Sydor takes silver in Sydney tune-up
CANMORE (CP) -- Alison Sydor and Roland Green, both of Victoria, B.C., won silver and
bronze medals respectively yesterday in cross country races at the second last
stop on the World Cup mountain bike circuit.
In the women's 32.8 kilometre race, Swiss rider Barbara Blatter took the
gold for the second straight week to maintain her overall World Cup lead. She
clocked one hour and 55.42 seconds.
Sydor, one of Canada's top gold medal hopes for the Sydney Olympics,
finished 0:42 seconds back for her fourth medal this season. Alla Epifanova of
Russia was third 0:44 behind.
Chrissy Redden of Campbellville, Ont., who earned her first career World
Cup medal last weekend placing second at Mte-Ste-Anne, Que., was fourth, 1:33
behind the winner.
Redden credited her bike and her mechanics with her smooth finish.
"I was riding well today," Redden said. "I was fast, really smooth, so
there wasn't as much fatigue. I could push harder on the last lap."
With one race remaining, Blatter leads the standings with 1,215 points,
Alison Dunlap of the U.S., is second at 1,180 and Sydor, the defending overall
champion, jumped from fifth to third at 951. Redden is sixth at 630.
Australian Cadel Evans, the winner here in 1998, took the men's 41.8
kilometre race for a second straight World Cup gold. Bas Van Dooren of the
Netherlands was second while Green, a silver medallist at the world
championships last month, followed.
Evans and Van Dooren were neck and neck for much of the race before Evans
charged ahead and managed to hold off the competition.
"Today was perfect," said Green, 25, who is having a breakthrough season
and is favoured to make the Olympic team. "I started off a little slower
because I remembered last weekend, but I felt a lot better about this race."
Green was 11th at Mte-Ste-Anne. The Tim Hortons Mountain Bike Nationals and
Olympic trials are July 21-23 at Chelsea, Que., near Ottawa.
The eighth and final World Cup meet is September 2-3 in Lausanne,