SAME PLACE, SAME WINNERS!
Canmore, Alberta, Canada was the site and Cadel Evans (Volvo-Cannondale) and Barbara Blatter (Scott) were again the winners.
In a comeback that can only be described as phenomenal, Olympic hometown boy Cadel Evans has given the entire men’s field a solid, Olympic sized kick in the behind. Thus letting the World know he is seriously on form with no lingering effects of twice breaking his collar bone at the start of the season (even though he crashed on it again at Canmore.
Off the start, Cadel perused Be-One star Bas Van Dooren until the fourth lap when he attacked the rider from the Netherlands with authority, putting nearly half a minute on him. Cadel stayed safely in the lead until the closing minutes of the race when Bas charged like a bull cutting Cadel’s lead in half. But it wasn?t enough to catch the speedy Aussie.
Canada’s Roland Green (Team GT) rode another stellar race, finishing third and virtually sealing his Olympic spot. In an odd turn of events, World Champion Miguel Martinez of the Full Dynamix team rode a team edition Trek STP to fourth place because both of his Full Dynamix team bikes are missing.
Americans? Again it was Volkswagen-Trek’s Travis Brown leading the way, making a last ditch charge through the field to finish in the coveted top American spot at 20th. It looks like Travis is headed to the Olympics because this was the last World Cup qualifier race and the second time Travis was top American in. The others? L.L. Bean-Mongoose’s Steve Larsen flatted (go figure) while in 12th place and Volkswagen-Trek’s Kirk Molday didn?t finish (go figure again) due to muscle spasms in his back. Tinker was ahead of Brown until the last finally finishing in 22nd.
Women’s competition saw Scott USA rider Barbara Blatter win her third World Cup of the year and in the process take the overall leaders jersey from GT’s Alison Dunlap. Blatter will no doubt be excited to show her stuff wearing the leaders jersey when the tour goes to her home in Switzerland for the finals in about a month.
Blatter gave up time to Alison Sydor on the descents of the rough Canmore course but she was more than able to make up for it on the climbs, winning by about 45 seconds. With Ruthie Matthes (Volkswagen-Trek) and Ann Trombley (Koulius-Zaard) finishing ninth and tenth respectively, their prospects for the American Olympic team berth look excellent. Alison Dunlap is already on the team.
1. Cadel Evans (AUS) Volvo-Cannondale
3. Roland Green (CAN) Team GT
4. Miguel Martinez (FRA) Full Dynamix
5. Patrick Tolhoek (NED) Be-One
1. Barbara Blatter (SUI) Scott USA
2. Alison Sydor (CAN) Volvo-Cannondale
3. Alla Epifanova (RUS) Volvo-Cannondale
4. Chrissy Redden (CAN) Gary Fisher-SAAB)
5. Alison Dunlap (USA) Team GT