Gold medals to be awarded: 18
Dates of competition: Aug. 9-23
The Olympic cycling competition features a wide-ranging series of disciplines -- including action on the track, on the roads, on cross-country trails and on a moto-cross course.
Moto-cross racing is new to the Olympics this year.
The only cycling gold medal won by an American four years ago went to Tyler Hamilton in the road time trial.
Ten different nations won a cycling gold in Athens.
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