|Meisterschaft von Zürich- Lance sprints||boneman|
Aug 18, 2002 11:31 AM
|Just finished watching the World Cup race on Eurosport. Museeuw abandoned so it was down to Bettini needing to finish at least second (for 70 points) in order to take the World Cup lead from Musseuw. Bartoli was very active throughout the race but still hasn't shown the consistent form last had in 1998.
Up the Pfannenstiel climb for the fourth and final time, Ivanov came up the the three man group with Bartoli, David Canada having been dropped. Ivanov then surged to the front, dropping Bartoli (Ferretti will have fun sorting this mess out for Fassa after the race). Then Dario Frigo surged to the front and quickly got a gap of about 20 seconds by the summit. Down the descent and into the long flat run in, Frigo just nailed it and won the race with class. He's come a long way since his suspension at last year's Giro. He's had seven victories this year including stages wins in this year's Paris-Nice, TDF, and overall in the Tour of Romandy.
The sprint included names such as Dufaux, Camenzind, Bartoli, as well as Bettini. The latter surged from the group to take second but who was coming up strong on the far left side? None other than Lance Armstrong. Another 20 metres and sprint for second result might have been different. The podium was all smiles. Frigo for the victory, Bettini for taking the lead in the World Cup, and Lance for finishing well in a long and testing race.