PreviewThe World Cup winner for 1997-98, Dutchman Richard Groenendaal is the favourite to take out the Elite Men's World Cyclo Cross Championship which will be staged in the Danish town of Middlefart. The town is located on an island (Funen) where famous Danish writer and story-teller Hans Christian Andersen was born.
Richard Groenendaal has been second twice in the last 4 years Overshadowing the likelihood of Groenendaal's chances is the cloud created by the defending champion, 31-year old Italian Daniele Pontoni who has recently tested positive twice to cocaine and who is now the centre of a controversy. The UCI is likely to take action to stop Pontoni riding even though the Italian bodies have not been decisive as yet.
Without Pontoni, who hasn't been in particularly sharp form anyway, the race looks to be a two-person showdown between the Dutch kings of cyclo cross this season - the 26-year old Groenendaal and the 38-year old, 1996 World Champion Adri van der Poel. Interestingly, Adri van der Poel raced against Groenendaal's father, Reiner before he retired. Groenendaal has the form edge on the veteran Dutchman and if he wins on Sunday he will have taken out all the major Cross prizes in the season - he has already won the SuperPrestige Trophy and the World Cup.
Other contenders for the Championship include Italian Luca Bramati and the Dane, Henk Djernis. But to some extent these riders should be thankful that two Belgians are still in the U-23 category. In top form, Sven Nijs and Bart Wellens (current Belgian Champion) will battle out the younger division with Nijs seeking back-to-back titles.
In last year's Elite race it was Pontoni, Frischknecht, then Bramati. Bramati would also like to stand on the podium and are expected to give the Dutch pair a strong challenge. Djernis won the 1993 Elite race.
The circuit is 3.2 kms long and at the outset the riders face a tough climb of around 400 metres.
When the organisers arrived early this morning they had a serious problem to contend with. Part of the course had flooded during the night. That in itself should not have been a problem but combined with the temperature of minus 10 degrees (Celsius), it mean't that 150 metres of the course had now become an ice rink. They had to change the course and after some hectic work it was done. Changing the course was nothing new for them. Almost everyday since the arrival of the international commissaires there have had to been changes made. A particularly nasty little hill was omitted. It was too much in favor of the riders from Nation x. And so on went the trading!
But at 14.00 there was the usual silence. And then the whole bunch came up the asphalt road. In the lead was Italian Vandelli followed by Dutchman Nijland and 4 Belgian riders. Coming to the first technical descent the Italian was gone and all 62 riders was strung out in a single line after Nijland. When they came to the beach after 3 km the two Belgians Sven Nijs and Bart Wellens had managed to put 25 m between them and the followers. This was the first break in the race with the peloton being unable to keep up with the Belgian favourites. It was exciting to see their skilled bike handling. At the planks they didn’t get off their bike to run. They were the only riders in the field to jump them with their bikes. Unfortunately for Wellens he later tumbled and it was only Nijs that continued to jump. Nijs continued to push ahead and Wellens could not hold him. Nijs steadily expanded his lead to 30 seconds which he maintained until the end.
Behind him Wellens was never in danger of losing his second place. Already on the first lap the Czech Dlask had emerged as third with some 6-8 riders fighting about the next positions. Among them was the Dane Nielsen and the German Kupfernagel.
On the next 6 laps the excitiment was in fact not about the podium places. Nijs, Wellens and Dlask were secure but behind them the battle was furious. Kupfernagel was fighting hard and came up to fifth place before he suddenly blew and ended in 14th place. Already on the third lap the American Tim Johnson had come up to the 9th place and he bravely defended that. The challenge of the day came from the very strong Frenchman Benoist who came thundering by everybody the last three laps and ended in 5th place. Nielsen could barely hold his 4th place some 5 metres ahead of him.
Except on the last lap there seemed to be an Anglo-American gathering riding the race "together". The Brit Taylor was 1½ minute ahead of the other British riders Bell, Curtis and Young was just next to the second American Krause. On the last lap Taylor was tired and the lead he had on his confreres shrunk to only 1 minute. Bell had managed to shake the others off and had a lead of ½ minute to Krause. Krause had also established a lead of ½ minut over Curtis and Young.
