Race Results - World Cup Race #1
WORLD CUP - COOMA - THREDBO
first race in the World Cup saw a convincing win by Petra Rossner - Saturn
when she outsprinted her two breakaway companions Rochele Gilmore - New
South Wales and Mirjam Melchers - Holland.
Cooma under grey skies the race faced the wind early on and it was when
the 16 kilometre mark was reached that the first attack went with Olivia
Golland - Australian Institute of Sport; she rapidly gained time reaching
a maximum 2 minutes 40 secs but behind the Dutch team were controlling the
As the race climbed Barney’s Ridge with 45 kilometres covered the general feeling was that Golland was not a threat but by 70 kilometres the pace picked up, Swiss rider Priska Dopperman tried a few attacks but it was noticeable that each time the bunch caught her there were less riders.
the 73 km mark Gollans escape was at an end with just one serious climb
left, that of Ivo’s Farm; the race hit the 2 km climb at 84 km covered
and by now there were just 55 riders left in contention but by the top of
the climb it was down to 25.
Rossner still in the bunch the riders knew that had to pull out something
to avoid her being brought to the finish when her sprint would be the
telling factor; the Saturn team now came to the fore chasing down the late
race breaks and raising the speed for the final 5 km.
the finishing straight and it was the German’s champions jersey visible
at the front as she produced her telling sprint to cross the line clear in
team manager Giana Roberge said that the result was according to several
plans for the team; Petra Rossner was full of praise for her team mates,
“They did a terrific job bringing me back to the font each time, I could
just take it easy in the climbs, they also gave me a great lead out at the
finish although I don’t really enjoy spring at this time of the year”.
3 hrs 14 mins 25 secs
Heidi Van de Vijver