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89th Meisterschaft von Zürich -Championnat de Zurich - CDM

Switzerland, August 18, 2002

Results    Live report    World Cup standings

Frigo flies to first World Cup Win In Zürich

Bettini takes command of World Cup overall

By Tim Maloney, European editor

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The podium
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Dario Frigo is a rider who doesn't like hot weather. Last weekend in the cool and rainy Basque Country of Spain, Frigo was 5th in the Clasica San Sebastian and won Subida Urkiola the next day. Today, despite a warm late summer Sunday, the blond Italian from Milano turned up the heat on his adversaries with a massive attack on the final climb of the Pfannenstiel with 20km to race and soloed to his first-ever World Cup win.

"Last week in San Sebastian, I was in good form and today, despite the heat, my legs were good and I just gave it my all in the final. With all the top riders here today, I tried to ride my best today and I did it."

The delighted Frigo took his 6th win of the '02 season and 15th overall career victory, 1'07" ahead of runner-up Paolo Bettini, who took over the lead in the World Cup, just 2 points ahead of Belgian powerhouse Johan Museeuw, who abandoned after 150 km today.

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New World Cup leader
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Bettini, too, was delighted with how his race went today, even if he was only runner-up after winning last year in Zürich. "Sure I wanted to win again, but the main objective today was to get (World Cup) points, said Bettini. "Frigo was really strong today and deserved to win. I was happy to be up front, especially since (key World Cup adversaries) Museeuw and Astarloa were not with the front group. (Mapei team-mates) Freire and Cañada helped me a lot today; I was trying to just stay in the front group and Freire brought me to the front at the right time. When the team rides this well, things can only go well."

Bettini now has a slim 2 point lead on Museeuw, with two races remaining in the 2003 World Cup, October's Paris-Tours and Giro di Lombardia.

Just a bike length behind Bettini was four time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong (USPS), who had better legs today than last week in San Sebastian and surprisingly sprinted to a 3rd place podium spot and into 13th overall in the World Cup standings.

"Today was a tough race," said the Texan in a post-race interview. "It wasn't easy to find the right place to attack. It's been a long time since I was in a sprint, even for 2nd place and I'm happy I beat some other riders."

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Lance Armstrong
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Armstrong, runner-up at Zürich a decade ago, will next ride the GP Eddy Merckx next weekend, a two man TT in Brussels with team-mate Floyd Landis, then head back to Austin, Texas before riding his last race of the season in the San Francisco GP on September 15th.

Landis didn't finish today's Zürich race, abandoning with one lap to go, but the American was satisfied nonetheless. "It was a hard race today; hot and hilly. We did our job to get Lance into the right position so I'm happy that he was on the podium."

Italian TV's Davide Cassani reported during the Zürich race that following a conversation with the American star, Armstrong said would not ride the Giro d'Italia in 2003, but would concentrate on the Tour De France and World Championships in Hamilton, Ontario. However, Armstrong left the door open for a participation in the 2004 Giro d'Italia, according to Cassani.

How it unfolded

Today's 236.6km Championship of Zürich was presented by an American sponsor, Houston's BMC Software. Despite unpaid prize money from last year's edition and a threatened boycott, the Swiss round of the World Cup managed to get underway late this morning. After a slowish start, a big early break of 13 riders got away after 90km, including Americans Levi Leipheimer (Rabobank), Bobby Julich and Kevin Livingston (Telekom) and Belgians Serge Baguet (Lotto) and Dave Bruylandts (Domo). This group got a maximum lead of 1'30", but Italian teams Mapei, Fassa Bortolo and Saeco were not letting anything gain major time today and the break came back with 85km to go.

However as the break was getting clear, a split in the peloton on the second lap saw World Cup leader Johan Museeuw (Domo) in the back group, along with 3rd in the World Cup Igor Astarloa. That was the last they would see of the front group, and they both subsequently abandoned.

An in-form Carlos Sastre (CSC-Tiscali) made a counter move on the penultimate climb up the Forch ascent and was joined by Rebellin watchdog Gianni Faresin (Gerolsteiner), Francesco Lara (Coast), Eddy Ratti (Mapei), Kim Kirchen (Fassa Bortolo) and Bertoletti (Lampre). With 65km left and still two climbs up the 3km Pfannenstiel ascent remaining, the break only had 30" over the Saeco led peloton, which had been reduced to 60 riders from the heat and hard pace.

Sastre dumped the break on the last 2km up but his move backfired as the Saeco-led chase brought the race together on the long descent through deserted, bucolic farmland above Zürichsee. A major bagarre on the descent to start the final lap was fuelled by the sharp rivalry between Mapei and Fassa Bortolo today, as Saeco seemed to have used their key guys up bringing back the Sastre move.