Canadian Asseer was another story. Already at the first lap he was 400 m behind the leaders and as the only rider he was taken out of the race after been overtaken with one round by Nijs. There was never any doubt that the Belgian riders were in a class by themselves. Compared to the ranking of the world cup, the results were disappointing for the French.
I was standing before the sand some 300 m before the finish so the placing might in a few cases be one of. The seconds I measured is my estimate. Please bare with me if there are mistakes. But it was freezing cold, my fingers were hurting and my dog was tired.
[Bill notes: results are now complete and correct]
Nijs was reported after the race as saying: "I saw Wellens was taking it easy on the hill so I took a chance and attacked. Throughout the race I went as fast as I could if only to stay warm in the sub-zero temperature."
Race distance - 22.4 kms:
1. Nijs, Sven BEL 52.14 2. Wellens, Bart BEL 0.24 3. Dlask, Petr CZE 0.29 4. Nielsen, Klaus DEN 0.45 5. Benoist, Guillaume FRA 0.47 6. Prosek, Pawel CZE 0.59 7. Nijland, Maarten NED 1.08 8. Lubberman, Raymond NED 1.10 9. Dall'oste, Fabrizio ITA 1.12 10. Johnson, Tim USA 1.12 11. Rondelez, Björn BEL 1.22 12. Volckaerts, Kipcho BEL 1.25 13. Schmitz, Bram NED 1.28 14. Kupfernagel, Stefan GER 1.35 15. David, Gianni BEL 2.01 16. Kaufka, Damian POL 2.04 17. Derepas, David FRA 2.08 18. Bünter, Stefan SUI 2.16 19. Weigold, Steffen GER 2.19 20. Barnechow, Christian DEN 2.19 21. Lohse, René DEN 2.23 22. Vandelli, Valeriano ITA 2.39 23. Peter, Roman SUI 2.56 24. Mlynar, Zdenek CZE 3.02 25. Martinez, Miguel FRA 3.05 25. Novy, Petr CZE 3.09 27. Gadret, John FRA 3.12 27. Artetxe Guzuraga, Mikel ESP 3.22 29. Bonne, Thomas DEN 3.24 30. Pereiro Sio, Oscar ESP 3.32 31. Cubello, Angelo ITA 3.32 31. Tavella, Igor ITA 3.44 31. Van Loon, Paul BEL 3.44 34. Kovac, Moras SVK 3.44 35. Bodnar, Grzegorz POL 3.49 36. Reuker, Jens GER 3.49 37. Trafelet, Christian SUI 3.55 38. Morf, Beat SUI 3.58 39. Wasmer, Christian GER 3.58 40. Van Bussel, Pascal NED 4.07 41. Van Gils, Wilant NED 4.44 42. Dieudonne, Nicolas FRA 4.44 43. Rusch, David SUI 4.55 44. Armada Fentanes, Manuel ESP 5.01 45. Taylor, James GBR 5.03 46. Zanke, Florian GER 5.03 47. Carlsen, Allan DEN 5.08 48. Zanetti, Igor ITA 5.34 49. Cierpikowski, Pawel POL 5.34 50. Martinez, Ivan ESP 5.52 51. Bell, David GBR 5.55 52. Medved, Pavol SVK 6.17 53. Krause, Adam USA 6.39 54. Young, Robert GBR 7.02 55. Curtis, Brian GBR 7.02 56. Kodaira, Yukinaga JPN 7.14 57. Schwinninger, Joel LUX 7.24 58. Kaarlampi, Erik FIN 7.48 59. Suzuki, Yuichi JPN 8.44 DNF - Asseer, Rudi CAN DNF - Ordorkika Jayo, Arkaitz ESP DNF - Evans, Philip GBR DNF - Fogen, Steve LUX
