The IOC finally awarded Gold Medals to the winners of the Team Cycle Race from the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. The event included cumulative results from two road races and four track races. While judges were calculating the winners at the end of the final 194-kilometer race, the winning Belgian team just hopped on the bus and took off. At the time, Eugene Van Roosbroeck (now 82 years old, pictured above) and his two teammates — Lode Wouters (now 81) Leon De Lathouwer (now deceased) — had no idea that they had won.
“It was only afterwards that we heard we were the best team. None of us thought that there was a medal awarded for the team event,” says Roosbroeck. “The honor was enough for us.”
I’m not sure why it took so long for them to get their medals but you can read the full article at VeloNews.