Under 23 Men - Final Story

Posted by Editor on 9/18/98.

Miguel Martinez made it three for three for France today, by dominating the Under 23 Mens race in the final laps. After a blazing fast start, the two top riders in the World Cup took their place at the front. Cadel Evans (AUS) and Miguel Martinez (FRA) rode away from the field, and it was expected to come down to a battle between the two. However, the Worlds is a special event, and unexpected things can happen, as was the case today, when Evans died in a major way during the last lap, eventually ending up fourth.

I tried to put the pressure on Miguel - it was all or nothing. But it took to much out of me, I guess I didnt ride the right race today. said Evans immediately after finishing. Martinez effectively agreed with him, stating: I watched Cadel riding, and when he made his attack (on the fourth lap) and could not get away, I knew that I was stronger today.

Switzerland and Belgium were the biggest beneficiaries of Evans collapse, with Christophe Sauser jumping into second for Switzerland, and Roel Paulissen third for Belgium. Sauser said: It was a big surprise! I heard that Cadel was only 30 seconds in front, so I went harder, and then I caught him. I had not thought of achieving silver in this race.

Seamus McGrath was the top Canadian finisher, slipping a few spots in the last few kilometres, but still taking an excellent 9th place. I just tried to stay with the front guys all race, but I just didnt have that last little kick. This was pretty much the race I wanted to run - there is no holding back in this race. The second Canadian finisher was Mathieu Toulouse in 25th place - a very popular local rider - with Geoff Kabush the third Canadian in 29th position. Neil Grover was just behind in 32nd.

Full results will be posted as soon as they become available.

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