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Road Race, Individual, Men

Date 7 September 1972 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationRundkurs Grünwald, Grünwald
Participants163 from 48 countries
Format200 km. (124.2 miles) mass start race.

The favorite was the Belgian Freddy Maertens, who had been runner-up at the 1971 World Championships, and had won 22 races in 1971 and 28 in 1972. The 1971 World Champion, Régis Ovion was also present in München. The course was a relatively easy and flat one. A group of some 35 riders got away on the sixth lap. Over the last lap, the Dutchman Hennie Kuiper was able to go off the front of the breakaway and eventually won by 27 seconds. The third-placed rider was Jaime Huélamo, but he was disqualified after a positive doping test for Coramine, a stimulant. Because fourth-place finisher Bruce Biddle was not tested for drugs, no bronze medal was awarded. Maertens finished 13th and Ovion 15th. The race was marred by the presence of four cyclists from the Irish Republican Army, who jumped into the field to protest the Irish riders competing against cyclists from Northern Ireland (who competed for Great Britain). They were arrested but were later released.

Hennie Kuiper had an excellent, and very long, career as a pro, winning the World Championships (1975), Paris-Roubaix (1983), the Giro di Lombardia (1981), Milan-San Remo (1985), the Tour de Suisse (1976), and the Ronde de Vlaanderen (1981), as well as twice finishing second at the Tour de France (1977, 1980).

