel Merckx


The defending champion [Jan Ullrich], was back for another shot at gold, but the world’s top road cyclist, [Lance Armstrong], elected not to compete after winning his sixth consecutive Tour de France in 2004 (later annulled when he doping conspiracy was revealed in 2012). Early in 2004, the favorite for the race seemed to be [Davide Rebellin], who won three classics races, Flèche-Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Amstel Gold Race. But as the summer wore on, his form went off a little. Rather than riding in the hilly country outside of Athens, the race was contested in the city, and the relatively flat course was not difficult enough to break apart the professional peleton. Into the last lap, 40 riders remained together, but a foursome of [Paolo Bettini] (ITA), [Sérgio Paulinho] (POR), [Axel Merckx] (BEL), and [Erik Zabel] (GER) got away together. On reputation, Zabel was the most highly considered, especially as a sprinter, but Bettini and Paulinho got away to win gold and silver. Merckx, the son of [Eddy Merckx], chased their break, but did not catch it, but managed to stay away to win the bronze, with Zabel winning the field sprint. Bettini was a solid professional rider. He had won several classics from 2000-2004, and a stage in the Tour de France in 2000, and he would win the World Championships road race in 2006-07.

Four riders, 3 Americans and a Canadian, were retrospectively disqualified from the race following the investigation into the US Postal team doping scandal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Paolo Bettini 30 Italy ITA Gold 5-41:44
2 Sérgio Paulinho 24 Portugal POR Silver at 0:01
3 Axel Merckx 32 Belgium BEL Bronze at 0:08
4 Erik Zabel 34 Germany GER at 0:12
5 Andrej Hauptman 29 Slovenia SLO same time
6 Kim Kirchen 26 Luxembourg LUX same time
7 Roger Hammond 30 Great Britain GBR same time
8 Frank Høj 31 Denmark DEN same time
9 Kurt Asle Arvesen 29 Norway NOR same time
10 Aleksandr Kolobnev 23 Russia RUS same time
11 Robbie McEwen 32 Australia AUS same time
12 Markus Zberg 30 Switzerland SUI same time
13 Ciarán Power 28 Ireland IRL same time
14 Marcus Ljungqvist 29 Sweden SWE same time
15 Julian Dean 29 New Zealand NZL same time
16 Fränk Schleck 24 Luxembourg LUX same time
17 Max van Heeswijk 31 Netherlands NED same time
18 Jan Ullrich 30 Germany GER same time
19 Thomas Voeckler 25 France FRA same time
20 Serhiy Honchar 34 Ukraine UKR same time
21 Georg Totschnig 33 Austria AUT same time
22 Kyrylo Pospieiev 28 Ukraine UKR same time
23 Bo Hamburger 34 Denmark DEN same time
24 Tadej Valjavec 27 Slovenia SLO same time
25 Nuno Ribeiro 26 Portugal POR same time
26 Bobby Julich 32 United States USA same time
27 Martin Elmiger 25 Switzerland SUI same time
28 Gerhard Trampusch 26 Austria AUT same time
29 Santiago Botero 31 Colombia COL same time
30 Stuart O'Grady 31 Australia AUS same time
31 Unai Etxebarría 31 Venezuela VEN same time
32 Aleksandr Vinokurov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ same time
33 Luis Laverde 25 Colombia COL same time
34 Yevgeny Petrov 26 Russia RUS same time
35 Daniele Nardello 32 Italy ITA at 0:19
36 Luca Paolini 27 Italy ITA same time
37 Peter Van Peteghem 34 Belgium BEL same time
38 Erik Dekker 33 Netherlands NED at 0:45
39 Romāns Vainšteins 31 Latvia LAT at 1:19
40 Gorazd Å tangelj 31 Slovenia SLO at 1:36
41 Laurent Brochard 36 France FRA at 2:29
42 Benoît Joachim 28 Luxembourg LUX same time
43 Cristian Moreni 31 Italy ITA same time
44 Alejandro Valverde 24 Spain ESP same time
45 Richard Virenque 34 France FRA same time
46 Philippe Gilbert 22 Belgium BEL same time
47 Uroš Murn 29 Slovenia SLO same time
48 Gerrit Glomser 29 Austria AUT at 3:37
49 Karsten Kroon 28 Netherlands NED at 5:29
50 Sergey Yakovlev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ at 7:04
51 Ruslan Ivanov 30 Moldova MDA at 8:51
52 Lars Michaelsen 35 Denmark DEN same time
53 Tomasz Brożyna 33 Poland POL same time
54 Yasutaka Tashiro 30 Japan JPN same time
55 René Andrle 30 Czech Republic CZE same time
56 Sergey Lagutin 23 Uzbekistan UZB same time
57 Nicki Sørensen 29 Denmark DEN same time
58 Janek Tombak 28 Estonia EST same time
59 Murilo Fischer 25 Brazil BRA same time
60 Ján Svorada 35 Czech Republic CZE same time
