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Points Race, Men

Date16 – 16 August 2008 — 17:40
LocationLaoshan Zixingcheguan, Beijing
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.

As in 2000 and 2004, the points race was a finals only affair of 40 km. (160 laps) with 16 field sprints every 10 laps. The race came down to three riders – Juan Llaneras (ESP), Roger Kluge (GER), and Chris Newton (GBR). The three were part of a five-man break that went away shortly after the sixth sprint, and lapped the field. After the eighth sprint, these three went off the front and gained another lap on several riders. Llaneras won the 9th, 10th, and 13th sprint to take a safe lead. He rode conservatively on the last few laps, protecting his position. He did not contest the final sprint as he added gold here to the one he had won in this event in 2000, the first cyclist to win a second gold medal in the points race. Kluge won the final sprint to get the silver over Newton, 58 points to 56. The 2008 World Champion, Belarussian Vasily Kiriyenko, placed fifth, while defending gold medalist Mikhail Ignatyev (RUS) placed 17th.

1Joan LlanerasESP60Gold
2Roger KlugeGER58Silver
3Chris NewtonGBR56Bronze
4Cam MeyerAUS36
5Vasil KiryienkaBLR34
6Daniel KreutzfeldtDEN29
7Zach BellCAN27
8Makoto IijimaJPN23
9Milan KadlecCZE22
10Greg HendersonNZL13
11Rafał RatajczykPOL10
12Iljo KeisseBEL8
13Angelo CicconeITA8
14Volodymyr RybinUKR8
15Wong Kam PoHKG5
16Milton WynantsURU5
17Mikhail IgnatyevRUS4
18Juan Esteban CuruchetARG1
19Marco ArriagadaCHI1
20Peter SchepNED0
21Christophe RiblonFRA-17