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Road Race, Individual, Women

Date21 July 1996 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationBuckhead Cycling Course, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants58 from 30 countries
Format104.40 km. (64.87 miles) mass start race.

As always the favorite was France’s Jeannie Longo. By 1996 she had won 10 world championships, five on the roads, and had even won a silver medal in mountain biking at the 1993 World Championships. However, at 37, the French cycling federation considered her too old and stopped funding her, but they selected her for the Games anyway. On the eighth lap of the race, Longo got away with Italy’s Imelda Chiappa and Clara Hughes (CAN) and Anna Wilson (AUS). In the pouring rain, Wilson was dropped quickly, but the other three stayed away. Early on the final lap, Longo powered away from Chiappa and Hughes and rode to her much deserved gold medal. Hughes returned to the Olympics in 2000 in cycling and in 2002 and 2006, competed at the Winter Olympics in speed skating. Winning medals in both years on the ice, she is one of the few athletes (five thru 2006) to have won medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The defending champion, Kathy Watt, also competed but missed the winning break and finished ninth.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Jeannie Longo-CiprelliFRA2-36:13Gold
2Imelda ChiappaITAat 0:25Silver
3Clara HughesCANat 0:31Bronze
4Vera HohlfeldGERat 0:53
5Jolanta PolikevičiūtėLTUat 0:53
6Zulfiya ZabirovaRUSat 0:53
7Alessandra CappellottoITAat 0:53
8Barbara HeebSUIat 0:53
9Kathy WattAUSat 0:53
10Sue PalmerCANat 0:53
11Marie PurvisGBRat 0:53
12Rasa PolikevičiūtėLTUat 0:53
13Yvonne SchnorfSUIat 0:53
14Zinaida StahurskayaBLRat 0:53
15Diana RastSUIat 0:53
16Catherine MarsalFRAat 0:53
17Anna WilsonAUSat 0:53
18Ragnhild KostølNORat 0:53
19Sarah PhillipsGBRat 0:53
20Heidi Van De VijverBELat 0:53
21Joane SomarribaESPat 0:53
22Tanja KleinAUTat 0:53
23Ana BarrosPORat 0:53
24Lenka IlavskáSVKat 0:53
25Susanne LjungskogSWEat 0:53
26Yvonne BrunenNEDat 0:53
27Eva Loweová-OrvošováSVKat 0:53
28Elsbeth VinkNEDat 0:53
29Jeanne GolayUSAat 0:53
30Nataliya KyshchukUKRat 0:53
31Susy PrydeNZLat 0:53
32Roberta BonanomiITAat 0:53
33Rebecca BaileyNZLat 0:53
34Tea Vikstedt-NymanFINat 0:53
35Erica GreenRSAat 1:08
36Linda BrennemanUSAat 4:14
37Alison DunlapUSAat 5:08
38Marion ClignetFRAat 5:37
39Tracey WatsonAUSat 6:22
40Fátima BlázquezESPat 10:14
41Guo XinghongCHNat 13:34
42Jackie MartinRSAat 16:59
43Caroline AlexanderGBRat 17:34
DNFLinda JacksonCAN
DNFZhao HaijuanCHN
DNFDania PérezCUB
DNFCamille SolisBIZ
DNFSvetlana SamokhvalovaRUS
DNFIngunn BollerudNOR
DNFAlla VasilenkoKAZ
DNFDiana ŽiliūtėLTU
DNFJacqui NelsonNZL
DNFMaureen KailaESA
DNFMaritza CorredorCOL
DNFIngrid HaringaNED
DNFKim Yong-MiKOR
DNFSvetlana BubnenkovaRUS
DNFIzaskun BengoaESP