Such a great success the Olympics 1992 were, in Barcelona! Still recently we were celebrating the 25th anniversary of those magical Games.
All the cycling track competitions were held at the Velodrom d’Horta, inaugurated for the event.
But the road races were not in Barcelona city, but in Penedes, the famous wine region (the catalan Tuscany) south Barcelona.
Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (the capital of the catalan Cava sparkling wine) was the town where the races finished.
In those days, the professional cyclists could not participate in the Olympics (it was just from the next Games in Atalanta (USA) that the pros could participate).
The winner of the cycling road race was Fabio Casartelli, the italian cyclist who died shortly after (1995) in the Tour de France. He was riding for the Motorola american team (lead by a certain Lance Armstrong), and crashed in the steep descent of Portet d’Aspet. By those times, helmet was not mandatory.
After Casartelli, the dutch Erik Dekker and the Latvian Dainis Ozols completed the podium.