Olympic points race champion Joan Llaneras will hold the Spanish flag at the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Sunday. The rider from Majorca, who also took the silver medal in the Madison with partner Toni Tauler, became the top Spanish Olympian with four career medals. He previously took gold in the points race in Sydney, and silver in the same event in Athens.
He announced after taking his gold medal that he would retire from the sport after the Games.
Llaneras has been world champion four times in the points race (1996, 1998, 2000 and 2007) and three times in the Madison (1997, 1999 and 2006).