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Hennie KuiperNED4-14:37Gold
2Clyde SeftonAUSat 0:27Silver
3UNK1
4Bruce BiddleNZLat 0:27
5Phil BaytonGBRat 0:30
6Phil EdwardsGBRat 0:30
7Wilfried TrottFRGat 0:30
8Francesco MoserITAat 0:36
9Miguel SamacáCOLat 0:36
10Jesús SarabiaMEXat 0:36
11Piet van KatwijkNEDat 0:36
12Cees PriemNEDat 0:36
13Freddy MaertensBELat 0:36
14Roman HumenbergerAUTat 0:36
15Régis OvionFRAat 0:36
16Francisco ElorriagaESPat 0:36
17Tore MilsettNORat 0:36
18Jiří PrchalTCHat 0:36
19Bruno HubschmidSUIat 0:36
20Iwan SchmidSUIat 0:36
21Jørgen MarcussenDENat 0:36
22Erwin TischlerFRGat 0:36
23András TakácsHUNat 0:36
24Ueli SutterSUIat 0:36
25Fedor den HertogNEDat 0:36
26Fernando CruzCOLat 0:36
27Erny KirchenLUXat 0:36
28Ove JensenDENat 0:36
29Graeme JoseAUSat 0:44
30Karl-Heinz OberfranzGDRat 2:32.0
31Ryszard SzurkowskiPOLat 2:32.0
32John TrevorrowAUSat 2:32.0
33Wolfgang WesemannGDRat 2:32.0
34Valery LikhachovURSat 2:32.0
35Anatoly StarkovURSat 2:32.0
36Lucjan LisPOLat 2:32.0
37José ViejoESPat 2:32.0
38Liam HornerIRLat 2:32.0
39Bernard BourreauFRAat 2:32.0
40Kieron McQuaidIRLat 2:32.0
41Jiří HávaTCHat 2:32.0
42Lennart FagerlundSWEat 2:32.0
43Radoš ČubrićYUGat 2:32.0
44Sven-Åke NilssonSWEat 2:32.0
45Staf HermansBELat 2:32.0
46Johann SummerAUTat 2:32.0
47Petr MatoušekTCHat 2:32.0
48Henning JørgensenDENat 2:32.0
49Walter RiccomiITAat 2:32.0
50Paul BrydonNZLat 2:32.0
51Jože ValenčičYUGat 2:32.0
52Brian ChewterCANat 2:32.0
53Tekeste WolduETHat 2:32.0
54Tomás NistalESPat 2:32.0
55Wolfgang SteinmayrAUTat 2:32.0
56Lucien DidierLUXat 2:32.0
57Alfred GaidaFRGat 2:32.0
58Donald AllanAUSat 2:32.0
59Lucien De BrauwereBELat 2:32.0
60Teodor VasileROUat 2:32.0
61John HowardUSAat 2:32.0
62Tom MorrisCANat 2:32.0
63John AllisUSAat 2:32.0
64Tibor DebreceniHUNat 2:32.0
65Marcel DucheminFRAat 2:32.0
66Juan MoralesCOLat 2:32.0
67Imre GéraHUNat 2:32.0
68Peter WeibelFRGat 2:32.0
69Peter DoyleIRLat 2:32.0
70Thorleif AndresenNORat 2:32.0
71Rudolf MittereggerAUTat 2:32.0
72Gilles DurandCANat 2:36.0
73Ali HüryılmazTURat 2:36.0
74Walter TardáguilaURUat 2:51.0
75Gregorio Aldo ArencibiaCUBat 4:17.0
76Stanisław SzozdaPOLat 6:04.0
DNFRissom Gebre MeskeiETH
DNFFisihasion GhebreyesusETH
DNFIvan TrifonovURS
DNFMiguel Silva JúniorBRA
DNFJosé PrietoCUB
DNFPedro RodríguezCUB
DNFRaúl Marcelo VázquezCUB
DNFNoel TeggartIRL
DNFDave LloydGBR
DNFDaniele CesarettiSMR
DNFJean Bernard DjambouCMR
DNFRoberto BreppeARG
DNFWolfram KühnGDR
DNFMario MargalefURU
DNFAlberto RodríguezURU
DNFJorge JukichURU
DNFPaul KindLIE
DNFVern HanarayNZL
DNFHugo SchärSUI
DNFGrimon LangsonMAW
DNFJan SmyrakPOL
DNFSataporn Kantasa-ArdTHA
DNFSivaporn RatanapoolTHA
DNFPramote SangskulroteTHA
DNFPanya SingprayoolTHA
DNFAbdul Bahar-ud-Din RahumMAS
DNFDaud IbrahimMAS
DNFSaad FadzilMAS
DNFOmar SaadMAS
DNFHarry HannusFIN
DNFMauno UusivirtaFIN
DNFTapani VuorenhelaFIN
DNFOle WackströmFIN
DNFMevlüt BoraTUR
DNFRıfat ÇalışkanTUR
DNFHaluk GünözgenTUR
DNFFabio AcevedoCOL
DNFOrlando BatesBAR
DNFDieter GonschorekGDR
DNFArve HaugenNOR
DNFJan HenriksenNOR
DNFSuleman Abdul RahmanETH
DNFPat GellineauTTO
DNFClive SaneyTTO
DNFAnthony SellierTTO
DNFVernon StaubleTTO
DNFLindsay GauldCAN
DNFTarek Abou Al DahabLBN
DNFEigil SørensenDEN
DNFHector EdwardsBAR
DNFJoseph EvounaCMR
DNFEugen PleškoYUG
DNFAlois HolíkTCH
DNFJanez ZakotnikYUG
DNFRobert OliverNZL
DNFNicolas OwonaCMR
DNFJoseph KonoCMR
DNFFrans Van LooyBEL
DNFJohn ClewarthGBR
DNFFranco OngaratoITA
DNFAldo ParecchiniITA
DNFJózsef PetermanHUN
DNFGbedikpe Emmanuel AmouzouTOG
DNFCharles LeodoTOG
DNFTompson MensahTOG
DNFMaximo JuntaPHI
DNFAgustín AlcántaraMEX
DNFFrancisco HuertaMEX
DNFEmile WaldteufelUSA
DNFFrancisco VázquezMEX
DNFRobert SchneiderUSA
DNFLuiz Carlos FloresBRA
DNFBernt JohanssonSWE
DNFLeif HanssonSWE
DNFEnrique AyllónPER
DNFGilberto ChoccePER
DNFFernando CuencaPER
DNFCarlos EspinozaPER
DNFHoward FentonJAM
DNFRadcliffe LawrenceJAM
DNFMichael LeckyJAM
DNFXavier MiranderJAM
DNFValery YardyURS
DNFKensley ReeceBAR
DNFRaymond MartinFRA
DNFRaphael KazembeMAW
DNFShue Ming-FaTPE
DQJaime HuélamoESP[at 0:27]2