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Road Race, Individual, Men

Date28 July 1980 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Cycling Circuit, Krylatskoye Sports Complex, Moskva
Participants115 from 32 countries
Format189 km. (117.37 miles) mass start race.

The US-led boycott definitely affected this event as the favorite in the race could not compete. That was Greg LeMond, the first great American road cyclist at the international level. In 1979, LeMond had won the Under-23 World Championships road race, and also won silver and bronze medals on the track at that event, although he was only 18-years-old. He would later become one of the greatest professional cyclists ever, winning the Tour de France in 1986, 1989-90. The favorite in LeMond’s absence was Sergey Sukhoruchenkov (USSR), who had dominated the 1979 season and won the Peace Race, known as the “Tour de France of Eastern Europe.” The home rider did not disappoint. He first rode away on the third lap, but was joined by a group of riders two laps later. The leading pack included two former World Champions, Swiss Gilbert Glaus (1978) and Italian Gianni Giacomini (1979). Sukhoruchenkov broke away again with 32 km. remaining and won by almost three minutes, with fourth place 7:44 in arrears, the largest margin of victory since the event had become a mass start race in 1936.

Far from the leading pack finished Irish rider Stephen Roche, slightly hampered by a knee injury. Seven years later, he would stun the cycling world by winning the World Championship, the Tour de France, and the Giro d’Italia in the same year, a feat only achieved one other time, by cycling legend Eddy Merckx.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Sergey SukhoruchenkovURS4-48:28.9Gold
2Czesław LangPOLat 2:58Silver
3Yury BarinovURSat 2:58Bronze
4Thomas BarthGDRat 7:44
5Tadeusz WojtasPOLat 7:44
6Anatoly YarkinURSat 8:26
7Adrie van der PoelNEDat 8:26
8Christian FaureFRAat 8:26
9Marc MadiotFRAat 8:32
10Andreas PetermannGDRat 8:49
11Gilbert GlausSUIat 8:49
12Harry HannusFINat 8:49
13Jiří ŠkodaTCHat 8:49
14Marco CattaneoITAat 8:49
15Jacques HanegraafNEDat 8:52
16Peter JonssonSWEat 9:05
17Vlastibor KonečnýTCHat 9:10
18Gianni GiacominiITAat 9:10
19Herbert SpindlerAUTat 9:10
20Jesús TorresVENat 9:10
21John HeretyGBRat 9:10
22Krzysztof SujkaPOLat 9:10
23Yury KashirinURSat 9:10
24Kari PuistoFINat 9:10
25Michael WilsonAUSat 9:10
26Peter WinnenNEDat 9:10
27Giuseppe PetitoITAat 9:10
28András TakácsHUNat 9:10
29Richard TrinklerSUIat 12:09
30Francis CastaingFRAat 15:39
31Henning JørgensenDENat 15:39
32Olaf LudwigGDRat 15:39
33Jacques van MeerNEDat 15:39
34Mario MedinaVENat 15:39
35Hubert SeizSUIat 15:39
36Johann TraxlerAUTat 17:19
37Ladislav FerebauerTCHat 17:19
38Mauno UusivirtaFINat 17:19
39Bernt SchelerSWEat 17:19
40Zoltán HalászHUNat 17:19
41Billy KerrIRLat 17:19
42Verner BlaudzunDENat 17:19
43Régis ClèreFRAat 17:19
44Anders AdamsonSWEat 17:29
45Stephen RocheIRLat 20:29
46Luc De SmetBELat 20:37
47Jeff WilliamsGBRat 20:37
48Jürg LuchsSUIat 20:37
49Neil MartinGBRat 20:37
50Bruno BulićYUGat 22:07
51György SzuromiHUNat 24:44
52László HalászHUNat 24:44
ACKevin BradshawAUSDNF
ACRemo SansonettiAUSDNF
ACGraham SeersAUSDNF
ACHans LienhartAUTDNF
ACJan NevensBELDNF
ACRonald Van AvermaetBELDNF
ACJan WijnantsBELDNF
ACGilson AlvaristoBRADNF
ACJosé Carlos de LimaBRADNF
ACFernando LouroBRADNF
ACDavis PereiraBRADNF
ACBorislav AsenovBULDNF
ACYordan PenchevBULDNF
ACAndon PetrovBULDNF
ACNencho StaykovBULDNF
ACJoseph EvounaCMRDNF
ACJoseph KonoCMRDNF
ACThomas NyemegCMRDNF
ACNicolas OwonaCMRDNF
ACGregorio Aldo ArencibiaCUBDNF
ACCarlos CardetCUBDNF
ACAntonio QuinteroCUBDNF
ACZeragaber GebrehiwotETHDNF
ACJemal RogoraETHDNF
ACTilahun WoldesenbetETHDNF
ACMusse YohannesETHDNF
ACSixten WackströmFINDNF
ACJoe WaughGBRDNF
ACBernd DroganGDRDNF
ACTony LallyIRLDNF
ACAlberto MinettiITADNF
ACPeter AldridgeJAMDNF
ACEl-Munsif Ben YoussefLBADNF
ACAli Hamid El-AilaLBADNF
ACMohamed GanfudLBADNF
ACNuri KaheilLBADNF
ACLuvsandagvyn JargalsaikhanMGLDNF
ACBatsükhiin KhayankhyarvaaMGLDNF
ACDorjpalamyn TsolmonMGLDNF
ACDashjamtsyn TömörbaatarMGLDNF
ACJoseph FarrugiaMLTDNF
ACCarmel MuscatMLTDNF
ACAlfred TonnaMLTDNF
ACJan JankiewiczPOLDNF
ACMircea RomașcanuROUDNF
ACTeodor VasileROUDNF
ACMaurizio CasadeiSMRDNF
ACMats GustafssonSWEDNF
ACMichal KlasaTCHDNF
ACVinko PolončičYUGDNF
ACBojan RopretYUGDNF
ACBojan UdovičYUGDNF
ACDavid GillowZIMDNF
ACMichael McBeathZIMDNF
ACAllan JacobsenDENDNF
ACPer Sandahl JørgensenDENDNF
ACOlinto SilvaVENDNF
ACJuan ArroyoVENDNF
ACSalloum KaysarLBNDNF
ACKamal GhalayniLBNDNF
ACKurt ZellhoferAUTDQ
ACAlbert MicallefMLTDQ
ACRoberto TomassiniSMRDQ