At the Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt 1.1 men's race, last Sunday in Germany, which was held before the Women's World Cup final, T-Mobile's Ronny Scholz soloed to victory in a very impressive finish. Leading on his own or in a breakaway since kilometre 60, the Gerolsteiner rider was constantly up front of the race. With 26 kilometres to go, he jumped away from his breakaway companions and came into the finish 25 seconds before the chasing Rafaele Ferrara (Androni Giocattoli) and Jan Valach (eD'system - ZVVZ).
"That was a extraordinary performance," said his team director Hans-Michael Holczer after the race. "Even for me sitting in the car, it was very impressive." Scholz had planned this event to be his last race for this season, but "with this kind of form, he should think about it once more," Holczer added.
T-Mobile's Jan Ullrich and CSC's Ivan Basso, two the great contenders for next year's Tour de France, didn't mingle with the top ten of the race. Both came in with the peloton nearly one minute after the winner, and finished 45th and 59th respectively. "You start to feel that the power missing," said Ullrich. "The season has been long, and the legs start to get heavy."