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Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's team pursuit

The men's team pursuit at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place between August 17 and 18, at the Laoshan Velodrome.

Men's team pursuit
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
CyclingTeamPursuitBeijing2008.jpg
The medal ceremony
VenueLaoshan Velodrome
DatesAugust 17 (opening rounds)
August 18 (final)
Competitors44 from 10 nations
Winning time3:53.314 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  Great Britain
Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Denmark
Casper Jørgensen, Jens-Erik Madsen, Michael Mørkøv, Alex Nicki Rasmussen, Michael Færk Christensen
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  New Zealand
Sam Bewley, Hayden Roulston, Marc Ryan, Jesse Sergent, Westley Gough
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Contents

QualificationEdit

Great Britain automatically qualified a team because of their victory at the 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. They also won the late 2007 World Cup event in Sydney, affording another place based on UCI rankings. This extra place was given to Colombia. No B World Championship was held in this event.

Competition formatEdit

The men's team pursuit race consists of a 4 km race between two teams of four cyclists, starting on opposite sides of the track. If one team catches the other, the race is over.

The tournament consisted of an initial qualifying round. The top four teams in the qualifying round remained in contention for the gold medal, the 5th to 8th place teams could compete for a possible bronze, and the remaining teams were eliminated.

In the first round of match competition, teams were seeded into matches based on their times from the qualifying round. The fastest team faced the eighth-fastest, the second-fastest faced the seventh, and so forth. Winners advanced to the finals while losers in each match received a final ranking based on their time in the round. Advancement to the bronze medal final was based solely on time, with the fastest two teams among the six qualifiers who had not advanced to the gold medal final reaching the bronze medal final.[1]

ScheduleEdit

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 17 August 2008 10:00 Qualification
Sunday, 17 August 2008 18:25 Match round
Monday, 18 August 2008 18:15 Final

ResultsEdit

QualificationEdit

[2]

Rank Country Cyclists Result Notes
1   Great Britain Ed Clancy
Paul Manning
Geraint Thomas
Bradley Wiggins
3:57.101 Q
2   New Zealand Sam Bewley
Westley Gough
Marc Ryan
Jesse Sergent
3:59.277 Q
3   Australia Jack Bobridge
Mark Jamieson
Bradley McGee
Luke Roberts
4:02.041 Q
4   Denmark Michael Færk Christensen
Casper Jørgensen
Jens-Erik Madsen
Alex Nicki Rasmussen
4:02.191 Q
5   France Damien Gaudin
Matthieu Ladagnous
Christophe Riblon
Nicolas Rousseau
4:03.679 Q
6   Netherlands Levi Heimans
Robert Slippens
Wim Stroetinga
Jens Mouris
4:04.846 Q
7   Spain Sergi Escobar
Asier Maeztu
David Muntaner
Antonio Miguel Parra
4:06.509 Q
8   Russia Alexei Markov
Alexander Petrovskiy
Alexander Serov
Nikolay Trusov
4:06.518 Q
9   Ukraine Volodymyr Dyudya
Lyubomyr Polatayko
Maksym Polishchuk
Vitaliy Shchedov
4:07.883
10   Colombia Juan Estaban Arango
Arles Castro
Juan Pablo Forero
Jairo Pérez
4:11.397

Match roundEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Qualification rule: Two fastest teams advance to the gold medal match (Q), while the next two to the bronze medal match (q).[3]

Rank Heat Country Cyclists Result Notes
1 4   Great Britain Ed Clancy
Paul Manning
Geraint Thomas
Bradley Wiggins
3:55.202 Q, WR
2 1   Denmark Casper Jørgensen
Jens-Erik Madsen
Michael Mørkøv
Alex Nicki Rasmussen
3:56.831 Q
3 3   New Zealand Sam Bewley
Marc Ryan
Hayden Roulston
Jesse Sergent
3:57.536 q
4 2   Australia Jack Bobridge
Graeme Brown
Mark Jamieson
Bradley McGee
3:58.633 q
5 1   France Damien Gaudin
Matthieu Ladagnous
Christophe Riblon
Nicolas Rousseau
DSQ
6 2   Netherlands Levi Heimans
Robert Slippens
Wim Stroetinga
Jens Mouris
LAP
7 3   Spain Sergi Escobar
Asier Maeztu
David Muntaner
Antonio Miguel Parra
LAP
8 4   Russia Evgeny Kovalev
Alexei Markov
Alexander Petrovskiy
Alexander Serov
LAP

Medal roundEdit

Bronze medal match[4]
Rank Country Cyclists Result Notes
    New Zealand Sam Bewley
Marc Ryan
Hayden Roulston
Jesse Sergent
3:57.776
4   Australia Jack Bobridge
Graeme Brown
Mark Jamieson
Bradley McGee
3:59.006
Gold medal match[4]
Rank Country Cyclists Result Notes
    Great Britain Ed Clancy
Paul Manning
Geraint Thomas
Bradley Wiggins
3:53.314 WR
    Denmark Casper Jørgensen
Jens-Erik Madsen
Michael Mørkøv
Alex Nicki Rasmussen
4:00.040

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Track cycling: competition format". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Men's Team Pursuit Qualification". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Men's Team Pursuit Semifinals". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Men's Team Pursuit Final Round". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 21 December 2012.

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