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Cross-Country, Men

Date21 August 2016 — 12:30
StatusOlympic
LocationCentro de Mountain Bike, Parque Olímpico de Deodoro, Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro
Participants49 from 32 countries
DetailsDistance: 34.52 km
Intermediate 1: 0.57 km
Intermediate 2: 5.42 km
Intermediate 3: 10.27 km
Intermediate 4: 15.12 km
Intermediate 5: 19.97 km
Intermediate 6: 24.82 km
Intermediate 7: 29.67 km

Mountain bike tracks have changed in the 20 years since the sports Olympic début in Atlanta 1996, which consisted of a very basic compact dirt course set in beside the equestrian venue. Meanwhile at London 2012 at Hadleigh Farms, the course was enjoyed by the riders and was very spectator friendly (rated at 60% visibility). The South African course designer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games mountain bike course, Nick Floros, created a technically challenging course for the riders, yet one that allowed the spectators to enjoy the competition as much as possible, with an 85% visibility, all while making use of the natural landscape at the Deodoro venue.

The Mountain Bike Centre in Rio was one of three venues that comprised the X-Park (along with canoe slalom and BMX), and was built with legacy in mind, remaining open to the public following the Olympics. The mountain bike course consisted of grassy wide-open stretches combined with man-made obstacles and serious slopes - a marked difference from the more level terrain four years ago in London 2012.

The mountain bike races were mass start events on 20 (women) and 21 (men) August 2016. Riders were seeded into a starting grid according to their current Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) ranking. The riders completed one 0.57 km start loop, followed by six laps of the course for women (29.67 km) and seven laps for the men (34.52 km), where each lap was 4.85 km long. The total number of laps to be raced was announced at the team managers’ meeting on the day before the first race with the aim to ensure that the winning time was within the set parameters.

With the same rules and competition format, the only differences between the World Championships and the Olympic Games is that there are more competitors in the field at World Championships, due to different quotas for each National Olympic Committee (NOC): at the Olympic Games there are a maximum of three men and two women per NOC. There were no rule and competition format changes since the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The men’s mountain bike race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio started at 12:30 pm on 21 August 2016 and consisted of 49 riders from 32 nations. It was 23 degrees Celsius. The race configuration consisted of one start loop of 0.57 km plus seven laps of the course for a total of 34.52 km. 2015 World road champion, Slovakia’s Peter Sagan put in a notable opening lap, moving from the back of the field into the lead group by the end of the first lap, but a flat tire at the beginning of the second lap ended his Olympic medal dream. It was then Switzerland’s Nino Schurter who took the early lead with Spaniard Carlos Coloma, but defending Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavý of Czech Republic soon joined them as Coloma lost pace. The two-time Olympic champion (and five-time World champion), France’s Julien Absalon faded to two minutes back as the leaders set a scorching pace.

Starting the fifth of the seven lap race, Schurter and Kulhavý had 30 seconds lead on the two-man chase of Coloma and Maxime Marotte of France, while Switzerland’s Mathias Fluckiger was chasing in fifth, more than a minute behind. The lead duo held an initial gap of more than 30 seconds over the first group behind them, who by this time appeared to be racing for bronze.

Schurter dropped Kulhavý as they approached a technical rock section, opening a gap that he would hold until the finish. The Swiss rider started the final lap with a 33-second gap over Kulhavý, while Marotte and Coloma were 1:19 behind. Schurter continued to open his gap over the final lap, holding a 44-second lead on Kulhavý with half a lap to go until the finish, and 1:50 over Coloma and Marotte.

Schurter won the gold 50 seconds ahead of Kulhavý, who won the silver. It was Coloma in for the bronze medal, 10 seconds ahead of Marcotte in fourth. The two-time Olympic champion Absalon finished eighth. The medals were presented by Denis Oswald, IOC member (Switzerland) and Brian Cookson, President of the UCI Management Committee.

PosNrCyclistNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)Int 4 (Pos)Int 5 (Pos)Int 6 (Pos)Int 7 (Pos)
13Nino SchurterSUI1-33:280:59 (2)14:09 (3)27:21 (1)40:41 (2)54:04 (=1)1-07:24 (2)1-20:15 (1)Gold
21Jaroslav KulhavýCZE1-34:181:02 (16)14:09 (1)27:26 (3)40:41 (1)54:04 (=1)1-07:24 (1)1-20:48 (2)Silver
38Carlos ColomaESP1-34:511:00 (7)14:09 (5)27:21 (2)40:49 (3)54:26 (3)1-07:59 (3)1-21:34 (4)Bronze
44Maxime MarotteFRA1-35:011:01 (10)14:19 (11)27:34 (5)41:01 (4)54:27 (4)1-07:59 (4)1-21:34 (3)
531Jhonnatan BoteroCOL1-35:441:01 (15)14:19 (12)28:03 (9)41:27 (5)54:56 (6)1-08:34 (5)1-22:24 (5)
613Mathias FlückigerSUI1-35:521:02 (17)14:18 (9)28:00 (7)41:27 (6)54:56 (5)1-08:34 (6)1-22:25 (6)
714Luca BraidotITA1-36:351:01 (13)14:16 (8)27:33 (4)41:48 (9)55:40 (8)1-09:22 (7)1-22:58 (7)
82Julien AbsalonFRA1-36:431:01 (9)14:20 (13)28:00 (6)41:48 (8)55:40 (7)1-09:40 (8)1-23:28 (9)
96David ValeroESP1-37:001:03 (25)15:37 (32)29:26 (20)42:53 (12)56:32 (13)1-10:05 (9)1-23:27 (8)
105Victor KoretzkyFRA1-37:271:00 (6)14:09 (2)29:24 (19)42:53 (13)56:25 (11)1-10:05 (10)1-23:39 (10)
1135Ruben ScheireBEL1-37:361:02 (18)15:05 (19)28:49 (12)42:29 (10)56:17 (10)1-10:06 (11)1-23:46 (11)
1218Anton SintsovRUS1-37:381:03 (23)15:40 (33)29:50 (30)43:33 (23)57:12 (18)1-10:44 (14)1-24:23 (14)
1317Manuel FumicGER1-37:391:01 (14)16:12 (42)30:04 (31)43:33 (22)57:12 (17)1-10:44 (13)1-24:23 (13)
1415Ondřej CinkCZE1-38:181:03 (24)14:25 (14)28:03 (8)41:47 (7)55:59 (9)1-10:13 (12)1-24:12 (12)
1516José Antonio HermidaESP1-38:211:31 (48)15:26 (27)29:15 (14)42:59 (15)56:54 (14)1-10:47 (16)1-24:35 (15)
1611Daniel McConnellAUS1-38:421:00 (3)15:57 (38)30:04 (33)43:53 (28)57:53 (25)1-11:37 (21)1-25:06 (19)
1732Grant FergusonGBR1-39:101:04 (32)14:53 (16)29:03 (13)42:54 (14)56:55 (15)1-10:48 (17)1-24:51 (17)
1840Jens SchuermansBEL1-39:301:03 (28)15:46 (35)29:49 (27)43:36 (26)57:19 (19)1-11:04 (18)1-24:50 (16)
1937Andrea TiberiITA1-39:331:04 (33)15:22 (24)29:16 (16)43:52 (27)57:52 (22)1-11:55 (22)1-25:46 (20)
207Marco Aurelio FontanaITA1-40:250:59 (1)14:11 (6)30:05 (34)44:08 (29)57:59 (26)1-11:36 (19)1-26:18 (21)
2122Kohei YamamotoJPN1-40:341:00 (5)14:48 (15)29:15 (15)43:20 (18)57:20 (20)1-11:55 (24)1-26:18 (22)
2225Jan ŠkarnitzlCZE1-41:111:06 (39)15:22 (25)29:27 (22)43:34 (24)57:53 (24)1-12:12 (25)1-26:42 (24)
2310Henrique AvanciniBRA1-41:181:00 (4)14:18 (10)28:29 (10)43:00 (16)57:07 (16)1-11:37 (20)1-26:19 (23)