1. BAUMGARTNER Michael SUI 38.56 2. TOFFOLETTI Stefano ITA 0.03 3. COMMEYNE Davy BEL 0.03 4. OCASEK Martin CZE 0.05 5. VANTHOURENHOUT Sven BEL 0.09 6. SCHRÖDER Björn GER 0.09 7. SCHÜLER Tilo GER 0.16 8. TRUNSCHKA Tomas CZE 0.16 9. BARTOS Pavel CZE 0.16 10. RAST Grégory SUI 0.16 11. KELLY Matt USA 0.20 12. VAN NUFFEL Tim BEL 0.20 13. DENHEZ Romain FRA 0.30 14. DE JONG Freek NED 0.30 15. BOUCHER David FRA 0.30 16. KÄSS Jochen GER 0.35 17. BOOTH Daniel GBR 0.35 18. REICHEL Dirk GER 0.58 19. PETERSEN Kim DEN 0.58 20. KOMON Jaroslav CZE 1.05 21. GIERCZAK Bartlomiej POL 1.11 22. MURDZA Krzysztof POL 1.18 23. FORNALLAZ Pascal SUI 1.21 24. MORLEY Tim GBR 1.25 25. BERTAUT Julien FRA 1.27 26. LOSTUZZO Matteo ITA 1.30 27. LOOHUIS Mathijs NED 1.30 28. BAUSCH Gusti LUX 1.33 29. BARANOWSKI Przemyslaw POL 1.43 30. BOLOGNIN Federico ITA 1.55 31. BUNNING Wouter NED 1.58 32. ANDERSEN Peter Riis DEN 2.00 33. MASA Pavel CZE 2.07 34. ROBINSON Matthew GBR 2.11 35. BETZ Jens-Oliver GER 2.14 36. DZIUK Adam POL 2.14 37. DIXON Phillip GBR 2.19 38. MAHON Narayan USA 2.19 39. SCHOOS Kim LUX 2.29 40. N?GELIN Stefan SUI 2.29 41. SIGALET Marc ESP 2.38 42. TAYLOR Russel GBR 2.45 43. MARTIN Nicolas FRA 2.53 44. STAJSKAL Branislav SVK 3.00 45. NUNEZ BORDE Aitor ESP 3.07 46. ZOVCAK Marian SVK 3.17 47. SIMORA Peter SVK 3.21 48. BASTIAN Marc LUX 3.52 49. STARCHYK Andrei UKR 4.16 50. RUSNAK Erik SVK 4.28 51. MAJERUS Paul LUX 4.35 52. SALA PIN Raul ESP 4.50 53. JACOBS Wim BEL 4.57 54. CASE Francesco ITA 5.14 55. PAUWELS Tim BEL 5.20 56. BERAUD Jean-Baptiste FRA 6.09 57. OROS Adrian ROM 7.13 58. ORTIZ TOLARETXIPI Haitz ESP 8.06 59. TROYAN Aleksandr UKR 8.17 DNF HEIGL Ronald SUI DNF VAN DEN BRAND Mathieu NED DNF VERHAGEN Thijs NED DNF FARINA Emiliano ITA DNF MAYOC Ivan ESP
The defending champion Italian Daniele Pontoni and the Belgian Danny De Bie have been given the green light to start. The extra urine tests which both riders were ordered to undergo have been returned as negative.
Although earlier reports indicated that the UCI performed 60 EPO tests but didn't test the Dutch team, it is now confirmed that both Adri van der Poel and Richard Groenendaal were tested.
The early weather report is - at 7.00 in the morning it is cold. It is still minus 6 degrees where Finn lives but Middelfart is by the sea and it might be a couple of degrees warmer. The forecast is sun until noon and then overcast. The temperature is estimated to be between minus 4 and zero. Like yesterday that should give a fast and very rideable course.
