Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Cycling
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
2008 Laoshan Velodrome.JPG
The Laoshan Velodrome
Venues
BMX Laoshan BMX Field
Mountain biking Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
Road cycling Urban Road Cycling Course
Track cycling Laoshan Velodrome
Dates 9 August – 23 August
Cyclists 508 from 66 countries
Top ranked countries
 Great Britain: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 France: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
 Spain: 1st, gold medalist(s)  2nd, silver medalist(s)  3rd, bronze medalist(s)  
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Cycling competitions at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics were held from August 9 to August 23 at the Laoshan Velodrome (track events), Laoshan Mountain Bike Course, Laoshan BMX Field and the Beijing Cycling Road Course. The event was dominated by the British team, who claimed 14 medals in total, including eight golds.[1][2]

Events[edit]

Eighteen sets of medals were awarded in four disciplines: track cycling, road cycling, mountain bike, and, new for 2008, BMX. The following events were contested:

Track cycling[edit]

Road cycling[edit]

Mountain bike[edit]

  • Mountain bike men
  • Mountain bike women

BMX[edit]

  • BMX race men
  • BMX race women

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Great Britain (GBR) 8 4 2 14
2  France (FRA) 2 3 1 6
3  Spain (ESP) 2 1 1 4
4  United States (USA) 1 1 3 5
5  Switzerland (SUI) 1 1 2 4
6  Germany (GER) 1 1 1 3
7  Argentina (ARG) 1 0 0 1
8  Latvia (LAT) 1 0 0 1
9  Netherlands (NED) 1 0 0 1
10  Sweden (SWE) 0 2 0 2
11  New Zealand (NZL) 0 1 1 2
12  Australia (AUS) 0 1 0 1
13  Cuba (CUB) 0 1 0 1
14  Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
15  Poland (POL) 0 1 0 1
16  Russia (RUS) 0 0 3 3
17  China (CHN) 0 0 1 1
18  Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
19  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
20  Ukraine (UKR) 0 0 1 1
Total 18 18 18 54

Road cycling[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's road race
details
Samuel Sánchez
 Spain
Fabian Cancellara
 Switzerland
Alexandr Kolobnev
 Russia
Women's road race
details
Nicole Cooke
 Great Britain
Emma Johansson
 Sweden
Tatiana Guderzo
 Italy
Men's time trial
details
Fabian Cancellara
 Switzerland
Gustav Larsson
 Sweden
Levi Leipheimer
 United States
Women's time trial
details
Kristin Armstrong
 United States
Emma Pooley
 Great Britain
Karin Thürig
 Switzerland

Track cycling[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Keirin
details
Chris Hoy
 Great Britain
Ross Edgar
 Great Britain
Kiyofumi Nagai
 Japan
Madison
details
 Argentina (ARG)
Juan Esteban Curuchet
Walter Fernando Perez
 Spain (ESP)
Joan Llaneras
Antonio Tauler
 Russia (RUS)
Mikhail Ignatiev
Alexei Markov
points race
details
Joan Llaneras
 Spain
Roger Kluge
 Germany
Chris Newton
 Great Britain
individual pursuit
details
Bradley Wiggins
 Great Britain
Hayden Roulston
 New Zealand
Steven Burke
 Great Britain
team pursuit
details
 Great Britain (GBR)
Ed Clancy
Paul Manning
Geraint Thomas
Bradley Wiggins
 Denmark (DEN)
Alex Nicki Rasmussen
Michael Moerkoev
Casper Jørgensen
Jens-Erik Madsen
Michael Færk Christensen*
 New Zealand (NZL)
Sam Bewley
Jesse Sergent
Hayden Roulston
Marc Ryan
Westley Gough*
individual sprint
details
Chris Hoy
 Great Britain
Jason Kenny
 Great Britain
Mickaël Bourgain
 France
team sprint
details
 Great Britain (GBR)
Jamie Staff
Jason Kenny
Chris Hoy
 France (FRA)
Grégory Baugé
Kévin Sireau
Arnaud Tournant
 Germany (GER)
René Enders
Maximillian Levy
Stefan Nimke

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
points race
details
Marianne Vos
 Netherlands
Yoanka González
 Cuba
Leire Olaberría
 Spain
pursuit
details
Rebecca Romero
 Great Britain
Wendy Houvenaghel
 Great Britain
Lesya Kalytovska
 Ukraine
sprint
details
Victoria Pendleton
 Great Britain
Anna Meares
 Australia
Guo Shuang
 China

* Participate in the preliminary round only.

Mountain biking[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
Julien Absalon
 France
Jean-Christophe Péraud
 France
Nino Schurter
 Switzerland
Women's
details
Sabine Spitz
 Germany
Maja Włoszczowska
 Poland
Irina Kalentieva
 Russia

BMX[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's
details
Māris Štrombergs
 Latvia
Mike Day
 United States
Donny Robinson
 United States
Women's
details
Anne-Caroline Chausson
 France
Laëtitia Le Corguillé
 France
Jill Kintner
 United States

Broken records[edit]

Event Time Name Nation Date Record
Men's Sprint 9.815  Chris Hoy  Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-17 OR
Men's Individual pursuit  4:15.031  Bradley Wiggins  Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-15 OR
Men's Team pursuit 3:53.312  Bradley Wiggins
Paul Manning
Geraint Thomas
Ed Clancy
 Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-18 OR
Women's Sprint 10.963  Victoria Pendleton  Great Britain (GBR) 2008-08-17 OR


Qualification[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How GB cycling went from tragic to magic". BBC. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. ^ "How Team GB's weekend of glory happened". Metro. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 

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