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September 9/00 4:55 am - Euro Results, Norba XC Results

Posted by Editor on 09/9/00

Canadians in Europe

- Canadian Mark Addison is competing in the Tour of Macedonia, he is currently 32nd on GC with one stage remaining.

- Brian Walton has been doing final Olympic preparation by racing in Belgium, he was 12th at the Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde on September 2nd and 4th at the Zomergem-Adinkerke on September 7th.

Vuelta Espana

Stage 13 - Santander 143 km

1 Mariano Piccoli (Ita) Lampre Daikin 3:15:44
2 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Jean Delatour at 0:23
3 Francisco Cabello Luque (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca
4 Paolo Bossoni (Ita) Cantina Tollo
5 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step all s.t.
6 Andrei Zintchenko (Rus) LA-Pecol 2:12
7 Victor Hugo Pena (Col) Vitalicio Seguros s.t.
8 Biagio Conte (Ita) Saeco-Valli & Valli 2:20
9 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) Farm Frites
10 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Alessio

11 David Clinger (USA) Festina Watches
30 Abraham Olano Manzano (Esp) ONCE-Deutsche Bank
37 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca
52 Pascal Herve (Fra) Team Polti
53 Fernando Escartin (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca
56 Oscar Camenzind (Sui) Lampre Daikin
57 Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti
81 Laurent Dufaux (Sui) Saeco-Valli & Valli all s.t.
104 Alex Zulle (Sui) Banesto 8:13
140 Guido Trenti (USA) Cantina Tollo 11:57


1 Angel Casero Moreno (Esp) Festina Watches 43:35:31
2 Roberto Heras Hernandez (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca at 1:15
3 Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano (Esp) Vitalicio Seguros 1:48
4 Santos Gonzalez Capilla (Esp) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 2:44
5 Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Mapei-Quick Step 3:21
6 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Esp) Mapei-Quick Step 3:21
7 Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 3:35
8 Abraham Olano Manzano (Esp) ONCE-Deutsche Bank 3:39
9 Raimundas Rumsas (Ltu) Fassa Bortolo 4:20
10 Jose Luis Rubiera Vigil (Esp)  Kelme-Costa Blanca 4:29

12 Fernando Escartin (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 5:27
15 Oscar Camenzind (Sui) Lampre Daikin 7:00
21 Richard Virenque (Fra) Team Polti 11:33
23 Pascal Herve (Fra) Team Polti 13:38
35 Alex Zulle (Sui) Banesto 27:26
50 Santiago Botero (Col) Kelme-Costa Blanca 41:41
57 Laurent Dufaux (Sui) Saeco-Valli & Valli 49:37
69 David Clinger (USA) Festina Watches 56:06
127 Guido Trenti (USA) Cantina Tollo 1:24:58

Paris-Brussells, Belgium

1: Max van Heeswijk (Ned) Mapei-Quick Step 5:35:36
2: Frank Hoj (Den) Francaise des Jeux
3: Ludovic Capelle (Bel) Charleroi-New Systems
4: Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Polti
5: Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Palmans-Ideal
6: Fausto Dotti (Ita) Liquigas-Pata
7: Jo Planckaert (Bel) Cofidis
8: Arvis Piziks (Lat) Memorycard
9: Lars Michaelsen (Den) Francaise des Jeux
10: Dimitri Konyshev (Rus) Fassa Bortolo all s.t.

Tour de l'Avenir, France

Stage 10 - Annemasse 120 km (Preliminary)

1 Alexandre Usov (Blr) Phonak Hearing Systems 2:51:12
2 Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
3 Raphael Jeune (Fra) French National Team
4 David Derepas (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
5 Mickael Leveau (Fra) Besson Chaussures
6 Ivaïlo Gabrovski (Bul) Jean Delatour
7 Jay Sweet (Aus) Big Mat-Auber 93
8 Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux
9 Romain Mary (Fra) French National Team
10 Mederic Clain (Fra) Besson Chaussures all s.t.

