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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
35Anatoliy 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
ACRissom Gebre MeskeiETHDNF
ACFisihasion GhebreyesusETHDNF
ACIvan TrifonovURSDNF
ACMiguel Silva JúniorBRADNF
ACJosé PrietoCUBDNF
ACPedro RodríguezCUBDNF
ACRaúl Marcelo VázquezCUBDNF
ACNoel TaggartIRLDNF
ACDave LloydGBRDNF
ACDaniele CesarettiSMRDNF
ACJean Bernard DjambouCMRDNF
ACRoberto BreppeARGDNF
ACWolfram KühnGDRDNF
ACMario MargalefURUDNF
ACAlberto RodríguezURUDNF
ACJorge JukichURUDNF
ACPaul KindLIEDNF
ACVern HanarayNZLDNF
ACHugo SchärSUIDNF
ACGrimon LangsonMAWDNF
ACJan SmyrakPOLDNF
ACSataporn Kantasa-ArdTHADNF
ACSivaporn RatanapoolTHADNF
ACPramote SangskulroteTHADNF
ACPanya SingprayoolTHADNF
ACAbdul Bahar-ud-Din RahumMASDNF
ACDaud IbrahimMASDNF
ACSaad FadzilMASDNF
ACOmar SaadMASDNF
ACHarry HannusFINDNF
ACMauno UusivirtaFINDNF
ACTapani VuorenhelaFINDNF
ACOle WackströmFINDNF
ACMevlüt BoraTURDNF
ACRıfat ÇalışkanTURDNF
ACHaluk GünözgenTURDNF
ACFabio AcevedoCOLDNF
ACOrlando BatesBARDNF
ACDieter GonschorekGDRDNF
ACArve HaugenNORDNF
ACJan HenriksenNORDNF
ACSuleman Abdul RahmanETHDNF
ACPat GellineauTTODNF
ACClive SaneyTTODNF
ACAnthony SellierTTODNF
ACVernon StaubleTTODNF
ACLindsay GauldCANDNF
ACTarek Abou Al DahabLBNDNF
ACEigil SørensenDENDNF
ACHector EdwardsBARDNF
ACJoseph EvounaCMRDNF
ACEugen PleškoYUGDNF
ACAlois HolíkTCHDNF
ACJanez ZakotnikYUGDNF
ACRobert OliverNZLDNF
ACNicolas OwonaCMRDNF
ACJoseph KonoCMRDNF
ACFrans Van LooyBELDNF
ACJohn ClewarthGBRDNF
ACFranco OngaratoITADNF
ACAldo ParecchiniITADNF
ACJózsef PetermanHUNDNF
ACGbedikpe Emmanuel AmouzouTOGDNF
ACCharles LeodoTOGDNF
ACTompson MensahTOGDNF
ACMaximo JuntaPHIDNF
ACAgustín AlcántaraMEXDNF
ACFrancisco HuertaMEXDNF
ACEmile WaldteufelUSADNF
ACFrancisco VázquezMEXDNF
ACRobert SchneiderUSADNF
ACLuiz Carlos FloresBRADNF
ACBernt JohanssonSWEDNF
ACLeif HanssonSWEDNF
ACEnrique AyllónPERDNF
ACGilberto ChoccePERDNF
ACFernando CuencaPERDNF
ACCarlos EspinozaPERDNF
ACHoward FentonJAMDNF
ACRadcliffe LawrenceJAMDNF
ACMichael LeckyJAMDNF
ACXavier MiranderJAMDNF
ACValery YardyURSDNF
ACKensley ReeceBARDNF
ACRaymond MartinFRADNF
ACRaphael KazembeMAWDNF
ACShue Ming-FaTPEDNF
ACJaime HuélamoESPat 0:27DQ2