Athens, Greece - Hellenic Republic
Italy's Paolo Bettini celebrates gold after he won the men's Olympic road race in Athens.
Italy's Paolo Bettini (C) celebrates his gold medal after he won the men's Olympic road race in Athens August 14, 2004. Portugal's Sergio Paulinho (L) took silver and Belgium's Axel Merckx (R) took bronze. 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