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
Mountain biking at the 2008 Olympic Games - Men's cross-country podium (2).jpg
Venue Laoshan Mountain Bike Course
Dates August 23, 2008
Competitors 50 from 33 nations
Winning time 1:55:59
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Julien Absalon  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jean-Christophe Péraud  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nino Schurter  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 eight laps, with 172 m of elevation change for each, around the 4.45 km course at Laoshan Mountain Bike Course.[6] The overall distance of the race was 35.60 km.

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 Country Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Julien Absalon  France 1:55:59
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jean-Christophe Péraud  France 1:57:06
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nino Schurter  Switzerland 1:57:52
4 Christoph Sauser  Switzerland 1:57:54
5 Marco Aurelio Fontana  Italy 1:59:59
6 Christoph Soukup  Austria 2:00:11
7 Liam Killeen  Great Britain 2:00:14
8 Iñaki Lejarreta  Spain 2:00:21
9 Sven Nys  Belgium 2:01:00
10 José Antonio Hermida  Spain 2:01:01
11 Manuel Fumic  Germany 2:01:16
12 Oliver Beckingsale  Great Britain 2:01:25
13 Marek Galiński  Poland 2:01:29
14 Cédric Ravanel  France 2:01:38
15 Burry Stander  South Africa 2:01:58
16 Moritz Milatz  Germany 2:02:59
17 Fredrik Kessiakoff  Sweden 2:03:09
18 Jaroslav Kulhavý  Czech Republic 2:03:20
19 Roel Paulissen  Belgium 2:03:30
20 Geoff Kabush  Canada 2:03:55
21 Rubens Donizete  Brazil 2:05:19
22 Ji Jianhua  China 2:05:29
23 András Parti  Hungary 2:06:00
24 Kashi Leuchs  New Zealand 2:06:30
25 Jakob Fuglsang  Denmark 2:06:41
26 Héctor Páez  Colombia 2:06:46
27 Dario Alejandro Gasco  Argentina 2:07:04
28 Carlos Coloma Nicolás  Spain 2:09:05
29 Adam Craig  United States LAP (1 lap)
30 Yader Zoli  Italy LAP (1 lap)
31 Klaus Nielsen  Denmark LAP (1 lap)
32 Filip Meirhaeghe  Belgium LAP (2 laps)
33 Wolfram Kurschat  Germany LAP (2 laps)
34 Rudi van Houts  Netherlands LAP (2 laps)
35 Bilal Akgül  Turkey LAP (2 laps)
36 Cristóbal Silva  Chile LAP (2 laps)
37 Bart Brentjens  Netherlands LAP (2 laps)
38 Emil Lindgren  Sweden LAP (2 laps)
39 Daniel McConnell  Australia LAP (2 laps)
40 Chan Chun Hing  Hong Kong LAP (2 laps)
41 Yury Trofimov  Russia LAP (2 laps)
42 Sergiy Rysenko  Ukraine LAP (3 laps)
43 Todd Wells  United States LAP (3 laps)
44 Seamus McGrath  Canada LAP (3 laps)
45 Mannie Heymans  Namibia LAP (3 laps)
46 Kohei Yamamoto  Japan LAP (3 laps)
47 Federico Ramírez  Costa Rica LAP (5 laps)
48 Antipass Kwari  Zimbabwe LAP (6 laps)
Florian Vogel  Switzerland DNF
Robin Seymour  Ireland 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.