Elite Men's Field
No. Rider Nation Age 1. Daniele Pontoni Italy 32 2. Luca Bramati Italy 30 3. Davide Bertoni Italy 31 4. Gabriele Bilato Italy 30 8. Massimo Sargenti Italy 31 9. Fausto Scotti Italy 32 10. Patrick Blum Switzerland 24 14. Dieter Runkel Switzerland 32 15. Roland Schätti Switzerland 27 16. Thomas Steiger Switzerland 25 17. Beat Wabel Switzerland 31 18. Erik Boezewinkel Netherlands 26 21. Gerben De Knegt Netherlands 23 22. Gretenius Gommers Netherlands 23 23. Richard Groenendaal Netherlands 27 24. Adrie van der Poel Netherlands 38 28. Danny De Bie Belgium 38 29. Mario De Clercq Belgium 32 30. Marc Janssens Belgium 30 32. Peter Van Santvliet Belgium 29 33. Erwin Wervecken Belgium 26 34. Jörg Arenz Germany 31 35. Tobias Nestle Germany 23 37. Malte Urban Germany 24 38. Dominique Arnould France 32 39. Jerôme Chiotti France 26 40. Emmanuel Magnien France 27 41. Christophe Mengin France 30 44. Stuart Blunt GB 25 45. Barrie Clark GB 32 47. Steve Knight GB 31 49. Martin Seddon GB 27 50. Peter Stevenson GB 39 51. Masanori Kosaka Japan 35 52. Toshiaki Matsui Japan 23 53. Shinobu Noguchi Japan 25 54. Nahoide Ota Japan 28 55. Thomas Clark USA 35 56. Marc Gullikson USA 30 57. Dale Knapp USA 34 58. Frank McCormack USA 29 59. Mark McCormack USA 28 60. Robert Glajza Slovakia 27 62. Kamil Ausbuher Czech 23 63. Tomas Cabla Czech 24 65. Ondrey Lukes Czech 25 66. Jiri Pospisil Czech 25 67. Radomir Simunek Czech 36 68. Pascal Triebel Luxemburg 32 69. Inaki Cendrero Iraola Spain 32 70. Francisco José Pla Garcia Spain 31 71. David Seco Amundarain Spain 25 72. Antonio Suarez Fernandez Spain 25 74. Unai Emilio Yus Quereteta Spain 24 75. Fernando Corvalan Chile 31 76. Henrik Djernis Denmark 32 77. Michael Joergensen Denmark 30 78. Thomas Nörup Denmark 27 79. Jan Ostergaard Denmark 37 80. Michael Rasmussen Denmark 24 81. Mathias Karlsson Sweden 25 82. Paul Spadaccini Canada 23 83. Peter Wedge Canada 26 84. Chris Westwood Canada 28 85. Dietmar Stari Austria 27 87. Dimitri Borisov Ukraine 24 90. Taccusz Korzeniewski Poland 29 91. Pasi Willman Finland 29 68 riders in total. Thanks to Roberto from Eurosport
Complete Final Results
1. DE CLERCQ Mario BEL 1.04.06 2. VERVECKEN Erwin BEL 1.04 3. DJERNIS Henrik DEN 1.07 4. PONTONI Daniele ITA 1.07 5. SIMUNEK Radomir CZE 1.19 6. MAGNIEN Emmanuel FRA 1.23 7. RUNKEL Dieter SUI 1.55 8. MENGIN Christophe FRA 2.17 9. GROENENDAAL Richard NED 2.28 10. WABEL Beat SUI 2.31 11. JANSSENS Marc BEL 2.40 12. DE BIE Danny BEL 3.02 13. ARNOULD Dominique FRA 3.29 14. CHIOTTI Jérôme FRA 3.29 15. BRAMATI Luca ITA 3.29 16. AUSBUHER Kamil CZE 3.35 17. SUAREZ FERNANDEZ Antonio ESP 3.44 18. JOERGENSEN Michael DEN 3.44 19. URBAN Malte GER 3.49 20. NESTLE Tobias GER 3.51 21. DE KNEGT Gerben NED 3.53 22. KORZENIEWSKI Tadeusz POL 3.55 23. STEIGER Thomas SUI 3.59 24. ARENZ Jörg GER 4.27 25. VAN DER POEL Adrie NED 4.30 26. POSPISIL Jiri CZE 4.36 27. CABLA Tomas CZE 4.41 28. RASMUSSEN Michael DEN 4.45 29. GULLIKSON Marc USA 4.49 30. KNIGHT Steve GBR 4.55 31. GLAJZA Robert SVK 4.56 32. NORUP Thomas DEN 5.00 33. WEDGE Peter CAN 5.13 34. LUKES Ondrej CZE 5.23 35. OSTERGAARD Jan DEN 5.24 36. BLUM Patrick SUI 5.29 37. CLARKE Barrie GBR 5.34 38. SECO AMUNDARAIN Honorio ESP 5.59 39. MCCORMACK Frank USA 6.15 40. PLA GARCIA Francisco José ESP 6.25 41. BERTONI Davide ITA 6.51 42. MCCORMACK Mark USA 6.53 43. KOSAKA Masanori JPN 6.55 44. SARGENTI Massimo ITA 7.20 45. KNAPP Dale USA 8.25 46. STEVENSON Peter GBR -1 Lap 47. CENDRERO IRAOLA Inaki ESP -1 Lap 48. GOMMERS Gretenius NED -1 Lap 49. BLUNT Stuart GBR -1 Lap DNF BILATO Gabriele ITA DNF SCOTTI Fausto ITA DNF SCHÄTTI Roland SUI DNF BOEZEWINKEL Erik NED DNF VAN SANTVLIET Peter BEL DNF SEDDON Martin GBR DNF MATSUI Toshiaki JPN DNF NOGUCHI Shinobu JPN DNF OTA Naohide JPN
Lap by LapAfter lap 1:
A group of 14 (De Bie, Bramati, Mengin, Groenendaal, De Clercq, Arenz, Djernis, Joergensen, Verrecken, Pontoni, Simunek but excludes Van der Poel)
