2009/04/27

Picture of the day



During the men's World Cup race in Offenburg last sunday... Julien Absalon did his thing and won his 18th World Cup, breaking the venerable Frishi's 17 wins record. Race notes, Kabush was again the best North American in 9th, Sauser crashed and broke his frame, XX brakes and rear wheel (that's quite a crash), Roel and Fontana came in 7th and 8th and José didn't finish...

In the women's race, Ren Chengyuan reminded us that even with the Beijing Olympics behind, the Chinese are still into the sport. She won with impressive strength. It was also Marie-Hélène Prémont's first race of the year and starting from way back, finished 14th, the worst placing from her in years. Young canadian Emily Batty impressed many by taking her make-up and beads to a 10th place and the U23 win. Next week, round three in Houffalize...

3 comments:

Madskatingcow said...

Sauser didn't brake his frame, but both brakes off his handle bar (the new Avid / SRAM XX ones).

He said it live on the broadcast of the event on http://www.freecaster.tv, and also in his blog : http://sauserwind.com/diary.asp

"My race was very disappointing. I could not finish!
With two laps to go, I crashed out in second position, and broke both brakes off my handle bar."

Dan Gerous said...

I stand corrected, many reports were talking about his frame...

Dan Gerous said...

Latest report from Canadiancyclist.com:

It does need to be noted that Sauser snapped one of the levers off last week in his race-ending crash at Offenburg. We can now also definitively state what happened to Sauser's bike in the crash (there were various versions floating around from officials and the team in the confusion during the race) - he broke off the left brake lever, damaged his frame and destroyed his rear wheel.I'm guessing Specialized wanted to keep it down low...