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Points Race, Men

Date24 August 2004 — 17:30-18:20
LocationOlympiako Podilatodromio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants23 from 23 countries
Format160 laps (40 km). Sixteen sprints, one every 10 laps (2.5 km) with points awarded - 5-3-2-1 - to the top four finishers in each sprint. 20 point bonus for lapping field.

The format and point scoring for the points race was changed for 2004. Previously points were scored for field sprints at various intervals of the race. But the winners could only be the riders staying on the same lap as the leaders. In 2004, the scoring was adjusted so that lapping any rider earned a 20-point bonus and this was added to the points for field sprints. This created the same effect but made it easier to sort out the leaders. The race was conducted over 40 km. (160 laps) with sprints every 10 laps. Young Russian Mikhail Ignatyev was unheralded but won the race by having a lap advantage on four other riders. Five stragglers in the race had been lapped four times by Ignatyev, but only three times by the chase group. Thus Ignatyev had 80 lap points, and 13 sprint points, or 93 in all. Second went to multi-World Champion and defending gold medalist Juan Llaneras (ESP). He had 22 sprint points, but trailed Ignatyev by a lap, so he was given only 60 lap points, or 82 in all. Llaneras earned silver by winning the 13th, 14th, and 15th sprints to move into second place.

1Mikhail IgnatyevRUS93---13Gold
2Joan LlanerasESP82at 1 lap22Silver
3Guido FulstGER79at 1 lap19Bronze
4Greg HendersonNZL68at 1 lap8
5Milan KadlecCZE65at 1 lap5
6Mark RenshawAUS60at 2 laps20
7Peter SchepNED58at 2 laps18
8Angelo CicconeITA49at 2 laps9
9Milton WynantsURU46at 2 laps6
10Franck PerqueFRA43at 2 laps3
11Marco ArriagadaCHI25at 3 laps5
12Yauhen SobalBLR24at 3 laps4
13Juan Esteban CuruchetARG23at 3 laps3
14Colby PearceUSA23at 3 laps3
15Aleksey KolesovKAZ22at 3 laps2
16Makoto IijimaJPN13at 4 laps13
17Franz StocherAUT9at 4 laps9
18Matthew GilmoreBEL7at 4 laps7
19Vasyl YakovlevUKR3at 4 laps3
20Wong Kam PoHKG2at 4 laps2
DNFChris NewtonGBR1
DNFTomas VaitkusLTU2
DNFMehdi SohrabiIRI3