| Event type

Road Race, Individual, Women

Date15 August 2004 — 15:00
LocationPlateia Kozia, Athina
Participants67 from 30 countries
Format105.6 km. (65.6 miles) mass start race.

As the 2004 Olympics approached, women’s road cycling was in turmoil. The sponsorships of the late 80s and 90s were falling away. The women no longer raced a Tour de France Feminin and several other top female races were dropped because of lack of sponsorship. Thus the Olympics and World Championships assumed even greater importance to the female professional riders. For the first time ever at the Olympics, there was no clear favorite in 2004, partly because there were fewer international races. The once dominant Jeannie Longo, rode in her sixth Olympics in 2004, but had not won any major titles in years. The defending champion, Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel of the Netherlands, was back, but nobody could expect her to repeat her 2000 Olympic performance in which she won three events (road race, time trial, individual pursuit) and was silver medalist in the points race. A fall early in the race eliminated her from the competition. Based on earlier results, Sweden’s Susanne Ljungskog , the 2002 and 2003 World Champion was also favored for a medal, but she was dropped early and finished 33rd. The race was run thru the center of Athens, but unlike the men’s race, several groups did break away. On the final lap, the two leaders were Australia’s Sara Carrigan and Germany’s Judith Arndt. But it did not really come down to a sprint, as Carrigan broke Arndt over the last kilometer and won by seven seconds. It was somewhat of an upset as this was Carrigan’s first major international victory. Arndt was better known, having won a bronze medal in the pursuit at the 1996 Olympics, a World Championship in the pursuit in 1997, and she would win the 2004 World Championship road race.

1Sara CarriganAUS3-24:24Gold
2Judith ArndtGERat 0:07Silver
3Olga SlyusarevaRUSat 0:39Bronze
4Oenone WoodAUSsame time
5Nicole CookeGBRsame time
6Mirjam Melchers-van PoppelNEDat 0:42
7Joane SomarribaESPsame time
8Kristin ArmstrongUSAsame time
9Edita PučinskaitėLTUat 0:46
10Jeannie LongoFRAat 0:59
11Sue Palmer-KomarCANat 1:13
12Olivia GollanAUSat 1:18
13Noemi CanteleITAsame time
14Anita ValenNORsame time
15Christine ThorburnUSAsame time
16Dede Demet-BarryUSAsame time
17Joanne KiesanowskiNZLsame time
18Priska DoppmannSUIsame time
19Zinaida StahurskayaBLRsame time
20Miho OkiJPNsame time
21Sharon VandrommeBELsame time
22Rachel HealGBRsame time
23Iryna ChuzhynovaUKRsame time
24Christiane SoederAUTsame time
25Trixi WorrackGERsame time
26Tania GuderzoITAsame time
27Małgorzata WysockaPOLsame time
28Barbara HeebSUIsame time
29Rasa PolikevičiūtėLTUsame time
30Manon JutrasCANsame time
31Jolanta PolikevičiūtėLTUsame time
32Edwige PitelFRAsame time
33Susanne LjungskogSWEsame time
34Eneritz IturriagaetxebarriaESPat 4:15
35Evelyn GarcíaESAsame time
36Nataliya KachalkaUKRsame time
37Giorgia BronziniITAsame time
38Nicole Brändli-SedounSUIsame time
39Zulfiya ZabirovaRUSsame time
40Sonia HuguetFRAat 6:06
41Miyoko KaramiJPNsame time
42Bogumiła MatusiakPOLat 7:31
43Valentyna KarpenkoUKRat 9:11
44Qian YunjuanCHNsame time
45Volha HayevaBLRsame time
46Belem GuerreroMEXsame time
47Zhang JunyingCHNsame time
48Lene BybergNORsame time
49Madeleine LindbergSWEsame time
50María Dolores MolinaGUAat 16:19
51Han Song-HuiKORsame time
52Martina RůžičkováCZEsame time
53Linn TorpNORsame time
54Janildes FernandesBRAsame time
55Anriette SchoemanRSAsame time
56Michelle HylandNZLsame time
DNFAngela BrodtkaGER
DNFSvetlana BubnenkovaRUS
DNFDori RuanoESP
DNFAnouska van der ZeeNED
DNFLyne BessetteCAN
DNFLeontien Zijlaard-van MoorselNED
DNFCamilla LarssonSWE
DNFSara SymingtonGBR
DNFMelissa HoltNZL
DNFLada KozlíkováCZE
DNFMaaris MeierEST