1998 Grundig-UCI World Cup
- Pictures of Women and
March 28, 1998, Napa, CA
- Alison Sydor reversed the roles
of dominance in women's Grundig-UCI World Cup
- racing at this season's opener in Napa, California, March 28.
- Cannondale rider got around Caroline Alexander, who led on the
- to lead into the course's initial single track, coming before
a steep uphill.
- "My advantage is certainly on the descents, and I made an
effort to lead on
- the first descent," said Sydor. She got away from Paola Pezzo
(Gary Fisher) on
- the downhill, and third-placed Alison Dunlap (GT) got a gap on
- Alexander (Ritchey) there, as well. Sydor continued to build
on her lead until
- she was 2:07 ahead at the finish. Pezzo put up a strong
battle, but later said
- that her training is targeted to peak in mid-season and during
- championships, so she was not surprised at Sydor's
- Third-placed Dunlap was thrilled with her podium place in the
- opener, especially because she didn't lose any ground on the
- could increase her gap over Alexander on the climbs.
- The 20-mile women's race took place over four five-mile laps,
with 1040 feet
- of climbing per lap. The track, which was dusty last year, was
tamped down due
- to rain in earlier days and was fast and perfect for high
speeds on race day.
- The women's field was visibly tired on the fourth lap, with
some riders more
- exhausted than others. But as Sydor said, "When you're leading
- there's no pain at all. When you're leading you're going at
your race pace."
- With her victory at Napa (and Cactus Cup and Sea Otter), the
- champion looks set to put her stamp on this season after last
year was marred
- by a snowboarding injury. But whatever this season's outcome,
- ladies, Sydor, Pezzo and Dunlap, look ready to take on each
other in closer
- competition than the sport has seen in years.
March 29, 1998
Rune Hoydahl of Giant rode to
victory in the 100th Grundig-UCI race ever, the season opener in
Napa, California, March 29. He took over the lead early in the race,
passing Miguel Martinez of Sunn, no small feat in itself, and
expanding his gap on the downhill. Martinez said he let Hoydahl go
around him due to the former World Cup downhiller's superior
technical skills on descents.
- Behind Hoydahl and Martinez, Australia's Cadel Evans
- followed in third, only to lose time to a flat tire with
- to go in the six-lap race. Evans rose from 18th to sixth place
- flat, but the time he lost to the mechanical kept him out of
the top five.
- Sunn rider Christophe Herisset took over the third-place
position, only to
- lose it to Ritchey's Thomas Frischknecht with 1km to go in the
- don't want to play with Frischy," said the happy Ritchey rider
- definitive move in the 30-mile men's race.
- Hoydahl takes the series' lead now, with victory in the first
- Martinez takes the espoirs' jersey, as leader of the under-23
category in the
- World Cup.