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March 16/98 16:49 pm - Tirreno, Cactus Cup Results

Posted by Editor on 03/16/98

Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy

Stage 6 - Teramo to Frontone, 224 km

1. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) Telekom-ADR 5:56:52
2. Fabian Jeker (Sui) Festina at 0:02
3. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei 0:38
4. Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom-ADR
5. Rolf Jaermann (Sui) all s.t.


1. Rolf Jaermann (Sui) Casino 29:24:15
2. Franco Ballerini (Ita) Mapei at 0:14
3. Jens Heppner (Ger) Telekom-ADR 0:51
4. Rolf Sorensen (Den) Rabobank 13:16
5. Zbigniew Spruch (Pol) Mapei 13:22

More Cactus Cup

Josh Hall (a racer familiar to regular readers of the Forums∑) was at Cactus Cup, and kindly sent the following Cross-Country results and Final GC standings. Josh rides for Team Schwinn Canada.

Men XC

1. Paul Rowney Haro 1:52:01.17
2. Bart Brentjens MtDew +0.50 s
3. Andreas Hestler Volvo +1.20
4. Filip Meirhaeghe Mt.Dew +1.86
5. Johan Malmsten Stevens +4.38
6. David Juarez Volvo +10.31
7. Chris Sheppard Catera/Pure Energy +39.62

Other Canadians

11. Neil Grover Rocky
21. Bruno Lafontaine Perigny Velo
25. Josh Hall Schwinn Can
29. Lucas Curran Valu-Net
39. Philippe Lavallee Excellence
40. Greg Blackwell OGC/Fisher
42. Matthew Decore Kona
36. Lazarus Difiore Acsowsmith (B.C)


1. Bart Brentjens
2. Johan Malmsten
3. Filip Meirhaeghe
4. Andreas Hestler
5. Paul Rowney

8. Chris Sheppard
11. Neil Grover
17. Bruno Lafontaine
24. Josh Hall
32. Lucas Curran
39. Matthew Decore
40. Philippe Lavallee
44. Lazarus Difiore

As you can see, the Men's race came down to a four man sprint, and as such Andreas was unable to take the time back that he needed to finish third. The group of seven at the front broke apart slightly in the last few miles of the race when Chris couldn't maintain the pace. After the race, Andreas told of his attempts to attack the bunch on more than one occasion in the waning minutes, but could not lose the other riders. He required a five second margin over Malmsten to move into third.

Women XC

1. Alison Sydor Volvo 2:12:54.25
2. Alla Epifanova Volvo +4:39.27
3. Madeleine Lindberg Team Cresent 5:20.38
4. Lesley Tomlinson Polo Sport 5:22.86
5. Annabella Stropparo Volvo 6:08.07

7. Melanie McQuaid Rocky
10. Sue Palmer Haro
12. Melanie Dorion Oryx
17. Trish Sinclair Kona
20. Marg Fedyna Edmonton


1. Alison Sydor
2. Alla Epifanova
3. Lesley Tomlinson
4. Madeleine Lindberg
5. Mary Hearn

8. Melanie McQuaid
9. Sue Palmer
12. Melanie Dorion
18. Trish Sinclair
21. Marg Fedyna

Honestly I don't know the story behind the women's race as it was going on right before the men were to start. The weather the night before had made the course a little more slick than the usual hardpacked conditions. The course was not too bad for the mens race but the earlier categories had to contend with considerably muddier conditions, and this might have also been the case for much of the women's event.


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