61 Jens Voigt 32 Germany GER same time
62 Ondřej Sosenka 28 Czech Republic CZE same time
63 Igor Pugaci 29 Moldova MDA same time
64 Filippo Pozzato 22 Italy ITA same time
65 Yaroslav Popovych 24 Ukraine UKR same time
66 Ryan Cox 25 South Africa RSA same time
67 Andrey Kashechkin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ same time
68 Martin Riška 29 Slovakia SVK at 9:44
69 Gustav Larsson 23 Sweden SWE same time
70 Andrey Mizurov 31 Kazakhstan KAZ same time
71 László Bodrogi 27 Hungary HUN at 15:01
72 Dawid Krupa 24 Poland POL at 18:41
AC Gonçalo Amorim 31 Portugal POR DNF
AC Óscar Freire 28 Spain ESP DNF
AC Igor González de Galdeano 30 Spain ESP DNF
AC Sylvain Chavanel 25 France FRA DNF
AC Michael Rasmussen 30 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Charly Wegelius 26 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Thomas Löfkvist 20 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Erki Pütsep 28 Estonia EST DNF
AC Jeremy Yates 22 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Andris Naudužs 28 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Mark Scanlon 23 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Matej Jurčo 20 Slovakia SVK DNF
AC Vyacheslav Yekimov 38 Russia RUS DNF
AC Gord Fraser 35 Canada CAN DNF
AC Christophe Moreau 33 France FRA DNF
AC Sławomir Kohut 26 Poland POL DNF
AC Amir Zargari 24 Iran IRI DNF
AC José Iván Gutiérrez 25 Spain ESP DNF
AC Wim Vansevenant 32 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Marc Wauters 35 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Michael Rogers 24 Australia AUS DNF
AC Fabian Cancellara 23 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Grégory Rast 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Servais Knaven 33 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Víctor Hugo Peña 30 Colombia COL DNF
AC Morten Hegreberg 27 Norway NOR DNF
AC Tiaan Kannemeyer 25 South Africa RSA DNF
AC José Chacón 27 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Dimitar Gospodinov 32 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Yevgeny Vakker 28 Kyrgyzstan KGZ DNF
AC Andreas Klöden 29 Germany GER DNF
AC Michael Rich 34 Germany GER DNF
AC Jason McCartney 30 United States USA DNF
AC Baden Cooke 25 Australia AUS DNF
AC Matt White 30 Australia AUS DNF
AC Rubens Bertogliati 25 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Denis Menshov 26 Russia RUS DNF
AC Volodymyr Duma 32 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Yuriy Krivtsov 25 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Radosław Romanik 37 Poland POL DNF
AC Sylwester Szmyd 26 Poland POL DNF
AC Julian Winn 31 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Maksim Iglinsky 23 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Bernhard Eisel 23 Austria AUT DNF
AC Cândido Barbosa 29 Portugal POR DNF
AC Magnus Bäckstedt 29 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Andrus Aug 32 Estonia EST DNF
AC Thor Hushovd 26 Norway NOR DNF
AC Mads Kaggestad 27 Norway NOR DNF
AC Heath Blackgrove 23 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Robin Reid 28 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Márcio May 32 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Eric Wohlberg 39 Canada CAN DNF
AC Aleksandr Usov 26 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Marcelo Arriagada 30 Chile CHI DNF
AC Wong Kam Po 31 Hong Kong HKG DNF
AC Ivan Stević 24 Serbia and Montenegro SCG DNF
AC Michal Hrazdíra 26 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Robert Hunter 27 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Shinri Suzuki 29 Japan JPN DNF
AC Abbas Saeidi Tanha 23 Iran IRI DNF
AC Jaan Kirsipuu 35 Estonia EST DNF
AC Luciano Pagliarini 26 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Stuart Dangerfield 32 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Vladimir Karpets 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Igor Astarloa 28 Spain ESP DNF
AC Michael Boogerd 32 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Marlon Pérez 28 Colombia COL DNF
AC George Hincapie 31 United States USA [at 0:12] DQ
AC Michael Barry 28 Canada CAN [at 0:12] DQ
AC Levi Leipheimer 30 United States USA DQ
AC Tyler Hamilton 33 United States USA DQ