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Cycling at the 1972 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race

In cycling at the 1972 Summer Olympics, the men's individual road race was held on 7 September. A total of 76 cyclists finished the race.

Men's cycling road race
at the Games of the XX Olympiad
Venue Munich, West Germany
Date 7 September 1972
Competitors 163
Winning time 4:14:37
1st, gold medalist(s) Hennie Kuiper  Netherlands
2nd, silver medalist(s) Clyde Sefton  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) No medal awarded
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Irish protestersEdit

Seven members of the National Cycling Association (NCA) were arrested for disrupting the event. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) recognised separate national federations on either side of the Irish political border. The NCA was an Irish Republican all-Ireland body not affiliated to the ICU. Three NCA members delayed the start by distributing leaflets,[1] and the other four joined mid-race to ambush Irish competitor Noel Taggart, causing a minor pile-up.[2]

Final classificationEdit

Final results[3]
Rank Rider Time
    Hennie Kuiper (NED) 04:14:37
    Clyde Sefton (AUS)
DSQ   Jaime Huélamo (ESP) 4:15:04[t 1]
4.[t 1]   Bruce Biddle (NZL) + 0.27
5.   Phil Bayton (GBR) + 0.30
6.   Phil Edwards (GBR)
7.   Wilfried Trott (FRG)
8.   Francesco Moser (ITA) + 0.36
9.   Miguel Samacá (COL)
10.   Jesús Sarabia (MEX)


  1. ^ a b   Jaime Huélamo (ESP) was disqualified after he tested positive for coramine. Biddle was not awarded the bronze medal as he had not been tested for drugs.

Did not finishEdit



  1. ^ AAP (8 September 1972). "Rebel cyclists sent marching". The Age. Melbourne. p. 15. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  2. ^ AP (8 September 1972). "7 I.R.A. cyclists 'invade' Olympics; Rebels Say Their Team Is Better Than the Regulars, Then Try to Prove It". New York Times. p. 23, Sports. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Sports-reference