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Martinez wins gold, Beckinsale 1st Brit

A shock result in the Mens Olympic XC race, with Cadel Evans,
the hot favourite (for the crowds at least) NOT winning!



That honour went to Miguel Martinez, who crossed the line over a minute ahead of
Belgium’s Filip Meirhaeghe in second, with Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser in third.Evans
could only manage 4th.



UK riders had a shock result, if only that Oli Beckinsale beat Nick Craig by a good
margin. With the huge success our WCPP team have had on the track, comparisons are
enevitable, and it would seem at first glance that our XC riders are simply not in
the same league as the rest of the world. Time to editorialise is later, when I’ve
had me breakfast, but let’s think about this for a minute, then have an arguement
in the forum.



Clearly the WCPP training methods can work – Queally and Co. have been being dragged
into work at 5am to do laps around the velodrome with their coach.



Clearly also, UK MTBers can cut it abroad – it’s just currently only in Downhill
that they seem to be able to do this.



XC training and racing for UK riders needs a kick up the arse. There’s no point in
blaming bad luck – as my great mate and father-figure John North says – You make
your own luck
.



Discuss…





Race Report:-
http://www.olympics.com/eng/sports/CM/CMM021/home.html



Ful Results :-
http://www.olympics.com/eng/sports/CM/CMM021/result_CMM0211uu.html

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