| Event type

Cross-Country, Women

Date30 July 1996 — 14:30
LocationMountainbike Course, Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Georgia
Participants29 from 19 countries
Format31.8 km. (19.8 miles).

The leader in the World Cup was Canada’s Alison Sydor, who had won six of the seven races in 1996. But the Italian team had not taken part in the World Cup races in 1996. Sydor was the 1994-95 World Champion, but a challenge was expected to come from Italy’s Paola Pezzo, the 1993 World Champion and European Champion in 1994-96. After an early fall, Pezzo regained touch with the leaders quickly, and at 11 km. powered away from the pack on an uphill stretch. Pezzo opened a big lead, which Sydor closed slightly near the end, but Pezzo won gold by over a minute. The biggest story of the race, however, was likely Pezzo’s cleavage. An attractive woman, she raced on a day of sweltering heat, and to combat that, had her jersey unzipped almost to her navel. The Italian press discussed this fact almost as much as her cycling abilities. She would again win the World Championship in 1997.

1Paola PezzoITA1-50:51Gold
2Alison SydorCANat 1:07Silver
3Susan DeMatteiUSAat 1:45Bronze
4Gunn Rita DahleNORat 2:59
5Elsbeth VinkNEDat 3:47
6Annabella StropparoITAat 5:05
7Regina MarundeGERat 6:30
8Kathy LynchNZLat 6:49
9Eva Loweová-OrvošováSVKat 7:05
10Juli FurtadoUSAat 7:41
11Laurence LeboucherFRAat 8:09
12Daniela GassmannSUIat 8:20
13Lesley TomlinsonCANat 10:13
14Alla YepifanovaRUSat 10:44
15Mary GrigsonAUSat 11:47
16Silvia FürstSUIat 12:13
17Erica GreenRSAat 12:15
18Kateřina NeumannováCZEat 13:12
19Kateřina HanušováCZEat 13:14
20Laura BlancoESPat 13:29
21Lenka IlavskáSVKat 13:52
22Deb MurrellGBRat 13:53
23Kanako TanikawaJPNat 14:53
24Sandra TemporelliFRAat 16:06
25Gao HongyingCHNat 18:17
26Silvia RoviraESPat 18:26
27Nadezhda PashkovaRUSat 25:45
DNFCaroline AlexanderGBR
DNFSandra AmbrosioARG