Zurich WC: Frigo Flies, Bettini Takes WC Lead
Tacconi Sports’ Dario Frigo (Ita) won today’s Championship of Zurich – or 89th Meisterschaft von Zьrich if you’re Swiss- after a brilliant solo attack on the final climb of the day. It was the 8th round of the World Cup, which now has a new leader in Paolo Bettini (Mapei) who grabbed second from star studded bunch sprint that included Lance Armstrong in 3rd place. Frigo has been having a good season, figuring in the Giro, The Tour, and showing his real class today.
Johan Museeuw, leader of the World Cup coming into this event, withdrew from the race at the first feed zone (for reasons unknown at press time), but was under serious threat from Bettini, who needed to place second or higher to take over the series leader’s jersey. Both Museeuw (91 & 95) and Bettini (2001) have won here before, on a hilly route that runs through beautiful Swiss countryside around lake Zurich – or if you’re Swiss – the Zurichsee.
The bunch will take a break from World Cup action to make way for the Vuelta before lining up next for Paris-Tours on Oct 6th.
Results: World Cup Round 8
1. Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport 5.56.53
2. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 1.07
3. Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal Service
4. Massimiliano Gentili (Ita) Acqua e Sapone
5. Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC-Tiscali
6. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
7. Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
8. Oscar Camenzind (Swi) Phonak
9. Ivan Basso (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
10. Laurent Dufaux (Swi) Alessio
Results: World Cup Overall
1. Paolo Bettini (Ita) Mapei-Quick Step 272 pts
2. Johan Museeuw (Bel) Domo-Farm Frites 270
3. Igor Astarloa (Spa) Saeco-Longoni Sport 152
4. Michele Bartoli (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 142
5. Dario Frigo (Ita) Tacconi Sport 136