Time 7.12" (27.500 kph)
After lap 2:
1. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 14.12 (27.464 kph) 2. Mario de Clerq (Bel) s.t. 3. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 0.04 4. Henrik Djernis (Den) 0.05 5. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 0.11 6. Christophe Mengin (Fra) 0.11 7. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 0.11 ... Peter Van Sandvliet (Bel) 0.25 Dany De Bie (Bel) 0.30 Adri van der Poel (Ned) 0.53
After lap 3:
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 21.07 (27.561 kph) 2. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 0.17 3. Henrik Djernis (Den) 0.17 4. Christophe Mengin (Fra) 0.17 5. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 0.20 6. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 0.22 7. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 0.22 ... 23. Adri van der Poel (Ned) 1.20
After lap 4:
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 28.08 (27.511 kph) 2. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 0.37 3. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 0.37 4. Christophe Mengin (Fra) 0.37 5. Henrik Djernis (Den) 0.37 6. Radomir Simunek (Cze) 0.37 7. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 0.37 8. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 0.37 ... Adri van der Poel (Ned) 2.00
After lap 5:
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 35.15 (27.404 kph) 2. Henrik Djernis (Den) 0.43 3. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 0.43 4. Radomir Simunek (Cze) 0.43 5. Christophe Mengin (Fra) 0.43
After lap 6:
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 42.22 (27.332 kph) 2. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 1.05 3. Radomir Simunek (Cze) 1.05 4. Henrik Djernis (Den) 1.05 5. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 1.05 6. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 1.05 7. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 8. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra)
After lap 7:
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 49.29 (27.281 kph) 2. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 1.05 3. Henrik Djernis (Den) 1.05 4. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 1.05 5. Radomir Simunek (Cze) 1.17 * * He fell in last corner of circuit
After lap 8 (penultimate lap):
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 56.43 (27.187) 2. Radomir Simunek (Cze) 1.21 3. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 1.21 4. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 1.21 5. Henrik Djernis (Den) 1.21 6. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) 1.30 7. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 1.46 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 2.15 Adri van der Poel (Ned) 3.55
At the Finishing Line:
1. Mario de Clercq (Bel) 1.04.06 (27.051 kph) 2. Erwin Vervecken (Bel) 1.04 3. Henrik Djernis (Den) 1.07 4. Daniele Pontoni (Ita) 1.07 * 5. Radomir Simunek (Cze) 1.19 6. Emmanuel Magnien (Fra) 1.23 7. Dieter Runkel (Swi) 1.55 8. Christophe Mengin (Fra) 2.17 9. Richard Groenendaal (Ned) 2.28 10. Beat Wabel (Swi) 2.31 11. Marc Janssens (Bel) 2.40 12. Danny De Bie (Bel) 3.02 ... 23. Adri van der Poel (Ned) 4.30 * Pontoni fell on the finishline
From On the Spot Reporter - Finn JorraldMuch to my surprise there was a rider from Chile participating. His name was Fernando Corvalan. On the fourth round he was the first to be overtaken by De Clercq. I am not claiming that I could have done it better than Fernando. But it came to no surprise to me when I learned that Fernando lives and has lived for many years in Silkeborg here in Denmark. He took the chance and asked in Chile and the accepted his participation because there was no cost for them involved.
