Cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's team pursuit

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The men's team pursuit event in cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics consisted of matches between two teams of four cyclists. The teams started at opposite ends of the track. They had 16 laps (4 kilometres) in which to catch the other cyclist. If neither was caught before one had gone 16 laps, the times for the distance (based on the third rider of the team to cross the line) were used to determine the victor.

The Australia-Great Britain rivalry continued in an event which saw a new world record.


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Australia (AUS)
Graeme Brown
Brett Lancaster
Brad McGee
Luke Roberts
 Great Britain (GBR)
Steve Cummings
Rob Hayles
Paul Manning
Bradley Wiggins
 Spain (ESP)
Carlos Castaño
Sergi Escobar
Asier Maeztu
Carlos Torrent


Qualifying round[edit]

For the qualifying round, teams did not face each other. Instead, they raced the 4000 metres by themselves. The top eight times qualified for the first competition round, with the other two teams receiving a rank based on their time in this round.

Rank Team Names Time
1  Australia (AUS) Graeme Brown
Peter Dawson
Brett Lancaster
Stephen Wooldridge
4:00.613 Q
2  Great Britain (GBR) Steve Cummings
Paul Manning
Chris Newton
Bryan Steel
4:03.985 Q
3  Spain (ESP) Carlos Castaño
Sergi Escobar
Asier Maeztu
Carlos Torrent
4:04.421 Q
4  Germany (GER) Robert Bartko
Guido Fulst
Christian Lademann
Leif Lampater
4:05.823 Q
5  Netherlands (NED) Levi Heimans
Jens Mouris
Peter Schep
Jeroen Straathof
4:06.286 Q
6  Ukraine (UKR) Volodymyr Dyudya
Roman Kononenko
Sergiy Matveyev
Vitaliy Popkov
4:07.175 Q
7  France (FRA) Mathieu Ladagnous
Anthony Langella
Jérôme Neuville
Fabien Sanchez
4:07.336 Q
8  Lithuania (LTU) Linas Balciunas
Aivaras Baranauskas
Tomas Vaitkus
Raimondas Vilčinskas
4:08.812 Q
9  Russia (RUS) Vladislav Borisov
Alexander Khatuntsev
Alexei Markov
Andrey Minashkin
10  New Zealand (NZL) Hayden Godfrey
Peter Latham
Matthew Randall
Marc Ryan

Match round[edit]

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 third, and so forth. Winners advanced to the finals while losers in each match received a final ranking based on their time in the round.

Heat 1
 Germany (GER) 4:03.785 Q (4th)
 Netherlands (NED) 4:04.605 (5th)
Heat 2
 Spain (ESP) 4:02.374 Q (3rd)
 Ukraine (UKR) 4:05.266 (6th)
Heat 3
 Great Britain (GBR) 3:59.866 Q (2nd)
 France (FRA) lapped (7th)
Heat 4

Australia set a world record time in this match.

 Australia (AUS) 3:56.610 Q (1st)
 Lithuania (LTU) lapped (8th)

Medal round[edit]

Teams were again re-seeded, this time based on their times in the match round. The third- and fourth-fastest teams faced off in the bronze medal match, while the fastest two teams competed for the gold and silver medals.

Bronze medal match
 Spain (ESP) 4:05.523
 Germany (GER) 4:07.193
Gold medal match
 Australia (AUS) 3:58.233
 Great Britain (GBR) 4:01.760

Final classification[edit]

The final results are:[1]

  1.  Australia (AUS)
  2.  Great Britain (GBR)
  3.  Spain (ESP)
  4.  Germany (GER)
  5.  Netherlands (NED)
  6.  Ukraine (UKR)
  7.  France (FRA)
  8.  Lithuania (LTU)
  9.  Russia (RUS)
  10.  New Zealand (NZL)