Final GC (Preliminary)

1 Iker Flores (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 38:17:14
2 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis at 0:43
3 Sven Montgomery (Sui) Francaise Des Jeux 1:06
4 Floyd Landis (USA) Manheim Auctions-Mercury 3:35
5 Aitor Kintana (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4:01
6 Dimitri Fofonov (Kaz) Besson Chaussures
7 Ludovic Martin (Fra) Credit Agricole 4:10
8 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Besson Chaussures 4:31
9 Thierry Loder (Fra) Cofidis 4:44
10 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Cofidis 6:05

Norba National XC - Mammoth, California
(courtesy USA Cycling)

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2000) -- In a scene reminiscent of the 1997 Chevy Trucks NORBA National Championship Series finals, 2000 Olympian Ruthie Matthes (Durango, Colo. -- Trek/Volkswagen) and Steve Larsen (Jacksonville, Ore. -- LL Bean Mongoose) donned the 2000 U.S. national cross-country champion jerseys once again, this time at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. The newly crowned national champions claimed their stake after Matthes placed third in Friday's final cross-country race and Larsen took first.

While Larsen won the national jersey and the overall series title, 2000 Australian Olympic team member Mary Grigson (Gary Fisher/Saab) won the women's overall series title. Matthes, however, was the top American at second overall. Only U.S. riders are able to claim the Stars and Stripes jersey. This marks the second national title for Larsen, while Matthes now holds four.

The women's race eventually shook out like most of the four preceding national races this year. Grigson, who usually has a slow start, shot off from the beginning of the 26-mile race, which took racers up to 9,400 feet. By the end of the first lap, just 26 minutes in to the race, Grigson held a 20-second lead over Dunlap and Argentine Olympian Jimena Florit. By the start of the third lap, the Aussie was ahead of the field by more than one minute, never faltering on her way to the finish.

"I actually surprised myself today. It was a really long race, and the wind was brutal. I'd feel strong sometimes and then a big gust of wind would come by and I think 'Oh, I've got nothing,' " said Grigson, who won four of the five 2000 national series races. "I think the other riders expected my usual ... be there, be there, then bang. I'm over the moon about the race today. To walk away to the Olympics now is amazing."

Meanwhile, it looked to be a tight race between Dunlap and Florit for second, but the Argentine flatted at the end of four of five laps. Florit's bad luck allowed Matthes and Trombley to capitalize on their pre-Olympic strength. For Matthes, Friday's race proved to be good preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games.

"It was a long altitude race and a long day. In the last lap, I felt like I was going in slow-mo. I feel good though. I've had some rest and it's good to shake out the legs before the Olympics. It feels really good to win the national title. It's the fourth one (national mountain bike championship), so it's special. The Olympics are next, and it's a great opportunity. It will be a lot of fun."

Like Grigson, Larsen led his race from the start. The Oregon rider came into Mammoth on a roll, winning the last two national races in Utah and Washington. Among those chasing the '99 Pan American Games gold medalist was past national collegiate mountain bike champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo. -- Nantucket Nectars-Specialized)) and 2000 Russian Olympic team member Pavel Tcherkassov (Gary Fisher/Saab). Juarez also tried a charge at Larsen, but any attacks proved fruitless for all three men.

Larsen jumped from a 50-second lead at the end of the second lap to a one minute and 40 second lead at the close of the third. The gap helped clinch the national title for Larsen.

"I didn't know what to expect today. I honestly didn't expect to win this one, but this course has always been good for me, and my fitness is on," said Larsen, who was the top American in 1997, but not the overall series winner. "I just wanted to have a good race, and it feels good to win the series title outright. It's a great honor to win the whole series, and I proved I'm the strongest guy out here. It means a lot to me. The series title wasn't a real priority at the start of the season, but I'm proud to win it."

Horgan-Kobelski, who recently placed third overall at the Mercury Tour in Colorado, put in his best national race finish Friday, ending up second. His finish Friday was good enough to earn him the 2000 U.S. under-23 national title.

