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Specialized MTB Team Dominates Sea Otter … Again

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Oct 20, 2009
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<p>Specialized-sponsored athletes Stander, Wells, Sauser, Byberg, and Rusch all over the podium in 2010 MTB races</p><p>
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For the second consecutive year, the Specialized Factory Team utterly dominated the podium at last weekend’s 2010 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. This year’s performance was even more impressive, as Specialized athletes proudly mounted the podium in all four of the Cross Country events and in Super D.</p><p>
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In arguably the country’s most prestigious cycling event, frequented by many of the world’s top riders, Burry Stander and Todd Wells won the Men’s XC and Short Track races respectively – both on Stumpjumper 29ers – and in both events, Specialized riders claimed three of the top four spots overall. On the women’s side, Lene Byberg continued her meteoric rise, placing second in XC and Short Track, while the venerable Rebecca Rusch nabbed second in Super D.</p><p>
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The Specialized team was well-represented throughout the event, with nearly the full complement of athletes competing in almost every race. Even legendary mountain biker Ned Overend took his shot, ironically competing in the Pro Road Race (where he took 14th, despite his slight seniority over the large field!). Defending Downhill champion Sam Hill was unfortunately unable to attend, as he is currently recovering from an injury. </p><p>
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<b>Men’s Cross Country</b></p><p>
1st, Burry Stander, S-Works Stumpjumper 29er</p><p>
3rd, Todd Wells, S-Works Stumpjumper 29er</p><p>
4th, Christoph Sauser Fermo, to see if we could catch up. I had a good race anyway, but it would have been nice to be there on the podium, but Lastras got away."</p><p>
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Danish team manager, Bjarne Riis agreed with Fuglsang.</p><p>
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"It was a really exciting race where we controlled the pace preparing the scene for Jakob," said Riis.</p><p>
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"He delivered a strong performance as the most aggressive in the chase group and he kept fighting all the way to the finish line. However, there is no doubt that Gilbert was untouchable today."</p><p>
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Fuglsang end his season by heading off in search of a warm shower and dry clothes.</p><p>
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"I am happy with the season and the way it has ended."</p><p>
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He ends with a win in the Tour of Denmark and at the national time trial championship, a third place at the Tour de Suisse and having play a part in Andy Schleck's second place at the Tour de France.</p>

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