Cycling at the 1980 Summer Olympics – Men's individual road race

The men's individual road race was an event at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. 115 cyclists from 32 nations took part.[1] The maximum number of cyclists per nation was four. The event was won by Sergei Sukhoruchenkov of the Soviet Union, the nation's second victory (after 1960; tying France for second-most behind Italy) in the men's individual road race. His teammate Yuri Barinov took bronze. Czesław Lang's silver put Poland on the podium in the event for the second straight Games.

Men's road race
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
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Soviet stamp commemorating Olympic cycling
Date28 July
Competitors115 from 32 nations
Winning time4:48:28
1st place, gold medalist(s) Sergei Sukhoruchenkov
 Soviet Union
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Czesław Lang
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Yuri Barinov
 Soviet Union
← 1976
1984 →


This was the 11th appearance of the event, previously held in 1896 and then at every Summer Olympics since 1936. It replaced the individual time trial event that had been held from 1912 to 1932 (and which would be reintroduced alongside the road race in 1996). The traditional western powers (Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden) in the sport participated in the Moscow Games amid the American-led boycott. In previous years, the boycott would have had little effect on the competition, but in the late 1970s, the United States had its first international cycling star: Greg LeMond (who would turn professional in 1981 and never compete in the Olympics) who would have been the favorite. Instead, host-nation cyclist Sergei Sukhoruchenkov was the pick to win. Gilbert Glaus of Switzerland (1978) and Gianni Giacomini (1979) had won world championships and were also significant contenders.[2]

Libya and Zimbabwe each made their debut in the men's individual road race. Great Britain made its 11th appearance in the event, the only nation to have competed in each appearance to date.

Competition format and courseEdit

Map of the course

The mass-start race was on a 189 kilometre course at the Krylatskoye Sports Complex in Moscow.[2][3]


All times are Moscow Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Monday, 28 July 1980 10:00 Final


Sukhoruchenkov broke away on lap 3, with a chase group including Glaus and Giacomini catching him on lap 5. Sukhoruchenkov broke away from that pack with 32 kilometres to go, riding by himself the rest of the way to the largest margin of victory in the event since 1896.[2]

