Heat forces changes in Olympic cycling rules

Updated: August 14, 2004, 9:25 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Because of the excruciating heat under an unrelenting sun, Olympic cycling organizers allowed team cars to provide their riders with water during Saturday's road race.

With temperatures reaching 100 degrees on some stretches of the 8.2-mile course, organizers realized that having just one feed zone along the circuit was insufficient, and allowed team cars to give bottles to their riders, too.

Doctors estimated riders would need about 10 liters to drink and cool them down during the 139.4-mile, six-hour race. Some riders lost more than four pounds over three hours in training, despite drinking three liters of water.

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