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JUST IN!!!

LITTLE MIG TAKES SENIOR MEN?S WORLD TITLE!
Becoming the first rider to win a rainbow jersey in the juniors, U-23 and seniors, Frenchman Miguel Martinez rode away from the pack to claim the coveted Elite men’s cross-country World Championship.
On a high-altitude course that had many steep climbs and technical descents, no rider could match the pace Martinez set right from the gun. He soloed to victory by nearly three minutes over second place Roland Green of Canada.
Green rode the greatest race of his career, and he did it on a full suspension GT i-Drive. The men’s field saw many of the top contenders suffer problems from the get-go. Marco Bui crashed on the second lap and broke his collarbone; and Thomas Frischknecht, Christophe Dupouey, Christophe Sauser, defending World Champion Michael Rasmussen and Bas Van Dooren all suffered flats on the first lap. Hubert Pallhuber flatted on the third lap and Cadel Evans crashed and broke his derailleur on the last lap. Both riders were well in the top ten at the time.
Top American was Greg Randolph, finishing 17th. He came back from a bad crash on the first lap that damaged his rear derailleur to finish in the top twenty.

MEN?S ELITE CROSS-COUNTRY
1.Miguel Martinez (Fra)
2.Roland Green (Can)
3.Bart Brentjens (Nl)
4.Jose Marquez (Esp)
5.Ludovic Dubau (Fra)

MARGA FULLANA WINS ELITE WORLD XC TITLE AGAIN!
Marga Fullana repeated as World Champion today, winning by three and a half minutes over second place Alison Syder of Canada. The Spanish fans chanted ?Marga? throughout the race as their countrywoman Fullana set a blistering pace right from the gun and never looked back. Fullana put her superior climbing ability to use as she broke the field apart on the first climb of the high altitude course and gradually extended her lead with every elevation gain. Italian Paola Pezzo rode alone in second for most of the race but was caught on the last lap by Syder.
Alison Dunlap was top American in sixth, just about seven minutes back.

1. Marga Fullana (Esp)
2. Alison Sydor (Can)
3. Paola Pezzo (Ita)
4. Barbara Blatter (Swi)
5. Mary Grigson (Aus)

TYLER HAMILTON WINS DAUPHINE LIBERE
After taking over the GC lead from teammate Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton claimed the overall victory in the 52nd Dauphine Libere stage race in France, a final Tour de France prep for the US Postal team. Hamilton credited Armstrong’s support for his win.

OVERALL
1. Tyler Hamilton (USA)
2.Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) down 0:31
3.Lance Armstrong (USA) down 0:36
4.Alex Zulle (Swi) down 1:42
5.Jonathan Vaughters (USA) down 2:56

AMERICAN KATHY PRUITT WINS GOLD MEDAL!
Kathy Pruitt won the junior women’s downhill, becoming the second American junior racer to become World Champion. It snowed Friday night before the race but a sunny day began to melt the white, as the junior women started down the fast, not-too-technical, Sierra Nevada course in Spain.

JUNIOR WOMEN?S DOWNHILL
Kathy Pruitt (USA
2. Helen Gaskell (GB)
3. Fionn Griffiths (GB)
4. Celine Gros (Fra)
5. Moi Suemasa (Jp)

FRANCE ON TOP OF JR. MEN?S DOWNHILL
Julien Poomans of France won the junior men’s
world downhill championship.

JUNIOR MEN?S DOWNHILL
Julien Poomans (Fra)
2. Michael Hannah (Aus)
3. Jean-Paul Labossiere (Fra)
4. Julien Camellini (Fra)
5. Christopher Hatton (F)

WORLD CHAMPION MYLES ROCKWELL!
In an upset that can only be described as phenomenal, American Myles Rockwell ended Nicolas Vouilloz’s eight straight times of winning the gold to become the men’s elite downhill World Champion in Sierra-Nevada, Spain on Saturday. This is the third gold medal for the US.
The course was all about going fast and pedaling hard-a Myles specialty. Frenchman Nico flatted just past the halfway point of the course and finished just over five seconds behind Myles for eighth (Myles? time was just under four minutes). His tire was soft but not completely expired.
Second place went to Brit Steve Peat, another rider who has the same style as Myles.

MENS ELITE DOWNHILL
1. Myles Rockwell (USA)
2. Steve Peat (GB)
3. Mickael Pascal (Fra)
4. Gerwin Peters (Nl)
5. Eric Carter (USA)

CHAUSSON WORLD CHAMPION AGAIN
Anne-Caroline Chausson from France won her eighth straight women’s downhill World Championship despite a bad seeding run early in the week and numerous other problems leading up to the final run.

WOMEN?S ELITE DOWNHILL
1. Anne-Caroline Chausson (Fra)
2. Katja Repo (Fin)
3. Marla Streb (USA)
4. Elke Brutsaert (USA)
5. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)

DUAL RESULTS
Wade Boots upset favorite Brian Lopes to win the first ever Dual World Championships and Anne-Caroline got her second rainbow jersey of the week, surprising the usual cast of Dual specialists.

MEN?S DUAL
Wade Bootes (Aus)
Brian Lopes (USA)
Michael Deldycke (Fra)
4. Sean McCarroll (Aus).

