Posted by Editor on 03/29/98
WomenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s World Cup #1
Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia - 100 km (35 laps)
1. Dede Demet (US) Saturn 2:35:53
2. Pam Shuster (US) at 0:02
3. Elizabeth Tadich (Aus) 0:05
Field at 2:38
More Mountain Bike World Cup Details
Our correspondent Hank Sydor has filled us in on the details of the womenÃ¢â‚¬Å¡s World Cup race in Napa, California. The 7.1 km main circuit was very tough - much more so than last year - after numerous changes were made by the organizer in response to suggestions from the UCI. At the gun, Annabella Stropparo (Volvo-Cannondale) led Alison Dunlap (GT), Alison Sydor (Volvo-Cannondale) and Caroline Alexander (Ritchey) through two short starting laps, before Sydor gunned it to take the lead as the riders hit the main circuit.
Ã¢â‚¬Å¾She was so focussed, so determinedÃ¢â‚¬Â°, said Hank on his daughter Alison. Ã¢â‚¬Å¾She was taking the best line on all the climbs. Paola Pezzo (Gary Fisher) looked uncertain on the climbs, go to the left, and then the right, but Alison was very smooth and straight.Ã¢â‚¬Â°
By the end of the first lap, Sydor had put 50 seconds on her rival Pezzo, who had moved into second, ahead of Dunlap. The Canadian rider never looked back, increasing her winning margin over Pezzo to 2:07 by the end of the race. Dunlap finished 4:16 back, and Alexander was 4th, 5:58 behind Sydor. Hank said that the majority of riders came in looking very tired by the end of the race, but that Alison appeared fresh enough to do another lap.
Canadian Ritchey pro Chrissy Redden DNFÃ¢â‚¬Å¡d, during the second lap it appears. We have not been able to determine the exact cause of her abandonment, but it looks like it was a mechanical.
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