Women's XC

1. Mary Grigson (Aus) Gary Fisher/Saab 2:14:06
2. Alison Dunlap (USA) Team GT at 3:29
3. Ruthie Matthes (USA) Trek Volkswagen 4:49
4. Ann Trombley (USA) Koulius Zaard 4:56
5. Jimena Florit (ARG) RLX Polo Sport 5:39
6. Audrey Augustin (USA) Koulius Zaard 5:59
7. Rene Marshman (USA) Moots 6:10
8. Elli Emmett (USA) Litespeed 7:13
9. Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) SoBe/HeadShok 7:50
10. Lanie Mason (USA) Cane Creek 8:36

14 Trish Sinclair (Can) Marin 11:08
DNF Melanie Dorion (Can) Ford-Devinci

Final Series Standings (Final plus best 3)

1. Grigson 800 points
2. Matthes 720
3. Florit 650
4. Trombley 622
5. Augustin 572
6. Chrissy Redden (Can) Gary Fisher-Saab 550 (did not attend final)
7. Marshman 546
8. Vanlandingham 545
9. Emmett 538
10. Ann Grande (USA) 526

13. Sinclair 510
25. Amber Chorney (Can) Ford-Devinci 378
27. Lesley Tomlinson (Can) RLX Polo Sport 366
28. Dorion 362
56. Alison Sydor (Can) Volvo-Cannondale 156
65. Linda Robichaud (Can) Basic Sport Nutrition 110
66. Karen Dewolfe (Can) Rhino Bike Works 106
67. Christine Platt (Can) Rocky Mountain 102
73. Leslie Greene (Can) GT Canada 86
83. Cristina Piccone (Can) 54


1. Steve Larsen (USA) L.L. Bean-Mongoose 2:31:04
2. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Nantucket Specialized at 2:15
3. Pavel Tcherkassov (Rus) Gary Fisher-Saab 2:56
4. David Wiens (USA) RLX-Polo Sport 3:14
5. Seamus McGrath (Can) Haro-Lee Dungarees 3:16
6. Jimi Killen (USA) Schwinn-Toyota 4:14
7. Tinker Juarez (USA) Volvo-Cannondale 6:10
8. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Gary Fisher-Saab 6:43
9. Peter Swenson (USA) SoBe-HeadShok 7:09
10. Frank Mapel (USA) Trek-Volkswagen 7:59

11. Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro-Lee Dungarees 8:16
20. Marc Sonntag (Can) Kona 13:16
21. Peter Wedge (Can) Kona 14:13
29. Ruedi Schnyder (Can) Norco 16:30
33. Andreas Hestler (Can) Ford-Devinci 17:41
39. Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Ford-Devinci 18:56
DNF Matt Decore (Can) Marin

Final Series Standings (Final plus best 3)

1. Larsen 774 points
2. Tcherkassov 698
3. McGrath 622
4. Marc Gullickson (USA) Mongoose 562
5. Horgan-Kobelski 530
6. Juarez 528
7. Hesjedal 524 (second Espoir)
8. Sheppard 520
9. Carl Swenson (USA) RLX Polo Sport 510
10. Hestler 506

12. Geoff Kabush (Can) Kona 474 (did not attend final)
18. Roland Green (Can) GT 454
21. Wedge 422
22. Toulouse 418
47. Sonntag 214
69. Eric Tourville (Can) Oryx 122
76. Lucas Curran (Can) Leximark Axidata 100
77. Carter Hovey (Can) Diamondback Zeek 98
80. Schnyder 94
85. Julian Hine (Can) Schwinn-Toyota 84
86. Jean-Francois Robert (Can) OGC-Fisher 82
96. Jean-Francois Laroche (Can) Ford-Devinci 60
100. Dave Vunic (Can) OGC-Fisher 50
105. Virgil Hawkes (Can) OGC-Fisher 42


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