WOMEN?S DUAL
Anne-Caroline Chausson (Fra)
Tara Llanes (USA)
3. Sabrina Jonnier (Fra)
4. Sari Jorgensen (Swi)

Men: 1. Wade Bootes, Australia; 2. Brian
Lopes, USA; 3. Michael Deldycke, France; 4. Sean McCarroll, Australia.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!
AMERICAN WALKER FERGUSON WINS JR. XC
Walker Ferguson of Norwood, Colorado won the Junior cross-country race today (Friday) in a come from behind charge that saw him make up nearly a minute on the last lap.
Lejarreta Errasti of Spain set an early pace and Ferguson, the young Devo Team rider was among the leaders in a chase group. Errasti held a comfortable lead until the last lap when Ferguson dropped the riders in the group he was in and made serious time on Errasti, especially on the rocky descents. Ferguson’s final charge on the last switchback climb sealed the deal when Errasti, clearly suffering had to get off and push. Ferguson opened a 30-second lead and rode to the gold. Securing Team USA its first rainbow jersey of the weekend.
In the Junior women’s class, Sonja Traxel of Switzerland came from behind to take the win after Nicole Cooke of Great Britain crashed at the start of the last lap.

JUNIOR MEN
1. Walker Ferguson (USA)
2. Lejarreta Errasti (Esp)
3. Florian Vogel (Swi)
4. Eduardo Bosc (Arg)
5. Liam Killeen (GB)

JUNIOR WOMEN
1. Sonja Traxel (Swi)
2. Maja Wlosczowska (Pl)
3. Nicole Cooke (GB),
4. Simone Trachsel (Swi)
5. Giorgi Bronzini (I),

UNDER-23: ANOTHER SPANIARD
Jose Antonio Hermida from Spain and Kashi Leuchs from New Zealand set the early pace and opened up a sizable gap on the field, a gap that looked like it would stick, making the race a selection between these two riders. But on the last lap Hermida attacked, leaving a hurting Leuchs in his wake. To make matters worse, Leuchs flatted near the end of the lap with a one-minute lead on second place.

Hermida rode unchallenged to the finish in front of a hysterical home crowed, earning another rainbow jersey for himself. (he was on the Spanish Relay team).

U-23 MEN
1. Jose Antonio Hermida (Esp)
2. Marti Gispert Labarta (Esp)
1. Kashi Leuchs (NZ)
2. Julien Absalon (F)
5. Cedric Ravanel (F)




MOUNTAIN BIKE WORLDS KICK OFF WITH TEAM RELAY
The 2000 Mountain Bike World Championships started Wednesday in Sierra Nevada, Spain with the ?Worlds only? Team relay and the local kids from Spain were the big winners. On the team was Jose Antonio Hermida (U-23), Roberto Lezaun (elite men), Marga Fullana (elite woman) and Inaki Lejarreta (junior). The event, which was created at last years Worlds in Sweden, features a four-rider team with at least one rider from each cross-country faction (Elite, U-23, woman and junior). The riders complete one lap on the cross-country course and exchange a Velcro arm band at the start/finish transition area with lowest overall time winning. Teams can send riders in any order so tactics do come into play. This year, Hermida caught and passed Italy’s Paola Pezzo on the last lap to give Spain its victory.
The American team consisted of Greg Randolph, Walker Ferguson, Ruthie Matthes and Jess Swiggers. Randolph flatted on the first lap regulating the Americans to a seventh place overall finish.

TEAM RELAY:
1. Spain
2. Switzerland
3. Italy;
4. Poland
5. Australia

DON’T BE A EURO


By Mike Cushionbury

I?m beat. After racing a local Big Bear Amateur Cup cross-country race on Sunday and getting hit by a car on my road bike on Monday, I?ve had more energy.
Lucky for me I was just cruising on a recovery ride and going very slow when a parked car decided it was time to go, just as I passed in front of it. I escaped unhurt and with only a bent derailleur hanger and thrashed rear wheel. After I was hit, my biggest concern was if my GT Lotto bike and brand new Team Edition Shimano parts were intact. I?m stupid like that.
Anyway, the point. Oh ya, being Mr. Euro cool, I was wearing a Lotto cycling cap instead of my helmet. My logic, on an easy day, is that I was just going to be riding on the bike path and my actual road time was limited. Guess what? All it took was ?limited road time? to get whacked. Be careful and wear your helmet if cars are around.
What an exciting cap to three weeks of great Giro racing (all shown to us Yanks by the Outdoor Life Network) that came down to the penultimate stage. How ironic that Mercatone Uno rider Stefano Garzelli took the pink leaders jersey on the same stage that his teammate Marco Pantani lost it (and the right to race) last year.
The day before, on stage 19 Pantani showed strength on the final climbing road stage that harked back to that of last year. He constantly accelerated away but then pulled back to support Garzelli, who, along with then leader Francesco Casagrande, could not respond.
While Pantani ended up nearly an hour down on his winning teammate on GC, he rode himself into Tour shape by the Giro’s end. As Phil Liggett said on that landmark 19th stage, Lance Armstrong is no doubt watching this and is worried about the climbing form Pantoni has regained.
Our favorite American, Lance Armstrong along with his Postal squad, sat out the Giro in favor of the Dauphin?ib? stage race in France, which just started. Armstrong is currently in second overall (Tuesday morning), only 11 seconds off leader Alberto Lopez de Munain of Spain.
The Tour de France starts in less than a month!

Oh, if anyone wants to help out with World Cup coverage, call me. My original correspondent is still gone missing?

 

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