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Race Results

World Championships 2002

Zolder, Belgium

Elite Womens Road Race

Swede Susanne Ljungskog won the first ever Swedish road gold!! She sprinted past Australian Joanne Carrigan, who led out the sprint. Ljungskog was overcome with emotion - she seemed so surprised with her win. Given that she rides domestically for a Belgian team, there was something extra to celebrate in Zolder! 

Approaching the line, 3 leaders were still away. Two chasers had fallen on the descent,  Melchers and Stahurskaia  went down. Ljungskog was with them, although bumped by Stahurskaia, she stayed upright and began her chase to the leaders.

 

There were several attempts to go off the front early in the race. Laps were being completed at an average of 17 or 18 minutes - around 43kph. Jeannie Longo (Fra) started - she was riding her time trial bike. Van Moorsel and the Dutch team attacked early on, as did the Swiss and Russians.  

Petra Rossner (Ger) was out early on - she fell on the chicanes. Lynne Bessette (Can) also abandoned early.

With three laps to go, everything was together, but within the lap, there was a mass pile-up in the bunch - Canada, Italy, Denmark, Russia, USA, New Zealand were all affected

At the bell, 3 leaders were away - 20secs up, they escaped with about 2.5 laps to go.  Rain  started to fall and there were several crashes on the slippery surface. The leaders were : Somarriba,  Brandli and Carrigan

Full Result

1 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) 2.59.15 (42.84 km/h)
2 Nicole Brändli (Swi)
3 Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spa)
4 Sara Carrigan (Aus)
5 Alison Wright (Aus)
6 Olga Slyusareva (Rus)
7 Magali Le Floch (Fra)
8 Arenda Grimberg (Ned)
9 Volha Hayeva (Blr)
10 Sara Felloni (Ita)
11 Evy Van Damme (Bel)
12 Heidi Van De Vijver (Bel)
13 Regina Schleicher (Ger)
14 Zita Urbonaite (Ltu)
15 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu)
16 Deirdre Demet-Barry (USA)
17 Priska Doppmann (Swi)
18 Ioulia Martissova (Rus)
19 Melissa Holt (NZl)
20 Iryna Chuzhynova (Ukr)
21 Leontien Zijlaard - Van Moorsel (Ned)
22 Debby Mansveld (Ned)
23 Janildes Fernandes Silva (Bra)
24 Sophie Creux (Fra)
25 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu)
26 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu)
27 Veronique Belleter (Bel)
28 Annette Beutler (Swi)
29 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus)
30 Katia Longhin (Ita)
31 Marcia Eicher-Vouets (Swi)
32 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa)
33 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus)
34 Olivia Gollan (Aus)
35 Nicole Cooke (GBr)
36 Cindy Pieters (Bel)
37 Edita Kubelskiene (Ltu)
38 Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita)
39 Sandrine Marcuz (Fra)
40 Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus)
41 Nataliya Kachalka (Ukr)
42 Hayley Rutherford (Aus)
43 Valentina Polkhanova (Rus)
44 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mex)
45 Judith Arndt (Ger)
46 Corine Hierckens (Bel)
47 Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita)
48 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)
49 Valentyna Karpenko (Ukr)
50 Tetyana Andrushchenko (Ukr)
51 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl)
52 Laura Vangilder (USA)
53 Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Spa)
54 Anna Skawinska (Pol)
55 Isabella Wieser (Aut)
56 Kimberly Bruckner (USA)
57 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita)
58 Wenche Stensvold (Nor)
59 Arantzazu Azpiroz (Spa)
60 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra)
61 Denise Baumann (Swi)
62 Rachel Heal (GBr)
63 Shani Bloch (Isr)
64 Anita Valen (Nor)
65 Anouska Van Der Zee (Ned)
66 Emma James (Aus)
67 Susan Palmer (Can)
68 Frances Newstead (GBr)
69 Lada Kozlikova (Cze)
70 Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned)
71 Monica Valen (Nor)
72 Zinaida Stahurskaya (Blr)
73 Susan Carter (GBr)
74 Jenny Algelid-Bengtsson (Swe)
75 Vanja Vonckx (Bel)
76 Mirjam Melchers (Ned)
77 Virginie Moinard (Fra)
78 Sarah Grab (Swi)
79 Anna Sipurzynska (Pol)
80 Maria Luisa Calle (Col)
81 Mari Holden (USA)
82 Tina Mayolo (USA)
83 Sara Waller (GBr)
84 Vibe Janne Kolding (Den)
85 Evelyn Garcia (ESA)
86 Kirsty Nicole Robb (NZl)
87 Margaret Hemsley (Aus)
88 Zlatica Gavlakova (Svk)
89 Katy St Laurent (Can)
90 Olga Khortova (Rus)

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