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Road Race, Individual, Men

Date14 August 2004 — 12:45
StatusOlympic
LocationPlateia Kozia, Athina
Participants144 from 43 countries
Format211.2 km. (131.3 miles) mass start race.

The defending champion Jan Ullrich, was back for another shot at gold, but the world’s top road cyclist, Lance Armstrong, elected not to compete after winning his sixth consecutive Tour de France in 2004 (later annulled when he doping conspiracy was revealed in 2012). Early in 2004, the favorite for the race seemed to be Davide Rebellin, who won three classics races, Flèche-Wallone, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the Amstel Gold Race. But as the summer wore on, his form went off a little. Rather than riding in the hilly country outside of Athens, the race was contested in the city, and the relatively flat course was not difficult enough to break apart the professional peleton. Into the last lap, 40 riders remained together, but a foursome of Paolo Bettini (ITA), Sérgio Paulinho (POR), Axel Merckx (BEL), and Erik Zabel (GER) got away together. On reputation, Zabel was the most highly considered, especially as a sprinter, but Bettini and Paulinho got away to win gold and silver. Merckx, the son of Eddy Merckx, chased their break, but did not catch it, but managed to stay away to win the bronze, with Zabel winning the field sprint. Bettini was a solid professional rider. He had won several classics from 2000-2004, and a stage in the Tour de France in 2000, and he would win the World Championships road race in 2006-07.

Four riders, 3 Americans and a Canadian, were retrospectively disqualified from the race following the investigation into the US Postal team doping scandal.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCTimeMargin
1Paolo BettiniITA5-41:44Gold
2Sérgio PaulinhoPORat 0:01Silver
3Axel MerckxBELat 0:08Bronze
4Erik ZabelGERat 0:12
5Andrej HauptmanSLOsame time
6Kim KirchenLUXsame time
7Roger HammondGBRsame time
8Frank HøjDENsame time
9Kurt Asle ArvesenNORsame time
10Aleksandr KolobnevRUSsame time
11Robbie McEwenAUSsame time
12Markus ZbergSUIsame time
13Ciarán PowerIRLsame time
14Marcus LjungqvistSWEsame time
15Julian DeanNZLsame time
16Fränk SchleckLUXsame time
17Max van HeeswijkNEDsame time
18Jan UllrichGERsame time
19Thomas VoecklerFRAsame time
20Serhiy HoncharUKRsame time
21Georg TotschnigAUTsame time
22Kyrylo PospieievUKRsame time
23Bo HamburgerDENsame time
24Tadej ValjavecSLOsame time
25Nuno RibeiroPORsame time
26Bobby JulichUSAsame time
27Martin ElmigerSUIsame time
28Gerhard TrampuschAUTsame time
29Santiago BoteroCOLsame time
30Stuart O'GradyAUSsame time
31Unai EtxebarríaVENsame time
32Aleksandr VinokurovKAZsame time
33Luis LaverdeCOLsame time
34Yevgeny PetrovRUSsame time
35Daniele NardelloITAat 0:19
36Luca PaoliniITAsame time
37Peter Van PetegemBELsame time
38Erik DekkerNEDat 0:45
39Romāns VainšteinsLATat 1:19
40Gorazd ŠtangeljSLOat 1:36
41Laurent BrochardFRAat 2:29
42Benoît JoachimLUXsame time
43Cristian MoreniITAsame time
44Alejandro ValverdeESPsame time
45Richard VirenqueFRAsame time
46Philippe GilbertBELsame time
47Uroš MurnSLOsame time
48Gerrit GlomserAUTat 3:37
49Karsten KroonNEDat 5:29
50Sergey YakovlevKAZat 7:04
51Ruslan IvanovMDAat 8:51
52Lars MichaelsenDENsame time
53Tomasz BrożynaPOLsame time
54Yasutaka TashiroJPNsame time
55René AndrleCZEsame time
56Sergey LagutinUZBsame time
57Nicki SørensenDENsame time
58Janek TombakESTsame time
59Murilo FischerBRAsame time
60Ján SvoradaCZEsame time
61Jens VoigtGERsame time
62Ondřej SosenkaCZEsame time
63Igor PugaciMDAsame time
64Filippo PozzatoITAsame time
65Yaroslav PopovychUKRsame time
66Ryan CoxRSAsame time
67Andrey KashechkinKAZsame time
68Martin RiškaSVKat 9:44
69Gustav LarssonSWEsame time
70Andrey MizurovKAZsame time
71László BodrogiHUNat 15:01
72Dawid KrupaPOLat 18:41
ACGonçalo AmorimPORDNF
ACÓscar FreireESPDNF
ACIgor González de GaldeanoESPDNF
ACSylvain ChavanelFRADNF
ACMichael RasmussenDENDNF
ACCharly WegeliusGBRDNF
ACThomas LöfkvistSWEDNF
ACErki PütsepESTDNF
ACJeremy YatesNZLDNF
ACAndris NaudužsLATDNF
ACMark ScanlonIRLDNF
ACMatej JurčoSVKDNF
ACVyacheslav YekimovRUSDNF
ACGord FraserCANDNF
ACChristophe MoreauFRADNF
ACSławomir KohutPOLDNF
ACAmir ZargariIRIDNF
ACJosé Iván GutiérrezESPDNF
ACWim VansevenantBELDNF
ACMarc WautersBELDNF
ACMick RogersAUSDNF
ACFabian CancellaraSUIDNF
ACGrégory RastSUIDNF
ACServais KnavenNEDDNF
ACVíctor Hugo PeñaCOLDNF
ACMorten HegrebergNORDNF
ACTiaan KannemeyerRSADNF
ACJosé ChacónVENDNF
ACDimitar GospodinovBULDNF
ACYevgeny VakkerKGZDNF
ACAndreas KlödenGERDNF
ACMichael RichGERDNF
ACJason McCartneyUSADNF
ACBaden CookeAUSDNF
ACMatt WhiteAUSDNF
ACRubens BertogliatiSUIDNF
ACDenis MenshovRUSDNF
ACVolodymyr DumaUKRDNF
ACYuriy KrivtsovUKRDNF
ACRadosław RomanikPOLDNF
ACSylwester SzmydPOLDNF
ACJulian WinnGBRDNF
ACMaksim IglinskyKAZDNF
ACBernhard EiselAUTDNF
ACCândido BarbosaPORDNF
ACMagnus BäckstedtSWEDNF
ACAndrus AugESTDNF
ACThor HushovdNORDNF
ACMads KaggestadNORDNF
ACHeath BlackgroveNZLDNF
ACRobin ReidNZLDNF
ACMárcio MayBRADNF
ACEric WohlbergCANDNF
ACAliaksandr UsauBLRDNF
ACMarcelo ArriagadaCHIDNF
ACWong Kam PoHKGDNF
ACIvan StevićSCGDNF
ACMichal HrazdíraCZEDNF
ACRobert HunterRSADNF
ACShinri SuzukiJPNDNF
ACAbbas Saeidi TanhaIRIDNF
ACJaan KirsipuuESTDNF
ACLuciano PagliariniBRADNF
ACStuart DangerfieldGBRDNF
ACVladimir KarpetsRUSDNF
ACIgor AstarloaESPDNF
ACMichael BoogerdNEDDNF
ACMarlon PérezCOLDNF
ACGeorge HincapieUSAat 0:12DQ1
ACMichael BarryCANat 0:12DQ2
ACLevi LeipheimerUSADQ3
ACTyler HamiltonUSADQ4