| Event type

Cross-Country, Men

Date23 August 2008
LocationLaoshan Shandi Zixingche Chang, Beijing
Participants50 from 33 countries
Format35.6 km.

There was little doubt who was the favorite – Julien Absalon of France. Absalon was the defending champion and had won the World Championships in 2004-2007. The race was an eight-lap affair of 36 km., which was run in extreme heat. Absalon went to the front on the second lap and was never headed. He won the gold medal by 1:07 over his teammate, Jean-Christophe Peraud. The race for the bronze was close, as two-time Under-23 world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland just edged his teammate Christoph Sauser by two seconds. Absalon’s gold made it three straight for France in this event as Miguel Martinez had won in 2000. One interesting competitor was Belgium’s Sven Nys. Nys was a multiple World Champion in cyclo-cross, which is a winter sport combining some elements of mountain biking with running cross-country over obstacles. Nys had difficulty with the heat in Beijing and placed ninth.

1Julien AbsalonFRA1-55:59Gold
2Jean-Christophe PéraudFRA1-57:06at 1:07Silver
3Nino SchurterSUI1-57:52at 1:53Bronze
4Christoph SauserSUI1-57:54at 1:55
5Marco Aurelio FontanaITA1-59:59at 4:00
6Christoph SoukupAUT2-00:11at 4:12
7Liam KilleenGBR2-00:14at 4:15
8Iñaki LejarretaESP2-00:21at 4:22
9Sven NysBEL2-01:00at 5:01
10José Antonio HermidaESP2-01:01at 5:02
11Manuel FumicGER2-01:16at 5:17
12Oli BeckingsaleGBR2-01:25at 5:26
13Marek GalińskiPOL2-01:29at 5:30
14Cédric RavanelFRA2-01:38at 5:39
15Burry StanderRSA2-01:58at 5:59
16Moritz MilatzGER2-02:59at 7:00
17Fredrik KessiakoffSWE2-03:09at 7:10
18Jaroslav KulhavýCZE2-03:20at 7:21
19Roel PaulissenBEL2-03:30at 7:31
20Geoff KabushCAN2-03:55at 7:56
21Rubinho ValerianoBRA2-05:19at 9:20
22Ji JianhuaCHN2-05:29at 9:30
23András PartiHUN2-06:00at 10:01
24Kashi LeuchsNZL2-06:30at 10:31
25Jakob FuglsangDEN2-06:41at 10:42
26Héctor PáezCOL2-06:46at 10:47
27Darío GascoARG2-07:04at 11:05
28Carlos ColomaESP2-09:05at 13:06
29Adam CraigUSAat 1 lap
30Yader ZoliITAat 1 lap
31Klaus NielsenDENat 1 lap
32Filip MeirhaegheBELat 2 laps
33Wolfram KurschatGERat 2 laps
34Rudi van HoutsNEDat 2 laps
35Bilal AkgülTURat 2 laps
36Cristóbal SilvaCHIat 2 laps
37Bart BrentjensNEDat 2 laps
38Emil LindgrenSWEat 2 laps
39Daniel McConnellAUSat 2 laps
40Chan Chun HingHKGat 2 laps
41Yury TrofimovRUSat 2 laps
42Serhiy RysenkoUKRat 3 laps
43Todd WellsUSAat 3 laps
44Seamus McGrathCANat 3 laps
45Mannie HeymansNAMat 3 laps
46Kohei YamamotoJPNat 3 laps
47Federico RamírezCRCat 5 laps
48Antipass KwariZIMat 6 laps
DNFFlorian VogelSUI1
DNFRobin SeymourIRL2