Amstel Gold 2003
In the women's World Cup event, the Amstel Gold, run Sunday 20th April, current leader Sara Carrigan (Bik-Powerplate) was closely watched by her nearest rival Dutchwoman Mirjam Melchers (Farm Frites Hartol). Melchers clearly had hopes of winning on home territory.
The Australian national team worked hard to keep their recognised climbers Olivia Gollan (national champion) and Oenone Wood (winner of the GP Cavrie in Italy last weekend) up at the front.
However it was not enough to contain the young rider Nicole Cooke of the Ausra Gruodis team. She attacked 10 kilometres before the finish with Dori Ruano - Prato Marathon Bike, to catch the leading rider Oenone Wood - Australia and then dropped both to finish 40 metres clear on the tough Cauberg climb as the bunch got close; Olivia Gollan - Australia was second with past world champion Edita Pucinskaite - Michele Fanini in third place.
1 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Ausra Grodis 2.45.18 (38.26 km/h)
2 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Australian National Team @0.02
3 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Michela Fanini
4 Regina Schleicher (Ger) German National Team @0.04
5 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Aliverti-Catalunya-Kookai @0.05
6 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites Hartol @0.06
7 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Powerplate-Bik @0.07
8 Judith Arndt (Ger) Nurnberger
9 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus)Prato Marathon Bike @0.08
10 Lyne Bessette (Can) Canadian National Team @0.09
11 Oenone Wood (Aus) Australian National Team @0.12
12 Nicole Brandli (Swi) Prato Marathon Bike @0.13
13 Theresa Senff(Ger) German National Team @0.14
14 Ghita Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O
15 Aline Camboulives (Fra) GS Mazza @0.15
16 Anita Valen (Nor) Powerplate-Bik 0.17
17 Nataliya Kachalka(Ukr) Team 2002 Aurora @0.18
18 Adrie Visser (Ned) Dutch National team @0.19
19 Miho Oki (Jpn) Farm Frites Hartol
20 Amber Neben (USA) Team T-Mobile @0.21
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