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Men's Omnium

Cycling at the 2012 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Velodrome, London Velopark, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: DEN Lasse Norman Hansen
Silver: FRA Bryan Coquard
Bronze: GBR Ed Clancy


The omnium was a new event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, with the men's version designed to replace the individual pursuit, points race, and madison events from the previous Games. It had been a World Championship event since 2007 and, consisting of six different sub-events, no rider is likely to specialize in all of them, and thus no man had held the world title more than once. The reigning World Champion, Australia's [Glenn O'Shea], was heralded as a potential victor and a possible favorite, but the hometown advantage of Britain's [Ed Clancy] could not be discounted, as he had been the 2010 World Champion. American [Taylor Phinney] may have been a contender, as the 2009 and 2010 individual pursuit World Champion. When individual pursuit was removed from the Olympics, Phinney briefly considered taking up omnium, but ultimately settled on the more financially lucrative road race and time trial.

With a time of over half a second faster than his nearest opponent in the 250m flying lap, Clancy took an early lead by winning the first event, but dropped off somewhat with an eleventh place finish in a points race won by Germany's [Roger Kluge]. [Bryan Coquard] of France took first place in the elimination race, leaving him in first overall after the first day, following fifth and fourth place finishes in the flying lap and points race respectively. The star of the second day, however, was undoubtedly [Lasse Norman Hansen] of Denmark, the bronze medalist from the 2012 World Championships. He was fifth at the end of the first day, having finished fourth, second, and twelfth in the flying lap, points race, and elimination race respectively, but came back with a victory in the 4000m individual pursuit. In the 15km scratch race he placed sixth, despite crashing out early in the event and having to catch up to a leading group that had already lapped the main pack. In the final event, the 1000m time trial, Clancy put forth a brilliant effort to come in first, but Hansen's second place finish still earned him overall gold, with the Briton having to settle for bronze behind Coquard.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS CT
1 Lasse Norman Hansen 20 Denmark DEN Gold 27
2 Bryan Coquard 20 France FRA Silver 29
3 Ed Clancy 27 Great Britain GBR Bronze 30
4 Roger Kluge 26 Germany GER 33
5 Glenn O'Shea 23 Australia AUS 34 5:40.546
6 Elia Viviani 23 Italy ITA 34 5:46.097
7 Shane Archbold 23 New Zealand NZL 48
8 Zach Bell 29 Canada CAN 49
9 Eloy Teruel 29 Spain ESP 59
10 Juan Arango 25 Colombia COL 60 5:42.739
11 Jo Ho-Seong 38 South Korea KOR 60 5:50.146
12 Bobby Lea 28 United States USA 61
13 Martyn Irvine 27 Ireland IRL 64
14 Walter Pérez 37 Argentina ARG 72
15 Gijs Van Hoecke 20 Belgium BEL 77
16 Choi Ki Ho 21 Hong Kong HKG 89
17 Carlos Linares 20 Venezuela VEN 96
18 Luis Mansilla 25 Chile CHI 104