Sanchez Wins Cycling Gold for Spain
Samuel Sanchez can now stand next to Carlos Sastre, Alberto Contador, Rapha Nadal and the Spanish National Football Squad as winners in 2008. On the final drag to the finish he managed to hold of Italian birthday boy (or man, at 37) Davide Rebellin. A hard charging Fabian Cancellara bridged to the lead group out of nowhere on the last climb and took bronze. Russian Alexandre Kolobnev finished fourth.
Also in the final selection formed on the last lap of the finishing circuit were Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (5th) and Micheal Rogers of Australia (6th). The winner was always looked to come from that group of five (minus Cancellara who was able to bridge from a group containing Tour de France runner-up Cadel Evans).
Three of the top five riders: Cancellara, Kolobnev and Schleck ride professionally with the Danish-Based CSC - Saxo Bank team.
Canadian Michael Barry managed a 9th place finish.