Race Results - Ster Van Walcheren
Dutch Stage Race - 20-22 June 2002
Van Moorsel Continues Domination of Dutch domestic Scene, Frances Newstead (GBR) - winner of the Bedford 2 Day performed strongly and finishes 3rd.
Leontien Zeelard van Moorsel continued her domination of Dutch racing with a win in the Ster Van Walcheren stage race, which finished Saturday 22 June. With teams from Great Britain and Scotland-Wales, there was international competition for her to watch as well as the "usual suspects" from the Dutch National Squad and the professional German team Nurnberger. Vera Koedooder was 2nd, with Frances Newstead - who won the Bedford 2 Day at the end of May 3rd.
STAGE 1. MIDDLEBURG - VISSINGEN 95 kms
Although there was rain in the morning, the field lined up in the Middleburg Abbey Quadrangle in dry and warm weather for the 7.00 pm start; each team was interviewed on the podium for local newspaper and television. Team Letchworth were strengthened by their Dutch team mates - Marina Massaro and Karin de Krijger, Karin lives just 20 kilometres from the town and so was interviewed each day for local television as she is something of a local celebrity.
The riders started on the typical cobbled streets and went through the town and onto the motorway for 5 kms; again superb control by marshals and police and the interest shown by the spectators was in direct contrast to what we have been used to in this country..
The speed was high from the start and by 4 kms riders were being dropped from the bunch. With 7 kms covered the race went around the Vissingen bay, a famous tourist spot in Holland with its cobbled streets. By 10 kms the race had split with at least 5 groups and 20 riders dropped. It was at the this point that Katrina Hair, riding for the combined Scotland/Wales team, was dropped; it has to be said that this type of course, going through a housing estate with many corners and cobbles, was not what British riders are used to, the first 20 kilometres were like and extended criterium with its many twists and turns.
Eventually there were three main groups on the road. 42 kilometres were covered in the first hour and by 80 kilometres there were 34 riders in the lead group; despite some attacks it was this group that kept together for the sprint along the sea front at Vissingen with van Moorsel getting the better of Debbie Mansveld - Vlaanderen.
1. Leontien van Moorsel Farm Frites 2 hrs 18 mins 2 s 2. Debby Mansveld Vlaanderen same time 3. Katherine Bates Ondernemers same time 4. Bertine Spijkerman Nederlands same time 5. Christine Mos Power Plate-Bik same time 19. Sara Waller GB same time 33. Joanne Cavill GB same time 39. Frances Newstead GB same time 82. Ann Bowditch Team Letchworth at 9 mins 14 secs 86. Nina Davies Scotland/Wales same time 90. Karin de Krijger Team Letchworth same time 91. Mary Boyd Team Letchworth same time 94. Melanie Szubrycht GB same time 100. Julie Mann GB same time 103. Jeanette Tebbutt Team Letchworth same time 109. Kimberley Walsh Team Letchworth at 15 mins 111. Katrina Hair Scotland/Wales same time 123 Marina Massaro Team Letchworth same time
STAGE 2 MIDDLEBURG - KOUDEKERKE 99.5 kms
Another evening start with strong sunshine and very warm. The traditional town centre start - and the cobbles were part of the "attraction". Another fast start but with just 6 kms covered Nina Davies was seen by the roadside when her rear gear mech broke and although she borrowed a GB bike she was never able to get back to the fast moving race. The first sprint of the day was in a small town with right and left turns on cobbled streets.
The race was developing into a pattern as again there were 4 main groups. 50 kilometres covered and still bright sunshine, both leading groups joined up but a few kms later Francis Newstead crashed - she was soon up and back in the race after a good chase with again 42 kilometres covered in the first hour.
With 16 kms to go there were three riders in front, 10 k to go and Dutch National team rider Minke van Dongen crashed; 5 kms later the break had been caught and it was down to the sprinters with van Moorsel again stamping the race with her brand of racing.
