Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's road time trial

The Men's road time trial at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 13 August at the Urban Road Cycling Course. It was won by Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland.

Men's cycling road time trial
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueUrban Road Cycling Course
47.6 km (29.6 mi)
DateAugust 13
Competitors39 from 29 nations
Winning time1:02:11
46.05 km/h (28.61 mph)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Fabian Cancellara  Switzerland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Gustav Larsson  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Levi Leipheimer  United States
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Pre-race favoritesEdit

Included among the favorites for victory were Cancellara, the reigning world time trial champion,[1][2] and Germany's Stefan Schumacher,[3] who won both time trials in the 2008 Tour de France, defeating Cancellara in each. Other cyclists considered to be possible medalists included American Dave Zabriskie, and Australians Michael Rogers [1] and Cadel Evans. Evans had originally announced that he was withdrawing from the time trial with a knee injury, giving his place in the event to Rogers,[4] but he recovered faster than expected. The UCI thus gave him a wildcard entry to let him compete.[5] American Levi Leipheimer, Spaniard Alberto Contador, Italy's Marzio Bruseghin and Denis Menchov of Russia were also thought to be contenders for the podium.[6]

The eventEdit

The men's road time trial took place on a mountainous 47.6 km course consisting of two 23.8 km laps[7] each containing an approximately 305 m climb[8] followed by an equal descent. The 39 riders in the time trial were broken into three groups, who would race the clock one hour separate from one another. Most of the medal favorites were in the last group. Each rider started the course a minute and thirty seconds after the rider who went before them.[9]

The leader at the end of the first group of 13 was Svein Tuft (Canada), completing the course in 1h 04' 39". This was 23 seconds clear of the next closest competitor Robert Gesink (Netherlands).[10] They were still the top two riders after the second group, with American David Zabriskie and Russian Denis Menchov, thought to be podium contenders, both turning in disappointing rides.

The medalists all came in the third group. Gustav Larsson of Sweden, starting seventh from the end, beat Tuft by nearly two minutes. The man after Larsson, American Levi Leipheimer, was 36 seconds slower than Larsson, but held on to win bronze. The event's prohibitive favorite, world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara, started last, and though he was six seconds behind Larson's pace at the final time check, he wound up winning the gold medal by a margin of 33 seconds. The other major gold medal favorite, Stefan Schumacher of Germany, finished over three minutes behind Cancellara.[11]

Final classificationEdit

 
Gold medalist Fabian Cancellara
Rank Rider Country Time
  Fabian Cancellara   Switzerland 1:02:11
  Gustav Larsson   Sweden 1:02:44
  Levi Leipheimer   United States 1:03:21
4 Alberto Contador   Spain 1:03:29
5 Cadel Evans   Australia 1:03:34
6 Samuel Sánchez   Spain 1:04:37
7 Svein Tuft   Canada 1:04:39
8 Michael Rogers   Australia 1:04:46
9 Stef Clement   Netherlands 1:04:59
10 Robert Gesink   Netherlands 1:05:02
11 Steve Cummings   Great Britain 1:05:07
12 David Zabriskie   United States 1:05:17
DSQ Stefan Schumacher   Germany 1:05:25
14 Bert Grabsch   Germany 1:05:26
15 Vincenzo Nibali   Italy 1:05:36
16 Ryder Hesjedal   Canada 1:05:42
17 Rein Taaramäe   Estonia 1:05:47
18 Vladimir Karpets   Russia 1:05:52
19 Chris Anker Sørensen   Denmark 1:05:55
20 Denis Menchov   Russia 1:06:10
21 Vasil Kiryienka   Belarus 1:06:12
22 Marzio Bruseghin   Italy 1:06:20
23 Kim Kirchen   Luxembourg 1:06:29
24 Andrey Mizurov   Kazakhstan 1:06:32
25 Santiago Botero   Colombia 1:06:35
26 Maxime Monfort   Belgium 1:07:12
27 László Bodrogi   Hungary 1:07:27
28 Simon Špilak   Slovenia 1:07:34
29 Matej Jurčo   Slovakia 1:07:52
30 Matías Médici   Argentina 1:07:53
31 David George   South Africa 1:07:55
32 Andriy Hryvko   Ukraine 1:08:01
33 Brian Bach Vandborg   Denmark 1:08:10
34 Przemysław Niemiec   Poland 1:08:43
35 Hossein Askari   Iran 1:08:46
36 Raivis Belohvoščiks   Latvia 1:08:54
37 Denys Kostyuk   Ukraine 1:09:04
38 Matija Kvasina   Croatia 1:09:06
39 Fumiyuki Beppu   Japan 1:11:05

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ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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