Rank Cyclist Nation Time
  Sergei Sukhoruchenkov   Soviet Union 4:48:28.9
  Czesław Lang   Poland + 2' 58"
  Yuri Barinov   Soviet Union s.t.
4 Thomas Barth   East Germany + 7' 44"
5 Tadeusz Wojtas   Poland s.t.
6 Anatoly Yarkin   Soviet Union + 8' 26"
7 Adri van der Poel   Netherlands s.t.
8 Christian Faure   France s.t.
9 Marc Madiot   France + 8' 32"
10 Andreas Petermann   East Germany + 8' 49"
11 Gilbert Glaus   Switzerland s.t.
12 Harry Hannus   Finland s.t.
13 Jiří Škoda   Czechoslovakia s.t.
14 Marco Cattaneo   Italy s.t.
15 Jacques Hanegraaf   Netherlands + 8' 52"
16 Peter Jonsson   Sweden + 9' 05"
17 Vlastibor Konečný   Czechoslovakia + 9' 10"
18 Gianni Giacomini   Italy s.t.
19 Herbert Spindler   Austria s.t.
20 Jesús Torres   Venezuela s.t.
21 John Herety   Great Britain s.t.
22 Krzysztof Sujka   Poland s.t.
23 Yury Kashirin   Soviet Union s.t.
24 Kari Puisto   Finland s.t.
25 Michael Wilson   Australia s.t.
26 Peter Winnen   Netherlands s.t.
27 Giuseppe Petito   Italy s.t.
28 András Takács   Hungary s.t.
29 Richard Trinkler   Switzerland + 12' 09"
30 Francis Castaing   France + 15' 39"
31 Henning Jørgensen   Denmark s.t.
32 Olaf Ludwig   East Germany s.t.
33 Jacques van Meer   Netherlands s.t.
34 Mario Medina   Venezuela s.t.
35 Hubert Seiz   Switzerland s.t.
36 Johann Traxler   Austria + 17' 19"
37 Ladislav Ferebauer   Czechoslovakia s.t.
38 Mauno Uusivirta   Finland s.t.
39 Bernt Scheler   Sweden s.t.
40 Zoltán Halász   Hungary s.t.
41 Billy Kerr   Ireland s.t.
42 Verner Blaudzun   Denmark s.t.
43 Régis Clère   France s.t.
44 Anders Adamson   Sweden + 17' 29"
45 Stephen Roche   Ireland + 20' 29"
46 Luc De Smet   Belgium + 20' 37"
47 Jeff Williams   Great Britain s.t.
48 Jürg Luchs   Switzerland s.t.
49 Neil Martin   Great Britain s.t.
50 Bruno Bulić   Yugoslavia + 22' 07"
51 György Szuromi   Hungary + 24' 44"
52 László Halász   Hungary s.t.
Kevin Bradshaw   Australia DNF
Remo Sansonetti   Australia DNF
Graham Seers   Australia DNF
Johann Lienhart   Austria DNF
Jan Nevens   Belgium DNF
Ronald Van Avermaet   Belgium DNF
Jan Wijnants   Belgium DNF
Gilson Alvaristo   Brazil DNF
José Carlos de Lima   Brazil DNF
Fernando Louro   Brazil DNF
Davis Pereira   Brazil DNF
Borislav Asenov   Bulgaria DNF
Yordan Penchev   Bulgaria DNF
Andon Petrov   Bulgaria DNF
Nencho Staykov   Bulgaria DNF
Joseph Evouna   Cameroon DNF
Joseph Kono   Cameroon DNF
Thomas Nyemeg   Cameroon DNF
Nicolas Owona   Cameroon DNF
Gregorio Aldo Arencibia   Cuba DNF
Carlos Cardet   Cuba DNF
Antonio Quintero   Cuba DNF
Michal Klasa   Czechoslovakia DNF
Allan Jacobsen   Denmark DNF
Per Sandahl Jørgensen   Denmark DNF
Zeragaber Gebrehiwot   Ethiopia DNF
Jemal Rogora   Ethiopia DNF
Tilahun Woldesenbet   Ethiopia DNF
Musse Yohannes   Ethiopia DNF
Sixten Wackström   Finland DNF
Joseph Waugh   Great Britain DNF
Bernd Drogan   East Germany DNF
Tony Lally   Ireland DNF
Alberto Minetti   Italy DNF
Peter Aldridge   Jamaica DNF
Salloum Kaysar   Lebanon DNF
Kamal Ghalayni   Lebanon DNF
El-Munsif Ben Youssef   Libya DNF
Ali Hamid El-Aila   Libya DNF
Mohamed Ganfud   Libya DNF
Nuri Kaheil   Libya DNF
Joseph Farrugia   Malta DNF
Carmel Muscat   Malta DNF
Alfred Tonna   Malta DNF
Luvsandagvyn Jargalsaikhan   Mongolia DNF
Batsükhiin Khayankhyarvaa   Mongolia DNF
Dorjpalamyn Tsolmon   Mongolia DNF
Dashjamtsyn Tömörbaatar   Mongolia DNF
Jan Jankiewicz   Poland DNF
Mircea Romaşcanu   Romania DNF
Teodor Vasile   Romania DNF
Maurizio Casadei   San Marino DNF
Mats Gustafsson   Sweden DNF
Olinto Silva   Venezuela DNF
Juan Arroyo   Venezuela DNF
Vinko Polončič   Yugoslavia DNF
Bojan Ropret   Yugoslavia DNF
Bojan Udovič   Yugoslavia DNF
David Gillow   Zimbabwe DNF
Michael McBeath   Zimbabwe DNF
Kurt Zellhofer   Austria DSQ
Albert Micallef   Malta DSQ
Roberto Tomassini   San Marino DSQ


  1. ^ "Cycling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games: Men's Road Race, Individual". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Road Race, Individual, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 211.

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