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Men's Worlds report(10 posts)

Men's Worlds reportJohnG
Oct 14, 2001 7:21 AM
Check out this nice report on the men's Worlds!

Let's see, who predicted Freire? :-) (nm)mickey-mac
Oct 14, 2001 7:52 AM
Ya know, it's not nice to gloat.... ;-) .nmJohnG
Oct 14, 2001 8:53 AM
I thought Zabel or Dekker would.Elefantino
Oct 14, 2001 8:28 AM
But Zabel's not the same without a good leadout man.
Im just glad the "Dickster" didn't take it.Largo
Oct 14, 2001 8:45 AM
I am amazed the group stayed together for the whole race.
That course was made for breakaways.
I really wanted Tchmil to take it, it would have been a great retirement present for a gutsy racer.
I agree about the Tchmil part.JohnG
Oct 14, 2001 8:55 AM
It's cool to see a guy his age competing at this level. Very inspiring for all!

Great Live Experiencezelig1
Oct 15, 2001 6:51 AM
I went to Lisboa this year and saw both the Elite Men's TT & RR. One great thing about Lisboa is that it's small enough that you have a chance to see riders, fans, coaches and reporters wherever you go in the city. Just coming into the Lisbon Airport Wednesday night, the Italian road squad was waiting for their baggage. Bartoli, Casagrande, Simoni, Lanfranchi, Bettini, etc. I just walked over and shook Bettini's hand and wished him luck.

The atmosphere on the TT day was very laid back. Millar warming up with his headphones on while Leipheimer was looking very relaxed. Ullrich was nowhere to be seen. Temperature was around 24C but very humid. The course, for a World TT was very hilly. In fact, except for a brief downhill, the first half of the course was uphill. When the riders passed the finish line the course went slight downhill and then they hit the first ramp of a hill, still in the big ring. I saw Leipheimer pass his minute man on this hill and then Millar came by, in the saddle and looking smooth. Then Der Kaiser came flying by and the crowd was abuzz. Being 5 riders behind Millar had to help Ullrich make up the time gaps. He was quite happy giving this big smile to the crowd as he rode towards the podium after cooling down.

The pace on the RR was fairly slow in the first half. People were saying, riders, journalists and fans, that this was the toughest road course in the past 10 years. The terrain of the course was such that you probably needed 2 minutes at the top of the last hill as the remainder of the course was downhill. Basically the first half of the course was uphill, there was a short descent between the two climbs, and the balance of the course was down hill with a few false flats.

The Spanish team rode well in the last couple of laps, keeping toward the front and protecting Freire. Tchmil looked uncomfortable for most of the race and van Petegem and Vainstains retired within a lap of each other, about 3/4's of the way into the race. The Cannibal himself was in the Belgium pits and just shook his head when van Petegem stopped. I watched the final lap at a point about 200meters from the finish line and the speed of the pack winding it up was incredible. I had Freire, Ullrich, Zabel and one of the many Italians, Bettini, Bartoli or Rebellin, as my favorites. Lots of Freire Gomez fans in the crowd going wild.

Nice atmosphere, lots of fans from Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Germany and the host country. Even got to meet El Diablo when walking the course.

Flew back this morning sitting next to a member of the Canadian women's team and in front of the team from Ireland including Paudie O'Brien who was in the first lap crash of the Junior's race and ran all into the pits for a bike change.

If you're in Europe next year, the World's are at Zolder in Belgium. Otherwise wait until 2003 when they'll be in Hamilton, Ontario.
Nice reportmickey-mac
Oct 15, 2001 8:43 AM
It's nice to hear from someone who was present for the TT and the road race. I'm not surprised to hear that van Petegem didn't get much sympathy from Eddy when he abandoned. I wouldn't want to face the Cannibal after pulling out of a race in the Belgian uniform.
Great Live ExperienceJack S
Oct 15, 2001 9:42 AM
Also, cyclo-cross Worlds in Zolder Feb 2002... I will wait until 2004, when the Road Worlds return to Verona.
Great Live ExperienceJon
Oct 15, 2001 12:00 PM
Thanks for the report. It gives the rest of us a feel for the event. You lucky dog you!