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Road Race, Individual, Men

Date29 July 1984 — 13:00
StatusOlympic
LocationMission Viejo, California
Participants135 from 43 countries
Format190.2 km. (118.2 miles) mass start race.

With the Soviet-led boycott, the top riders from the Soviet Union, the GDR, and Poland were not present in Los Angeles. By now, American riders were becoming more prominent internationally and the home course advantage and absent Eastern European riders led many to pick American riders as favorites. Davis Phinney was highly considered, as the best sprinter on the US team, but the course was a hilly one of 12 laps over 190.2 km., and Phinney, not a great climber, missed the winning break, eventually finishing fifth. American Alexi Grewal and Canadian Steve Bauer broke away on the penultimate lap. Though they never had a large lead on the trailing Norwegian twosome of Dag Otto Lauritzen and Morten Saether, Grewal and Bauer were able to stay away to the finish. Bauer was considered the better sprinter but Grewal pipped him in the sprint by less than a wheel. Bauer later had a solid professional career, finishing fourth at the 1988 Tour de France, and wearing the yellow jersey in both 1988 and 1990. One rider who did not finish was Miguel Induráin, who from 1991-95 became the first cyclist to win the Tour de France in five consecutive years.

Grewal also turned professional but his career was less impressive. He won a few domestic races but never won in Europe in a major international race. Grewal’s mere participation in 1984 was controversial. He had tested positive only 10 days before the Olympics, after the Coors Classic in Colorado, for phenylethylamine, a stimulant. He was suspended for 30 days by the US Cycling Federation and dropped from the Olympic team. But Grewal appealed the suspension, noting that he took albuterol for asthma and the tests were not sophisticated enough to tell the difference between the two drugs. Reinstated, he was able to race at Los Angeles.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Alexi GrewalUSA4-59:57Gold
2Steve BauerCANat 0:00Silver
3Dag Otto LauritzenNORat 0:21Bronze
4Morten SætherNORat 0:21
5Davis PhinneyUSAat 1:19
6Thurlow RogersUSAat 1:19
7Bojan RopretYUGat 1:19
8Néstor MoraCOLat 1:19
9Ron KiefelUSAat 1:43
10Richard TrinklerSUIat 1:43
11Raúl AlcaláMEXat 1:43
12Stefan MaurerSUIat 3:37
13Alberto VolpiITAat 4:10
14Per ChristianssonSWEat 4:10
15Helmut WechselbergerAUTat 4:10
16Enrique CamposVENat 4:10
17Luis Rosendo RamosMEXat 6:14
18Brian FowlerNZLat 6:48
19Martin EarleyIRLat 6:48
20Atle KvålsvollNORat 6:48
21Fabio ParraCOLat 6:48
22Thomas FreiensteinFRGat 7:51
23Francisco AntequeraESPat 11:30
24Per PedersenDENat 11:46
25Kari MyyryläinenFINat 11:46
26Lars WahlqvistSWEat 11:46
27Paul KimmageIRLat 11:46
28Daniel AmardeilhFRAat 11:46
29Philippe BouvatierFRAat 11:46
30Kjell NilssonSWEat 11:46
31Harry HannusFINat 11:46
32Stefan BryktSWEat 11:46
33Louis GarneauCANat 15:30
34Kurt ZellhoferAUTat 15:30
35Primož ČerinYUGat 15:30
36Achim StadlerFRGat 15:30
37Stephen CoxNZLat 15:30
38Patrick WackströmFINat 15:30
39Gary ThomsonIRLat 15:30
40Kim EriksenDENat 15:30
41Werner StauffFRGat 18:04
42Jure PavličYUGat 18:04
43Séamus DowneyIRLat 18:04
44Jean-Paul van PoppelNEDat 22:20
45Matsuyoshi TakahashiJPNat 22:20
46Marko CudermanYUGat 22:20
47Salvador RíosMEXat 22:20
48Park Se-RyongKORat 22:20
49Johann TraxlerAUTat 22:20
50Jeff LeslieAUSat 22:20
51Fernando CorreaVENat 22:20
52Carlos JaramilloCOLat 22:20
53Arthur TennJAMat 22:20
54Mustapha NajjariMARat 22:30
55Michael LynchAUSat 27:05
ACLuis BieraARGDNF
ACGary TrowellAUSDNF
ACJohn WattersAUSDNF
ACPaul PoppAUTDNF
ACCarlo BomansBELDNF
ACRonny Van SweeveltBELDNF
ACFrank VerleyenBELDNF
ACBuddy FordBERDNF
ACEarl GodfreyBERDNF
ACClyde WilsonBERDNF
ACJoslyn ChavarriaBIZDNF
ACWarren CoyeBIZDNF
ACLindford GillittBIZDNF
ACWernell ReneauBIZDNF
ACPierre HarveyCANDNF
ACAlain MassonCANDNF
ACCraig MerrenCAYDNF
ACDavid DibbenCAYDNF
ACAlfred EbanksCAYDNF
ACAldyn WintCAYDNF
ACManuel AravenaCHIDNF
ACRoberto MuñozCHIDNF
ACAlain AyissiCMRDNF
ACJoseph KonoCMRDNF
ACDieudonné NtepCMRDNF
ACThomas SianiCMRDNF
ACRogelio ArangoCOLDNF
ACSpyros AgrotisCYPDNF
ACOle ByrielDENDNF
ACSøren LilholtDENDNF
ACManuel DomínguezESPDNF
ACMiguel InduráinESPDNF
ACJosé Salvador SanchísESPDNF
ACHarri HedgrenFINDNF
ACClaude CarlinFRADNF
ACDenis PelizzariFRADNF
ACAndreas KappesFRGDNF
ACMark BellGBRDNF
ACNeil MartinGBRDNF
ACPete SandersGBRDNF
ACDarryl WebsterGBRDNF
ACKanellos KanellopoulosGREDNF
ACIlias KelesidisGREDNF
ACRandolph ToussaintGUYDNF
ACChoy Yiu ChungHKGDNF
ACHung Chung YamHKGDNF
ACLaw Siu OnHKGDNF
ACLeung Hung TakHKGDNF
ACHans DaamsNEDDNF
ACTwan PoelsNEDDNF
ACNico VerhoevenNEDDNF
ACStefano ColagèITADNF
ACRoberto PagninITADNF
ACRenato PiccoloITADNF
ACLorenzo MurdockJAMDNF
ACKim Cheol-SeokKORDNF
ACLee Jin-OkKORDNF
ACSin Dae-CheolKORDNF
ACSirop ArslanianLBNDNF
ACMustapha AfandiMARDNF
ACBrahim Ben BouillaMARDNF
ACAhmed RhailMARDNF
ACDyton ChimwazaMAWDNF
ACDaniel KaswangaMAWDNF
ACGeorge NayejaMAWDNF
ACAmadu YusufuMAWDNF
ACJesús RíosMEXDNF
ACHans Petter ØdegårdNORDNF
ACRoger SumichNZLDNF
ACRamón ZavaletaPERDNF
ACRamón RiveraPURDNF
ACHassan Al-AbsiKSADNF
ACMohammed Al-ShanqitiKSADNF
ACAbdullah Al-ShayeKSADNF
ACAli Al-GhazawiKSADNF
ACMaurizio CasadeiSMRDNF
ACHeinz ImbodenSUIDNF
ACBenno WissSUIDNF
ACMuharud MukasaUGADNF
ACErnest BuuleUGADNF