Athens, Greece - Hellenic Republic
Italy's Paolo Bettini celebrates gold medal after he won the men's Olympic road race in Athens.
Italy's Paolo Bettini celebrates his gold medal after he won the men's Olympic road race in Athens August 14, 2004. Bettini won ahead of Portugal's Sergio Paulinho and Belgium's Axel Merckx. Some 144 competitors took the start of the 17 lap race over a distance of 224.4 kilometres that winds through central Athens. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard EG/AA