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August 18, 2004

Atlanta Olympics TT photo gallery - Men's

In celebration of the Athens Olympic Time Trials later today, here are some photos from the Atlanta TTs in 1996. The time trial is great for spectators: All the riders pass by multiple times, the crowds are smaller than for the road race, and the follow cars make it very easy to ID the riders.

The Atlanta Olympics marked a watershed in cycling, as Miguel Indurain won his last major race during the time trial. He had just lost the 1996 Tour de France to Bjarne Riis, and his countryman Abraham Olano took silver. Great Britain's Chris Boardman was the bronze medalist. Spain's terrific showing led to about a 45 minute delay in the medal ceremony, since IOC czar Juan-Antonio Samaranch had decreed that he would personally award any gold medals won by Spaniards.

Here's Indurain:

Miguel Indurain takes 1996 Olympic Time Trial gold medal

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Olano:

Abraham Olano winning 1996 Olympic Time Trial silver medal

And bronze medalist Chris Boardman:

Bronze medalist Chris Boardman during 1996 Olympic Time Trial

Competing for the US were Steve Hegg, then of Chevy-LA Sherriffs, and Lance Armstrong, just a few months from discovering his testicular cancer (Armstrong is warming up):

Steve Hegg at 1996 Atlanta Olympic time trial   Lance Armstrong at 1996 Olympic Time Trial

Here's Bjarne Riis, the Great Dane, riding in the invisible yellow jersey the reigning Tour champ radiates:

Bjarne Riis at 1996 Olympic Time Trial

Here's France's Laurent Jalabert, but what's with the face?

Laurent Jalabert at 1996 Olympic Time Trial

And I wonder what ever became of this guy?

Johan Bruyneel at 1996 Olympic Time Trial

Posted by Frank Steele on August 18, 2004 in 2004 Olympics, Lance Armstrong 2004, Photo galleries | Permalink

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