By the way it was announced that the Italian Cycling Federation has paid 160.000 CHF (more or less equal to $US100,000) as penalty for Pontoni or because of their handling of the doping case.
And now to the race. This was not my day nor a day for the Dutch. Because of "Murphy: I almost missed the race and unlike yesterday I was unable to follow everything that went on. As for the Dutch, Groenendal fought but on the fast forzen track it was surely not his day. As the pack started up the asphalt already at the first running there was a group of 15-16 riders that got a lead to the next group. It consisted among others of Pontoni, Bramati, Runkel, Groenendal, De Clercq, De Bie, Van Santvliet, Vervecken, Arenz, Urban, Simunek, Djernis and Rasmussen.
And that was in fact more or less that race.
On the second lap De Clercq pushed away and Pontoni could not hold him. From that moment on De Clercq didn’t look back and ended up with gold and a one minute lead. But behind him things were getting exciting. A group consisting of Pontoni, Djernis, Runkel, Groenendal, Simunek and Belgian Vervecken could not decide on who should take the initiative. In my mind only Pontoni and Djernis tried something but everytime they had Vervecken sitting on their rear wheel.
Already on the beginning of lap three it was clear that Groenendaal and Runkel were not up to it today. Every time Pontoni or Djernis tried to pull away they fell behind and had to fight hard to get back. Already the favorite was out of the race for the medals. Van der Poel was more than a minute after De Clercq and was gone.
For the next several laps it was the same picture. Beatutiful Belgian team tactics were a feature. Djernis tried to pull away. Vervecken pulled it back while Groenendaal and Runkel struggled. Pontoni tried to pull away. Vervecken pulled it back while Groenendal and Runkel struggled. Just behind Vervecken there was always a shadow. The Czech Simunik had very early realised that the gold medal was gone so he was only in it for the silver and did nothing except to follow Vervecken.
So the final lap came and Vervecken started to work for himself. Simunek was able to hang while Pontoni and Djernis look tired and couldn’t hold on. Coming out of the forest Vervecken was alone. Next to come was Djernis. He was so delighted about his bronze that he almost didn’t take notice of Pontoni who was rocketing from behind. Passing the line he fell and it must have been bitter to look up at a smiling Djernis who was half a meter ahead of him. Fourth out of the forest (in the group) came Simunek (5th overall). Just before coming out of the woods his chain had fallen of and while he struggled to put it on again he was passed by both Djernis and Pontoni.
PhotosBrent Soderberg tells me that for those who missed the live coverage of the World Cyclo Cross Championships on EuroSport, I have archived images from the TV coverage in the USA - the site: http://www.bikeride.com/crossworlds98/.
From Neil StoreyMagnificent win by Mario de Clercq (happy Palmans team!) - he took over a minute out of the chasing group of 8 which gradually whittled itself down to 6 then 4. Course looked bone-hard, very cold - with reports of it being minus 10. Yikes! Pretty technical, very sandy but frozen so very ridable. Fair start uphill on the road section with the Dutch to the fore (bar Van der Poel who was reported as having crashed in training on Friday). Second and third laps it whittled down to approx a twelve man group with De Clercq reasonably active. At the end of lap 3 he was away and never headed. Simunek crashed on the final corner on the bell lap, but worked his way back to the Djernis group within about a kilometre. Magnien nearly got back on too with a late charge after being active early on but the chase group of four split finally on the last 500 metres with the second Belgian (who'd basically sat in and on the wheel) taking 2nd easily with Djernis third by a whisker from Pontoni who - on throwing his bike at the line - skidded and fell. He (Pontoni) looked both well beaten and well fed up and virtually in tears on camera. First interview De Clerk gave was in English (amazingly). Brits failed (as usual) with Peter Stevenson the first to be lapped (two from home) and second British rider which I couldn't identify suffering the same plight on the last lap.