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Road Race, Individual, Men

Date31 July 1996 — 08:30
StatusOlympic
LocationBuckhead Cycling Course, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants183 from 57 countries
Format221.85 km. (137.85 miles) mass start race.

For the first time at the Olympics, all the top professional riders were allowed to compete. This caused some changes to the road race especially. The race was longer, at 221.85 km., more in keeping with the length of professional classics. And each nation was allowed to have five riders, rather than the standard three, to allow the nations’ teams to work together more, similar to the professional peleton. It was difficult to choose a favorite for the race. Spain’s Miguel Induráin, who had won the Tour de France was in the race, his first Olympic appearance since 1984. But he had lost the 1996 Tour de France, and was not a great sprinter or classics rider. The race came down to a three-man break, consisting of Pascal Richard (FRA), Rolf Sørensen (DEN), and Max Sciandri (GBR), who got away with 33 km. remaining. Richard won the sprint for the gold medal. The Americans had hoped for a medal on their home course, but had to settle for fourth place, as Frankie Andreu won a three-rider sprint for the 4th-6th places.

There were 183 riders from 57 nations in the race, but one more country had also attempted to enter the event. Eritrea had gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but was not yet recognized by the IOC, failing to meet the minimum requirement of five national sports federations. They had only a cycling federation, which sent Yonas Zekerias and Bekeret Zere to Atlanta apparently in ignorance of the IOC decision. But they were not allowed to compete.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Pascal RichardSUI4-53:56Gold
2Rolf SørensenDENat 0:00Silver
3Max SciandriGBRat 0:02Bronze
4Frankie AndreuUSAat 1:14
5Richard VirenqueFRAat 1:14
6Melchor MauriESPat 1:15
7Fabio BaldatoITAat 1:28
8Michele BartoliITAat 1:28
9Zbigniew SpruchPOLat 1:29
10Johan MuseeuwBELat 1:29
11Jesper SkibbyDENat 1:29
12Lance ArmstrongUSAat 1:29
13Dmitry KonyshevRUSat 2:29
14Serhiy UshakovUKRat 2:29
15Wilfried PeetersBELat 2:32
16Olaf LudwigGERat 2:36
17Laurent BrochardFRAat 2:37
18Arvis PiziksLATat 2:37
19Neil StephensAUSat 2:38
20Erik ZabelGERat 2:47
21Laurent JalabertFRAat 2:47
22Kaspars OzersLATat 2:47
23Robbie McEwenAUSat 2:48
24Jaan KirsipuuESTat 2:48
25Frank VandenbrouckeBELat 2:48
26Miguel InduráinESPat 2:48
27Vasily DavidenkoRUSat 2:48
28Rolf AldagGERat 2:48
29Andrey KivilyovKAZat 2:48
30Ján SvoradaCZEat 2:48
31Juris SilovsLATat 2:48
32Francesco CasagrandeITAat 2:48
33Andriy ChmilUKRat 2:48
34Michel LafisSWEat 2:48
35Glenn MagnussonSWEat 2:49
36Lauri AusESTat 2:49
37Maurizio FondriestITAat 2:49
38Erik DekkerNEDat 2:49
39Orlando RodriguesPORat 2:49
40Brian HolmDENat 2:49
41Steve BauerCANat 2:49
42Lars MichaelsenDENat 2:49
43Oleh PankovUKRat 2:49
44Werner RiebenbauerAUTat 2:49
45Erik BreukinkNEDat 2:49
46Harald MorscherAUTat 2:49
47Rubén MarínCOLat 2:49
48Pedro LopesPORat 2:49
49Andres LaukESTat 2:50
50Sławomir ChrzanowskiPOLat 2:50
51Pavel TonkovRUSat 2:50
