Sydor finally makes it back to podium
SARENTINO, Italy (CP) -- Alison Sydor of Victoria rebounded from two disappointing results to
win the bronze medal yesterday in a women's World Cup mountain bike race.
Margarita Fullana of Spain won for the second time in three races with a
time of one hour 53 minutes 37 seconds over the 31-km course. The race
attracted about 14,000 spectators.
Barbara Blatter of Switzerland was second at 1:59:02.
Sydor, who grew up in Calgary, finished in 1:59:44 for her third medal in
five World Cup races this season.
Last week in Germany, Sydor didn't finish the race and the previous Sunday
in Plymouth, England, she was 11th.
"After a couple of bad weeks in a row, you wonder what's up," said Sydor.
"It was a tight battle for second spot and I thought I might catch Blatter in
the final descent. Today was hard but I'm happy."
In the overall standings after five of eight races, Alison Dunlap of the
U.S., fourth yesterday, remains first followed by Blatter, Australian Mary
Grigson, Fullana and then Sydor, the defending overall champion, in fifth.
In the men's 43.4-km race, Miguel Martinez of France earned his first win
this season in a time of 2:12:21, followed by Marco Bui of Italy in 2:12:55
and overall leader Christophe Dupouey of France in 2:14:28.
Roland Green of Victoria was the top Canadian in 22nd and is 16th overall.