June 4/99 10:04 am - First Union Classic, More Somerville, Is Cycling Biased?
Posted by Editor on 06/4/99
First Union Classic
Trenton, 146.45 kms
1. George Hincapie (USA) US Postal 3:07:07
2. Eddy Gragus (USA) Ikon-Lexus
3. Julian Dean (NZ) US Postal
4. Mario Traversoni (Ita) Saeco-Cannondale
5. Andre Korff (Ger) Festina-Lotus
6. Tayeb Braikia (Den) Acceptcard Cycling Team
7. Gordon Fraser (Can) Mercury
8. Todd Littlehales (USA) Navigators
9. Vros Murn (Slo) Krka Telekom
10. Harm Jansen (Ned) Composite Team
23. Eric Wohlberg (Can) Shaklee
24. Guiseppe Giuliano (Can) Jet Fuel
31. Michael Barry (Can) Saturn
44. Mark Walters (Can) Navigators all s.t.
60. Czeslaw Lukascewicz (Can) at 0:30
68. Luca Segato (Can) Nutra-Fig 1:00
74. Heath Cockburn (Can) Jet Fuel 1:12
83. Sylvain Beauchamp (Can) Shaklee 1:33
89. Brian Walton (Can) Saturn 1:59
90. Mark Hlady (Can) Jet Fuel
91. Josh Hall (Can) Jet Fuel both s.t.
Dominique Perras (Can) Nutra-Fig
Andrew Randell (Can) Jet Fuel
Matt Hansen (Can) Jet Fuel
Kevin Field (Can) Jet Fuel
Helene Houle has passed on the information that Czeslaw Lukaszewicz was second to Eric Wohlberg in the Tour of Somerville.
I have just read an interesting argument on how bike race organizers create biased courses to suit race favourites. The proponents were talking about how the Giro this year was created to favour Pantani; and how it has succeeded to the point where we now have an extremely boring and predictable race (ie, 'Oh, another mountain stage? Wonder how much Marco will win by today...'). The same thing has happened with the Tour in the past (heavy on time trials to favour Indurain or Hinault). Is this something unique to cycling? Has it happened in mountain biking? In other sports? Post your responses on the Forums.