Argentina win first-ever cycling medal with victory in madison race

Society Materials 19 August 2008 16:12 (UTC +04:00)

Argentina on Tuesday won their first-ever Olympic cycling medal when they won men's madison race at the Beijing Olympics ahead of Spain, dpa reported.

Juan Esteban Curuchet and Walter Fernando Perez beat Joan Llaneras and Antonio Tauler into second place by just a single point. The South Americans finished on eight points.

The bronze medal was won by Russians Mikhael Ignatyev and Alexei Markov with six points, who were the only other team not to be a lap behind.

In the madison race teams consisting of two riders compete against each other in a race over a distance of 50km. The final placing is determined by points accumulated during periodic sprints, with 20 points being deducted for a lap lost on the leaders.