Cycling at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's cross-country

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Men's cross-country
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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Venue Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
Dates August 23, 2008
Competitors 50 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:55:59
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    Switzerland
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The men's cross-country mountain biking at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the Laoshan Mountain Bike Course on August 23, 2008.

France's Julien Absalon pulled away from a pack of mountain bikers at the start to defend his Olympic title in the event with a gold-medal time in 1:55:59.[1][2] Absalon also enjoyed his teammate Jean-Christophe Péraud taking home the silver in 1:57:06, as the Frenchmen climbed on top of the podium with a spectacular 1–2 finish.[3] Meanwhile, Switzerland's Nino Schurter delivered an exciting sprint challenge for the bronze in 1:57:52, edging out his teammate, three-time Olympian and reigning world champion Christoph Sauser by two seconds.[4][5] Among the 50 mountain bikers who competed in the cross-country race, only twenty-eight of them managed to complete the full distance.

Competition format[edit]

The competition began at 15:00 with a mass-start in which riders are positioned according to their current world ranking so that the higher-ranked riders are near the front. The cross-country race also involved six laps, with 172 m of elevation change for each, around the 4.8 km course at Laoshan Mountain Bike Course.[6]

Schedule[edit]

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)[7]

Date Time Round
Saturday, 23 August 2008 15:00 Final

Results[edit]

Rank Rider Time
1st  Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:55:59
2nd  Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) 1:57:06
3rd  Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:57:52
4  Christoph Sauser (SUI) 1:57:54
5  Marco Aurelio Fontana (ITA) 1:59:59
6  Christoph Soukup (AUT) 2:00:11
7  Liam Killeen (GBR) 2:00:14
8  Iñaki Lejarreta (ESP) 2:00:21
9  Sven Nys (BEL) 2:01:00
10  José Antonio Hermida (ESP) 2:01:01
11  Manuel Fumic (GER) 2:01:16
12  Oliver Beckingsale (GBR) 2:01:25
13  Marek Galiński (POL) 2:01:29
14  Cédric Ravanel (FRA) 2:01:38
15  Burry Stander (RSA) 2:01:58
16  Moritz Milatz (GER) 2:02:59
17  Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE) 2:03:09
18  Jaroslav Kulhavý (CZE) 2:03:20
19  Roel Paulissen (BEL) 2:03:30
20  Geoff Kabush (CAN) 2:03:55
21  Rubens Donizete (BRA) 2:05:19
22  Ji Jianhua (CHN) 2:05:29
23  András Parti (HUN) 2:06:00
24  Kashi Leuchs (NZL) 2:06:30
25  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) 2:06:41
26  Héctor Páez (COL) 2:06:46
27  Dario Alejandro Gasco (ARG) 2:07:04
28  Carlos Coloma Nicolás (ESP) 2:09:05
29  Adam Craig (USA) LAP (1 lap)
30  Yader Zoli (ITA) LAP (1 lap)
31  Klaus Nielsen (DEN) LAP (1 lap)
32  Filip Meirhaeghe (BEL) LAP (2 laps)
33  Wolfram Kurschat (GER) LAP (2 laps)
34  Rudi van Houts (NED) LAP (2 laps)
35  Bilal Akgül (TUR) LAP (2 laps)
36  Cristóbal Silva (CHI) LAP (2 laps)
37  Bart Brentjens (NED) LAP (2 laps)
38  Emil Lindgren (SWE) LAP (2 laps)
39  Daniel McConnell (AUS) LAP (2 laps)
40  Chan Chun Hing (HKG) LAP (2 laps)
41  Yury Trofimov (RUS) LAP (2 laps)
42  Sergiy Rysenko (UKR) LAP (3 laps)
43  Todd Wells (USA) LAP (3 laps)
44  Seamus McGrath (CAN) LAP (3 laps)
45  Mannie Heymans (NAM) LAP (3 laps)
46  Kohei Yamamoto (JPN) LAP (3 laps)
47  Federico Ramírez (CRC) LAP (5 laps)
48  Antipass Kwari (ZIM) LAP (6 laps)
049  Florian Vogel (SUI) DNF
050  Robin Seymour (IRL) DNF

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Absalon secures men's mountain bike gold". ABC News Australia. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Americans lapped as France's Absalon defends gold". USA Today. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "French cyclists on top of the mountain". France 24. 24 August 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fourth Olympic bronze for Switzerland". Swissinfo. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Jones, Rob (23 August 2008). "French dominate the rest of the World". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mountain Biking Competition Format". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mountain Biking: Results and Schedules". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Retrieved 20 October 2013.