| Event type

Individual Time Trial, Men

Date30 September 2000 — 12:00-15:30
LocationCycling Road Course, Centennial Parklands, Sydney, New South Wales
Participants38 from 26 countries
Format46.8 km. (29.1 miles).

Three days before this event, Germany’s Jan Ullrich had won the road race. One of the world’s top road racers, the winner of the Tour de France in 1997, Ullrich was a time trial specialist and was the favorite. His biggest competition was expected to come from Lance Armstrong. Armstrong had competed in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, but had not yet an Olympic medal. Shortly after the 1996 Olympics, he was discovered to have testicular cancer, which had metastasized to his brain and liver. Enduring long courses of chemotherapy, and several surgeries, his return to the professional peloton was in doubt. But return he did, winning the Tour de France in both 1999 and 2000, with Ullrich second in 2000, and Armstrong would eventually win the race seven consecutive times – 1999-2005. Also formidable in the time trial, the race was expected to come down to these two, and they were the last two riders off. The 25th rider to start, of 38, was Russian Vyacheslav Yekimov. Yekimov, a 1988 gold medalist in the team pursuit and former world champion in the individual pursuit, was now a top professional road racer, and had served as a capable lieutenant on Armstrong’s US Postal Service team. He had a very long career and in the late 80s, had been the top individual pursuiter in the world for the Soviet Union. When Yekimov started the time trial, the leader was Kazakh Andrey Teteryuk but Yekimov finished in 57:40, besting Teteryuk by over a minute. And the time held up as numerous top pros had failed to better it by the time Armstrong and Ullrich started. At the first checkpoint, they trailed Yekimov’s time, and they were never able to get ahead of him, as Yekimov won a very surprising gold medal, with Ullrich second and Armstrong seemingly winning his only Olympic medal, a bronze.

Even though Armstrong was the dominant cyclist of the decade whispers of drug use continued to haunt him. He may have retired with the reputation intact but the United States Anti-Doping agency were hard on his trail. In August 2012 they announced that their long investigation had concluded that he had used illegal performance-enhancing drugs from 1998 onwards and they voided his results for the period of his greatest successes including all his Tour De France victories. His Olympic medal was also forfeited.

1Vyacheslav YekimovRUS57:40.420Gold
2Jan UllrichGER57:48.333Silver
4Abraham OlanoESP58:31.647
5Laurent JalabertFRA58:44.455
6Andrey TeteryukKAZ58:52.342
7Thor HushovdNOR59:00.015
8Santos GonzálezESP59:03.202
9Serhiy HoncharUKR59:20.611
10Tyler HamiltonUSA59:26.548
11Chris BoardmanGBR59:32.230
12Andreas KlödenGER59:33.971
13Christophe MoreauFRA59:37.062
14Yevgeny PetrovRUS59:40.690
15Raivis BelohvoščiksLAT59:57.852
16David MillarGBR1-00:17.708
17Yevgeny VakkerKGZ1-00:21.925
18Serhiy MatvieievUKR1-00:25.933
19Nathan O'NeillAUS1-00:32.749
20Eric WohlbergCAN1-00:34.353
21Dainis OzolsLAT1-00:46.390
22Martin HvastijaSLO1-01:08.831
23Raimondas RumšasLTU1-01:08.954
24Víctor Hugo PeñaCOL1-01:10.518
25Artūras KasputisLTU1-01:22.794
26Koos MoerenhoutNED1-01:27.159
27Aleksandr VinokurovKAZ1-01:34.259
28Tomáš KonečnýCZE1-01:36.565
29Erik DekkerNED1-01:40.363
30Martin RittselSWE1-01:59.765
31Piotr WadeckiPOL1-02:04.653
32Lauri AusEST1-02:16.275
33Alex ZülleSUI1-02:34.088
34René HaselbacherAUT1-02:38.328
35Vítor GamitoPOR1-03:16.742
36Amru El-NadyEGY1-03:18.318
37Michael AnderssonSWE1-05:19.037
DNFMichael SandstødDEN
DQLance ArmstrongUSA[58:14.267]1