1. Leontien van Moorsel Farm Frites 2 hrs 19 min 27 s 2. Christine Mos Power Plate-Bik same time 3. Bertine Spijkerman Nederlands same time 4. Debby Mansveld Vlaanderen same time 5. Miranda Vierling Dutch Junior team same time 23. Frances Newstead GB same time 24. Melanie Szubrycht GB same time 30. Sara Waller GB same time 38. Joanne Cavill GB same time 52. Ann Bowditch Team Letchworth same time 61. Karin de Krijger Team Letchworth same time 88. Mary Boyd Team Letchworth at 2 mins 34 secs 90. Julie Mann GB same time 99. Jeanette Tebbutt Team Letchworth same time 106. Katrina Hair Scotland/Wales at 9 mins 28 secs 107. Marina Massaro Team Letchworth same time
STAGE 3 KAMPERLAND TIME TRIAL 13.7 kms
From the original 151, 114 riders faced the time keeper in what was a typical European time trial; ramp start but with 4 turns in the opening kilometre - and then there was the wind. Each rider was preceded by a motorcycle and followed by a team car - and not a juggernaut in site ! Reporting on time trials is like having a bad toothache - except to say that winner van Moorsel covered the distance at 44 kph so ...
1. Leontien van Moorsel Farm Frites 18 mins 32 s 2. Frances Newstead GB 19 mins 17 secs 3. Sandra Rombouts Nurnberg 19 mins 21 secs 4. Loes Markerink Junior National 19 mins 34 secs 5. Josephine Groenveld National Team 19 mins 39 secs 42. Julie Mann GB 21 mins 15 secs 49. Sara Waller GB 21 mins 27 secs 51. Melanie Szubrycht GB 21 mins 32 secs 53. Katrina Hair Scotland/Wales 21 mins 24 secs 61. Joanne Cavill GB 21 mins 47 secs 72. Ann Bowditch Team Letchworth 22 mins 14 secs 77. Karin de Krijger Team Letchworth 22 mins 42 secs 82. Jeanette Tebbutt Team Letchworth 22 mins 49 secs 88. Marina Massaro Team Letchworth 23 mins 4 secs 105. Mary Boyd Team Letchworth 24 mins 6 secs
A few hours rest and it was onto the final stage.
STAGE 4 KAMPERLAND - DOMBURG 100.7 kms
Overcast and windy for the start from this well known holiday resort; after 12 kms the race went over a 5 km dam and here the wind was severe so echelons formed early and by the end of the dam there were many groups on the road.
After 57 kms the race turned onto a small farm track that was cobbled with grass growing in the middle, real Paris-Roubaix stuff with clouds of dust blown up but the riders and team cars that lasted for 2 kms then it was up and on a dyke. Areke Hassink - National Team, punctured and got back on but a km later she had to do it all again with another puncture; the broom wagon now had 41 riders in it.
77 kms and van Moorsel attacks but is caught after a kilometre then it is the turn of Frances Newstead but she is caught. Through the finish for the first time with thousands of holidaying spectators lining the road. 84 kilometres and two riders get away, Arenda Grimberg of Farm Frites and Vera Koedooder, National Dutch team and they stayed to the finish.
1. Arenda Grimberg Farm Frites 2 hours 41 mins 39 s 2. Vera Koedooder National team at 1 second 3. Leontien van Moorsel Farm Frites at 32 secs 4. Esther van der Helm National Team same time 5. Christine Mos Power Plate-Bik same time 11. Frances Newstead GB at 38 secs 28. Joanne Cavill GB at 2 mins 25 secs 29. Sara Waller GB same time 34. Karin de Krijger Team Letchworth same time 65. Ann Bowditch Team Letchworth 6 mins 32 secs 66. Jeanette Tebbutt Team Letchworth same time 90. Katrina Hair Scotland/Wales same time 94. Julie Mann GB same time
OVERALL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1. Leontien van Moorsel Farm Frites 7 hrs 37 mins 29 s 2. Vera Koedooder National team at 1 min 23 secs 3. Frances Newstead GB at 1 min 34 secs 4. Sandra Rombouts Nurnberger at 1 min 38 secs 5. Arenda Grimberg Farm Frites at 1 min 41 secs 42. Sara Waller GB at 5 mins 31 secs 44. Joanne Cavill GB at 5 mins 51 secs 70. Karin de Krijger Team Letchworth at 14 mins 27 secs 75. Ann Bowditch Team Letchworth at 19 mins 39 secs 81. Julie Mann GB at 21 mins 14 secs 84. Jeanette Tebbutt Team Letchworth at 25 mins 47 secs 95. Katrina Hair Scotland/Wales at 34 mins 13 secs
98 riders completed the race