52Beat ZbergSUIat 2:50
53Aleksandr VinokurovKAZat 2:50
54Peter WrolichAUTat 2:50
55Markus AnderssonSWEat 2:50
56Aart VierhoutenNEDat 2:50
57Joona LaukkaFINat 2:50
58Pyotr UgryumovRUSat 2:50
59Milan DvorščíkSVKat 2:50
60Johan BruyneelBELat 2:51
61Doug RyderRSAat 2:51
62Georg TotschnigAUTat 2:51
63Kari MyyryläinenFINat 2:51
64Michael BarryCANat 2:51
65Damian McDonaldAUSat 2:51
66Ric ReidNZLat 2:51
67Abraham OlanoESPat 2:52
68Ján ValachSVKat 2:52
69Paval KavetskyBLRat 2:52
70Robert PintaričSLOat 2:52
71Eduardo GracianoMEXat 2:53
72David McCannIRLat 2:53
73Veaceslav OriolMDAat 2:53
74Greg RandolphUSAat 2:53
75Gord FraserCANat 2:53
76George HincapieUSAat 2:53
77Manuel FernándezESPat 2:53
78Nuno MartaPORat 2:53
79Malcolm ElliottGBRat 2:53
80Eric WohlbergCANat 2:54
81Peter LuttenbergerAUTat 2:54
82Mario CipolliniITAat 2:54
83Didier RousFRAat 2:54
84Javier ZapataCOLat 2:54
85Aleksandr SheferKAZat 2:54
86Óscar GiraldoCOLat 2:54
87Bjarne RiisDENat 2:55
88Jacques LandryCANat 2:55
89Andrey TeteryukKAZat 2:55
90Eduardo UribeMEXat 2:55
91Mauro RibeiroBRAat 2:55
92Dainis OzolsLATat 2:55
93Steve HeggUSAat 2:55
94Tomasz BrożynaPOLat 2:56
95Remigijus LupeikisLTUat 2:56
96Raido KodaniporkESTat 2:56
97Blayne WiknerRSAat 2:56
98Stephen HodgeAUSat 2:57
99John TannerGBRat 2:57
100Dzhamolidin AbduzhaparovUZBat 2:57
101Marino AlonsoESPat 2:57
102Patrick JonkerAUSat 2:57
103Yevgeny BerzinRUSat 2:57
104Alex ZülleSUIat 2:58
105Rolf JärmannSUIat 2:58
106Romāns VainšteinsLATat 2:58
107Frédéric MoncassinFRAat 2:59
108Tristan HoffmanNEDat 2:59
109Tom SteelsBELat 3:00
110Thomas FrischknechtSUIat 3:08
111Danny NelissenNEDat 3:14
112Cândido BarbosaPORat 7:33
113Yauhen HolovanouBLRat 11:42
114José AzevedoPORat 11:42
115Pavel ZadubanSVKat 11:43
116Hussein MonsalveVENat 11:43
117Irving AguilarMEXat 11:43
DNFManuel GuevaraVEN
DNFVolodymyr PulnikovUKR
DNFAli Sayed DarwishUAE
DNFOsamu SumidaJPN
DNFSvein Gaute HølestølNOR
DNFDubán RamírezCOL
DNFAntón VillatoroGUA
DNFRaúl MontañaCOL
DNFPaulo CaicedoECU
DNFPedro RodríguezECU
DNFIgor PugaciMDA
DNFOmar OchoaGUA
DNFMarlon PaniaguaGUA
DNFFelipe LópezGUA
DNFEdwin SantosGUA
DNFAleh BandarikBLR
DNFViachaslau HiermanBLR
DNFRaimondas RumšasLTU
DNFVíctor GarridoCHI
DNFArsen GhazaryanARM
DNFWong Kam PoHKG
DNFPark Min-SuKOR
DNFDashnyamyn Tömör-OchirMGL
DNFChen Chih-HaoTPE
DNFTimothy JonesZIM
DNFMykhailo KhalilovUKR
DNFMichael RichGER
DNFLászló BodrogiHUN
DNFRuslan IvanovMDA
DNFRaimondas VilčinskasLTU
DNFRubén AbreuVEN
DNFCarlos Alberto MoyaVEN
DNFIgor BonciucovMDA
DNFOleg TonoritchiMDA
DNFUwe PeschelGER
DNFDariusz BaranowskiPOL
DNFBrian SmithGBR
DNFHéctor ChilesECU
DNFMichael AnderssonSWE
DNFMiroslav LiptákSVK
DNFRóbert NagySVK
DNFLinas BalčiūnasLTU
DNFJonas RomanovasLTU
DNFGregorio BareURU
DNFLauri ResikEST
DNFBrian FowlerNZL
DNFScott GuytonNZL
DNFBesnik MusajALB
DNFGustavo ArtachoARG
DNFRicardo GuedesURU
DNFHernandes Quadri JúniorBRA
DNFRubén PegorínARG
DNFAdán JuárezMEX
DNFGlen MitchellNZL
DNFElliot HubbardBER
DNFJosé BalaustreVEN
DNFJamil SuaidenBRA
DNFMárcio MayBRA
DNFDaniel RogelinBRA
DNFKazuyuki ManabeJPN
DNFLucien DirkszARU
DNFYoussef Khanfar Al-ShakaliOMA
DNFAliaksandr SharapouBLR
DNFDomingo GonzálezMEX
DNFYousef ShadiLBA
DNFStefan BaraudCAY