Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's cross-country

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Women's cross-country cycling
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Venue Hadleigh Farm
Date 11 August 2012
Competitors 30 from 24 nations
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    United States
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The women's cross-country cycling event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place at Hadleigh Farm on 11 August.

Julie Bresset from France won the gold medal — the country's first in cycling at the 2012 Games. Germany's Sabine Spitz won silver and Georgia Gould of the United States took bronze.

Competition format[edit]

The competition began at 12:30 pm with a mass-start, and involved six laps around the 4.8 km course at Hadleigh Farm in Essex.[1]


All times are British Summer Time

Date Time Round
Saturday 11 August 2012 12:30 Final


The entry list was published on 26 July.[2]

Rank Rider Time
1st  Julie Bresset (FRA) 1:30:52
2nd  Sabine Spitz (GER) 1:31:54
3rd  Georgia Gould (USA) 1:32:00
4  Irina Kalentieva (RUS) 1:32:33
5  Esther Süss (SUI) 1:32:46
6  Alexandra Engen (SWE) 1:33:08
7  Aleksandra Dawidowicz (POL) 1:33:20
8  Annie Last (GBR) 1:33:47
9  Catharine Pendrel (CAN) 1:34:28
10  Tanja Žakelj (SLO) 1:34:41
11  Lea Davison (USA) 1:35:14
12  Shi Qinglan (CHN) 1:35:28
13  Yana Belomoyna (UKR) 1:35:46
14  Kateřina Nash (CZE) 1:36:22
15  Elisabeth Osl (AUT) 1:36:47
16  Adelheid Morath (GER) 1:37:17
17  Eva Lechner (ITA) 1:37:36
18  Karen Hanlen (NZL) 1:37:54
19  Katrin Leumann (SUI) 1:38:23
20  Rie Katayama (JPN) 1:38:26
21  Janka Števková (SVK) 1:39:05
22  Paula Gorycka (POL) 1:39:18
23  Blaža Klemenčič (SLO) 1:39:42
24  Emily Batty (CAN) 1:40:37
25  Rebecca Henderson (AUS) 1:41:35
26  Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (FRA) 1:42:21
27  Barbara Benkó (HUN) 1:43:24
28  Candice Neethling (RSA) 1:45:03
 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå (NOR) DNF
 Laura Abril (COL) DNF
 Annika Langvad (DEN) DNS[3]