Father and Son Good Handicappers

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10/8/2003| 0 comments
by David Cohen

Father and Son Good Handicappers

David Cohen talks to two German fans.

An elderly man, draped in the German flag, stands on the other side of a wire barrier.  Beside him stands a younger man.  Inquiring, I determine they are father and son ? Kari Sanser and his father, Heinz. They are happy.

Shortly before I encounter them Bianca Knopfle of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
blasts the competition and takes the the Women?s Junior Time Trial in the Hamilton 2003 Road World Cycling Championships by nearly 17 seconds. 

?We?re happy and a little surprised,?   says Kari.  He translates for his father who does not speak any English.

He explains that they know Bianca; they live not far from Donaneschingen, a southern
town where Bianca lives.

The next race ? the men?s under 23 time trial ?  is already in progress. Who did they like?  ?Marcus Fothen? , Kari says without hesitation.  He explains that Fothen is European champion in the same category.  He is also a very good climber.  He smiles confidently.

Fothen has not yet started.  But sure enough, when he does, the times at various points in the course, are spectacular.  And stay that way. He romps home, nearly 19 seconds to the good.

What about the men?s elite road race on Sunday? I ask.  I say that I hear Bettini is a good bet.  They smile.  ?Zabel,? says Kari.  Really? ?Zabel?s here, isn?t he?? he answers.  ?He wouldn?t be if he didn?t think he could win.? <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

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