With one 41km lap to race through the start/finish line along the lakefront in Zürich, Michele Bartoli (Fassa Bortolo) attacked along the lakefront and was joined by Mapei's young Spanish talent David Cañada. Bartoli is on the comeback trail, and how. After breaking his ankle on Stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia in Munster, Germany three months ago, Bartoli spent a month and a half off the bike in May and June, but even though the Pisano only has 2000km in his legs, he is still feeling his oats.

Two other riders came across to Bartoli and Cañada and on the final time up the Forch climb with 36km to race, the peloton were 1'20" behind a quartet consisting of Bartoli, Cañada, Paolo Valoti (Index-Alexia) and Juan Antonio Flecha (iBanesto). The impatient Bartoli had gone ahead to either win the race, but more likely, set the stage for team-mate Ivan Basso. Suddenly Bartoli either cracked or had a mechanical on the final stages of the Forch ascent and was dropped, getting back on over the top of the climb.

With 33km to go, the lead quartet had 1'30" but the remains of the peloton were stirring. Clad in his distinctive red Swiss champion's jersey, Alexandre Moos (Phonak) rode hard tempo on the front of the chase for his team leader, Oscar Camenzind. The former postman from Gersau, '98 World Champ, was raging, looking for a big win in front of the home crowd.

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Frigo attacks
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With 25 km, Gerolsteiner's hard man Faresin joined the chase with Alessio's Andrea Ferrigato, riding hard for Laurent Dufaux, 2000 winner at Zürich. The gap was halved to 43" and with the final ascent of Pfannenstiel looming and Bartoli fading up front, the break was in big trouble. At the left hand turn up the tiny farm road up the Pfannenstiel climb, the gap was only 15" with 22km left. Ivanov (Fassa Bortolo) quickly bridged up to the remnants of the break as his team-mate Bartoli faded for good, but it was just the wrong move at the wrong time.

The break was absorbed halfway up the climb and with 1 km left on the 3 km final ascension, the close-cropped blond head of Dario Frigo attacked up the left side of the road off of Davide Rebellin's wheel.

"I knew everything would be decided on the last lap. It was lucky we got to the bottom of the final climb and the break was so close," said Frigo. "I went as hard as I could in the final and if I was caught, at least I would have had a clear conscience that I gave it my all."

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Dario Frigo
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Frigo's powerful move was timed perfectly and he pounded over the summit of the Pfannenstiel with 15" on the fragmented chase, led by Ivan Basso.

Frigo's power-packed final surge up the last 800m. of the Pfannenstiel was the definitive race winning move today, as the Tacconi man is the current Italian TT champ; simply uncatchable by the chasers with mostly downhill and lakeside 14 km remaining. Frigo took the solo win ahead of "Grillo" Bettini, who sprinted into the lead in the World Cup classification today. Now Frigo will ride the main Italian races until the season end, when the Tacconi rider will ride the World Cup final in the Giro di Lombardia.


Photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Photos by AFP

Results - 236.6 km

1 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport                         5.56.54 (39.775 km/h)
2 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step                       1.06
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service
4 Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
5 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC Tiscali
6 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
8 Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
9 Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
10 Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio
11 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Fassa Bortolo
12 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
13 Paolo Valoti (Ita) Index Alexia                           1.25
14 Beat Zberg (Swi) Rabobank                                 1.34
15 Gianluca Bortolami (Ita) Tacconi Sport
16 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
17 Richard Virenque (Fra) Domo-Farm Frites
18 Marco Serpellini (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
19 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Rabobank
20 Dave Bruylandts (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
21 Simone Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
22 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
23 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Cofidis
24 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
25 Bobby Julich (USA) Team Telekom
26 Pierre Bourquenoud (Swi) Oktos-Saint-Quentin
27 Massimo Giunti (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
28 David Canada Gracia (Spa) Mapei-Quick Step
29 Michael Boogerd (Ned) Rabobank
30 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) iBanesto.com
31 Fernando Escartin Coti (Spa) Team Coast
32 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) Index Alexia                     4.17
33 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal Service
34 Francisco Javier Cerezo Perales (Spa) Team CSC Tiscali
35 Bo Hamburger (Den) Index Alexia
36 Andreď Kivilev (Kaz) Cofidis
37 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
38 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Alessio
39 Andrea Ferrigato (Ita) Alessio                            7.14
40 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
41 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
42 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Credit Agricole
43 Matthias Kessler (Ger) Team Telekom
44 José Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
45 Tom Stremersch (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
46 José Lara Ruiz Francisco (Spa) Team Coast
47 Kurt Van De Wouwer (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
48 Gianni Faresin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
49 Niki Aebersold (Swi) Team Coast                           7.17
50 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems              11.27
51 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo
52 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Tacconi Sport                      13.45
53 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner                       16.48
54 Benoît Salmon (Fra) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNS Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Eddy Ratti (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Cadel Evans (Aus) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Charles Wegelius (GBr) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Luca Paolini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step
DNF Udo Bölts (Ger) Team Telekom
DNF Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Team Telekom
DNF Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Telekom
DNF Kevin Livingston (USA) Team Telekom
DNF Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom
DNF Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Team Telekom
DNF Michael Barry (Can) US Postal Service
DNF Antonio Cruz (USA) US Postal Service
DNF Benoît Joachim (Lux) US Postal Service
DNF Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor) US Postal Service
DNF Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal Service
DNF Pavel Padrnos (Cze) US Postal Service
DNF Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Steven Kleynen (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Tomas Konecny (Cze) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Axel Merckx (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Piotr Wadecki (Pol) Domo-Farm Frites
DNF Aitor Garmendia Arbilla (Spa) Team Coast
DNF Mauro Gianetti (Swi) Team Coast
DNF Rolf Huser (Swi) Team Coast
DNF Raphael Schweda (Ger) Team Coast
DNF Alex Zuelle (Swi) Team Coast
DNF Wladimir Belli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
DNF Frédéric Bessy (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
DNF Christopher Jenner (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Anthony Morin (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
DNF Benoît Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
DNF Laurent Jalabert (Fra) Team CSC Tiscali
DNF Manuel Calvente Gorbas (Spa) Team CSC Tiscali
DNF Danny Jonasson (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
DNF Michael Rasmussen (Den) Team CSC Tiscali
DNF Martin Rittsel (Swe) Team CSC Tiscali
DNF Cristian Gasperoni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
DNF Claudio Astolfi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
DNF Lorenzo Cardellini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
DNF Filippo Simeoni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
DNF Michele Scarponi (Ita) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo
DNF Daniel Atienza Urendez (Spa) Cofidis
DNF Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Cofidis
DNF Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis
DNF Peter Farazijn (Bel) Cofidis
DNF Jean Michel Tessier (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Cédric Vasseur (Fra) Cofidis
DNF Lander Euba Ziarrusta (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Igor Flores Galarza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Aitor Silloniz Aresti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Joseba Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
DNF Andrea Brognara (Ita) Alessio
DNF Pietro Caucchioli (Ita) Alessio
DNF Ruslan Ivanov (Mda) Alessio
DNF Stefano Casagranda (Ita) Alessio
DNF Uwe Peschel (Ger) Gerolsteiner
DNF Tobias Steinhauser (Ger) Gerolsteiner
DNF Marcel Strauss (Swi) Gerolsteiner
DNF Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
DNF Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Gerolsteiner
DNF Mario Aerts (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Serge Baguet (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Kurt Van Lancker (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Ief Verbrugghe (Bel) Lotto-Adecco
DNF Alessandro Guerra (Ita) Index Alexia
DNF Damiano Giannini (Ita) Index Alexia
DNF Marco Magnani (Ita) Index Alexia
DNF Daniele Righi (Ita) Index Alexia
DNF Gianluca Valoti (Ita) Index Alexia
DNF Milan Kadlec (Cze) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Pavel Tonkov (Rus) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Massimo Codol (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Simone Bertoletti (Ita) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Maximilian Sciandri (GBr) Lampre-Daikin
DNF Reto Bergmann (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Roger Beuchat (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Matthias Buxhofer (Aut) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Daniel Schnider (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
DNF Marc Lotz (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank
DNF Erik Dekker (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank
DNF Jan Boven (Ned) Rabobank
DNF Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
DNF Mirko Celestino (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
DNF Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
DNF Alessio Galletti (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
DNF Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Saeco Macchine Per Caffe-Longoni Sport
DNF Massimo Donati (Ita) Tacconi Sport
DNF Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita) Tacconi Sport
DNF Peter Luttenberger (Aut) Tacconi Sport
DNF Pietro Zucconi (Swi) Tacconi Sport
DNF Patrick Calcagni (Swi) Tacconi Sport
DNF Dariusz Baranowski (Pol) iBanesto.com
DNF Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) iBanesto.com
DNF Denis Menchov (Rus) iBanesto.com
DNF Unai Osa Eizaguirre (Spa) iBanesto.com
DNF Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) iBanesto.com
DNF René Andrle (Cze) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Jan Hruska (Cze) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Isidro Nozal Vega (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) ONCE-Eroski
DNF Vincent Bader (Swi) Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Sergeď Krushevskiy (Uzb) Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Frédéric Gabriel (Fra) Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Jean Nuttli (Swi) Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Roman Peter (Swi) Oktos-Saint-Quentin
DNF Christophe Rinero (Fra) Oktos-Saint-Quentin

Starters: 177
Classified: 54

World Cup standings after round 8

1 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step           272 pts
2 Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites           270
3 Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport        152
4 Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo            142
5 Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport                136
6 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal Service        124
7 Peter van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Adecco           121
8 Andrea Tafi (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step             109
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner             109
10 Laurent Jalabert (Fra) CSC-Tiscali            100

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