2434András PartiHUN1-41:201:07 (42)15:26 (28)29:33 (24)43:33 (21)59:31 (33)1-13:27 (28)1-27:28 (25)
259Catriel SotoARG1-42:011:02 (19)15:28 (31)29:24 (18)43:26 (19)57:36 (21)1-11:55 (23)1-27:39 (26)
2642Alan HatherlyRSA1-42:031:05 (35)15:57 (37)30:25 (35)44:42 (32)58:54 (30)1-13:28 (30)1-27:55 (27)
2736Léandre BouchardCAN1-42:431:03 (27)15:23 (26)30:04 (32)44:41 (30)59:27 (32)1-14:05 (32)1-28:36 (29)
2838Moritz MilatzGER1-43:141:05 (37)15:17 (22)29:19 (17)43:19 (17)57:52 (23)1-12:46 (27)1-27:58 (28)
2928Shlomi HaimyISR1-43:301:01 (11)14:09 (4)32:20 (44)46:30 (39)1-01:16 (38)1-15:26 (37)1-29:29 (32)
3039Rubinho ValerianoBRA1-44:011:10 (46)15:55 (36)30:26 (37)44:42 (34)58:53 (28)1-13:39 (31)1-28:59 (30)
3127Dimitrios AntoniadisGRE1-44:171:02 (20)15:22 (23)29:33 (25)45:36 (35)1-00:24 (34)1-14:47 (35)1-29:12 (31)
3246Chan Chun HingHKG1-44:411:06 (40)16:27 (44)31:07 (38)45:42 (36)1-00:25 (35)1-15:03 (36)1-29:41 (35)
3341Andrey FonsecaCRC1-44:541:05 (34)15:12 (20)29:49 (29)44:42 (33)59:24 (31)1-14:28 (33)1-29:38 (34)
3412Simon AndreassenDEN1-47:441:01 (12)16:10 (41)30:25 (36)44:41 (31)58:53 (29)1-13:28 (29)1-29:37 (33)
3550Peter SaganSVK1:01 (8)14:12 (7)29:33 (23)43:30 (20)1-02:13 (41)1-16:15 (39)– (–)lapped
3643Scott BowdenAUS1:06 (41)16:36 (46)31:36 (40)46:23 (37)1-01:02 (37)1-15:45 (38)– (–)lapped
3719Sam GazeNZL1:03 (21)15:15 (21)29:27 (21)46:26 (38)1-01:35 (39)1-16:15 (40)– (–)lapped
3833Howard GrottsUSA1:17 (47)15:27 (29)32:52 (45)47:07 (40)1-00:50 (36)1-14:29 (34)– (–)lapped
3924Tiago FerreiraPOR1:05 (36)16:00 (39)32:05 (42)47:08 (41)1-02:08 (40)– (–)– (–)lapped
4030Raphaël GagnéCAN1:03 (22)16:03 (40)31:30 (39)47:20 (42)1-02:41 (42)– (–)– (–)lapped
4145Nathan ByukusengeRWA1:05 (38)16:21 (43)32:15 (43)47:51 (44)– (–)– (–)– (–)lapped
4226James ReidRSA1:04 (29)15:28 (30)29:49 (28)49:37 (45)– (–)– (–)– (–)lapped
4348Wang ZhenCHN1:07 (43)16:36 (45)31:36 (41)47:51 (43)– (–)– (–)– (–)lapped
4420David RosaPOR1:03 (26)15:04 (18)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)lapped
DNF29Lars ForsterSUI1:04 (30)14:54 (17)28:47 (11)42:29 (11)56:25 (12)1-10:44 (15)1-25:02 (18)
DNF21Alexander GehbauerAUT1:08 (44)15:42 (34)29:48 (26)43:36 (25)58:47 (27)1-12:37 (26)– (–)
DNF49Peter LombardGUM1:09 (45)20:19 (47)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNF23Rudi van HoutsNED1:04 (31)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)
DNFPhetetso MoneseLES– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)– (–)