Bernt Johansson

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Bernt Johansson
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Bernt Harry Johansson, 1976 Olympic Road Race Gold Medalist.tif


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Olympic Summer Games
gold 1976 Single road race
World championships
gold 1974 Team time trial
World championships
gold 1976 Street races (amateurs)

Bernt Johansson (born  April 18, 1953 in Tidavad, Mariestad municipality ) is a former cyclist from Sweden .

Athletic career

Johansson began his career at the age of twelve in the so-called government championship for beginners, which he won straight away. He became world champion in the team time trial over 100 kilometers with the Swedish team in Montreal in 1974 . In 1975 he won the British Milk Race . The following year, he won the gold medal in the individual road race at the 1976 Summer Olympics , again in Montreal, making him the second individual Olympic champion in his home country in road cycling after Harry Stenqvist . He completed the 180-kilometer route in four hours, 46 minutes and 52 seconds, leaving the second-placed Italian Giuseppe Martinelli behind by 31 seconds. His coach was Curt Söderlund, who had to persuade him to continue his career after three falls at the previous UCI World Championships . After his Olympic victory, a cycling club, Mariestadt Cyclists, was founded for him in his hometown of Mariestadt. His father Harry became the chairman of the association, which in a short period of time received a strong increase in membership.

After he had moved into the professional after his Olympic victory, he finished 1977 in the overall classification of the Giro dell'Emilia the second and the Giro d'Italia and the Giro del Piemonte each third. The following year he won the Giro dell'Emilia and came second in the Tour of Lombardy . In 1977 and 1978 he won the Grand Prix Forlì . In 1979 he reached third place at the Giro dell'Appennino and the Giro d'Italia . Two years later he ended his active career.


In 1976 he was elected Sportsman of the Year in Sweden (together with the Olympic champion in athletics Anders Gärderud ) .

Web links


Hakan Larsson: Bernt. Guldcyclists. CEWE-Förlaget AB, Kalix, 1977. (Swedish)

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c German Cycling Association of the GDR (ed.): The cyclist . No. 49/1976 . Berlin, S. 2 .
  2. Svenska Cykelförbundets (Ed.): Cykelkalendern 1977 . Stockholm 1977, p. 184 (Swedish).