Blatter wins mountain bike world cup

World champion Barbara Blatter can now concentrate on her Olympic dreams. Keystone

Zurich's Barbara Blatter has become the first Swiss cyclist to win the mountain bike world cup. Blatter completed the feat on home soil, with a fifth-place finish in Lausanne enough to guarantee her the overall title.

This content was published on September 3, 2000

Blatter had effectively won the title before the race had even begun, following the withdrawal of her nearest rival, Alison Dunlap. The American said she was concentrating on her final preparations for this month's Olympic Games.

In the men's event, Switzerland's Thomas Frischknecht took second place in Lausanne and appears to be in good shape for Sydney. An Olympic silver medallist in Atlanta four years ago, Frischknecht was beaten on Sunday by Belgium's Filipp Meirhaeghe. France's Miguel Martinez won the men's overall title.

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