Petr Benčík

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Petr Benčík
Personal information
Full name Petr Benčík
Born (1976-01-29) 29 January 1976 (age 42)
Česká Lípa, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2000–2002 Wüstenrot ZVVZ
2003–2005 Ed' System ZVVZ
2006–2007 PSK Whirlpool–Hradec Krlove
2008–2012 PSK Whirlpool–Author

Petr Benčík (born January 29, 1976 in Česká Lípa) is a retired Czech professional road cyclist.[1] He represented his nation Czech Republic at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and also claimed three sporting titles in men's road race at the national championships as a full-fledged member of the Czech cycling team.

Bencik made his professional cycling debut in 2000 for the team Wüstenrot ZVVZ. Throughout his career, he captured numerous cup titles in both national and global road cycling tournaments, including his tremendous triumph from the 2006 Memoriał Henryka Łasaka in Poland.[2]

Riding for PSK Whirlpool–Author pro cycling team since 2006, Bencik qualified for the Czech squad, as a 32-year-old, in the men's road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving one half of the nation's two berths from UCI Europe Tour, along with his teammate Roman Kreuziger.[3] He successfully completed a grueling race with a seventy-fifth-place finish through a vast field of nearly a hundred cyclists in 6:39:42.[4] Bencik's official result was later elevated to seventy-fourth position, when Italy's Davide Rebellin had tested positive for CERA that consequently stripped off his Olympic silver medal.[5]

Career highlights[edit]

1996
3rd Czech Championships (Road)
1998
1st Overall Olympik Trnava, Slovakia
1st Stage 1
2000
3rd Prologue Tour de Beauce, Quebec (CAN)
2nd Stage 10 Herald Sun Tour, Apollo Bay, Victoria (AUS)
2nd Stage 11 Herald Sun Tour, Geelong, Victoria (AUS)
2003
3rd Stage 3 Tour de Beauce, Quebec (CAN)
2004
2nd Czech Championships (Road), Brno (CZE)
2nd Memoriał Henryka Łasaka, Poland
2006
1st Memoriał Henryka Łasaka, Poland
2007
3rd Overall Tour du Loir-et-Cher 'Edmond-Provost', Vendôme (FRA)
3rd Stage 3
3rd Czech Championships (Road)
3rd Friedens und Freundschaftstour, Austria
1st Stage 1, Bad Leonfelden
2008
1st Czech Championships (Road)
74th Olympic Games, Beijing (CHN)
2010
1st Czech Championships (Road)
8th Overall Tour of Austria, Austria
2011
1st Czech Championships (Road)
1st Overall Tour of Austria, Austria
1st Stage 1, Traun
9th Czech Cycling Tour, Czech Republic
8th Coupe des Carpathes, Poland

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Petr Benčík". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aktuálně: 13. Memoriál Henryka Lasaka: Benčík v desítce na Pucharu Uzdrowisk Karpackich" [13th Memorial Henryk Lasák: Benčík blisters into the top ten in Uzdrowisk Karpacka] (in Czech). Kastar. 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cyklista Benčík si splnil dva sny. Má titul a pojede na olympiádu" [Cyclist Benčík has fulfilled two dreams: a national title and a spot for the Olympics] (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Men's Road Race". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Olympics: Six Beijing Games athletes test positive for CERA". Seattle Times. 14 September 2009. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

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