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

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Cycling at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Road cycling
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Road race   men   women
Time trial men women
Track cycling
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Individual pursuit men women
Team pursuit men
Sprint men women
Team sprint men
Time trial men women
Points race men women
Keirin men
Madison men
Mountain biking
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Cross-country men women

The men's individual pursuit event in cycling at the 2004 Summer Olympics consisted of matches between two cyclists. The riders would start at opposite ends of the track. Each 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 were used to determine the victor. In the thirteen matches of the 2004 event, no cyclist was lapped.


Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
 Bradley Wiggins (GBR)  Brad McGee (AUS)  Sergi Escobar (ESP)


World Record Christopher Boardman (GBR) Manchester, United Kingdom 4:11.114 August 29, 1996
Olympic Record Robert Bartko (GER) Sydney, Australia 4:18.515 September 17, 2000


Qualifying round[edit]

August 20, 16:30

The sixteen riders raced against each other in matches of two. Qualification for the next round was not based on who won those matches, however. The cyclists with the eight fastest times advanced, regardless of whether they won or lost their match.

Heat Name Time Rank
1  Yuriy Yuda (KAZ) 4:29.676 14
 Hossein Askari (IRI) 4:39.302 15
2  Linas Balciunas (LTU) 4:22.392 9
 Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) 4:29.005 13
3  Carlos Castaño (ESP) 4:27.871 12
 Levi Heimans (NED) DNS
4  Volodymyr Dyuda (UKR) 4:18.169 Q 5
 Christian Lademann (GER) 4:26.760 11
5  Fabien Sanchez (FRA) 4:20.606 Q 8
 Alexei Markov (RUS) 4:25.520 10
6  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 4:15.165 Q 1
 Luke Roberts (AUS) 4:19.353 Q 7
7  Rob Hayles (GBR) 4:17.930 Q 4
 Robert Bartko (GER) 4:18.991 Q 6
8  Sergi Escobar (ESP) 4:16.862 Q 2
 Brad McGee (AUS) 4:17.510 Q 3

Match round[edit]

In the first round of actual match competition, cyclists were seeded into matches based on their times from the qualifying round. The fastest cyclist 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
 Rob Hayles (GBR) 4:19.559 Q (3rd)
 Volodymyr Dyuda (UKR) 4:22.720 (7th)
Heat 2
 Brad McGee (AUS) 4:17.978 Q (2nd)
 Robert Bartko (GER) 4:26.184 (8th)
Heat 3
 Sergi Escobar (ESP) 4:19.581 Q (4th)
 Luke Roberts (AUS) 4:20.336 (5th)
Heat 4
 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 4:17.215 Q (1st)
 Fabien Sanchez (FRA) 4:21.235 (6th)

Medal round[edit]

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

Bronze medal match
 Sergi Escobar (ESP) 4:17.947
 Rob Hayles (GBR) 4:22.291
Gold medal match

In a reversal of the 2002 Commonwealth Games final, where McGee had caught Wiggins before the end, the Brit took the title to make up for the disappointment of his team-mate losing the bronze medal match.

 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 4:16.304
 Brad McGee (AUS) 4:20.436

Final classification[edit]

The final results were[1]

  1.  Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
  2.  Brad McGee (AUS)
  3.  Sergi Escobar (ESP)
  4.  Rob Hayles (GBR)
  5.  Luke Roberts (AUS)
  6.  Fabien Sanchez (FRA)
  7.  Volodymyr Dyuda (UKR)
  8.  Robert Bartko (GER)
  9.  Linas Balciunas (LTU)
  10.  Alexei Markov (RUS)
  11.  Christian Lademann (GER)
  12.  Carlos Castaño (ESP)
  13.  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
  14.  Yuriy Yuda (KAZ)
  15.  Hossein Askari (IRI)

Did not start:  Levi Heimans (NED)


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