Race Results

Montreal World Cup

Montreal - Canada

Genevičve Jeanson crowned the splendid work of her five RONA/Esker teammates with a magnificent win atop the Mount Royal for the Montreal World Cup Raceé  Jeanson beat the World Cup leader, Nicole Cooke from Great Britain (Ausra Gruodis – Safi) and the German champion Judith Arndt (Nürberger Versicherung).  Australian Katie MacTier (Saturn) and the reigning world champion, Swedish Susanne Ljungskog (Power Plate Bik / Catalunya-Aliverti) took fourth and fifth place.

 As usual on Mount Royal, today’s race started by aan attrition derby as the field disintegrated from behind.  RONA/Esker set tempo from the start, and their multiple-stage rocket worked perfectly.  Meshy Holt, Erinne Willock, Cathy Marsal, Magali Le Floc’h and Karen Bockel took turns and ste a tempo that eliminated racers.  Quickly, the 100-strong field came down to 40, then to a mere twenty racers, among which were all the contenders – along with Jeanson, Cooke, Arndt and Ljungskog, Saturn’s Lyne Bessette and Manon Jutras were there, along with T Mobile’s Amber Neben, Kim Bruckner and Kristin Armstrong and Switzerland’s Barbara Heeb. 

With two laps to go, the lead group had boiled down to only four riders at the end of the climb (Jeanson, Cooke, Arndt and Ljungskog), but the small lead group let itself be caught up on the way down. “I tried to get them to break away and leave the chasers behind”, said Jeanson after the race, “but they wouldn’t go along”

 So Jeanson waited for the last of the twelve climbs up the Camilien Houde boulevard to launch her decisive attack.  And decisive it was.  Atop the mountain, the local crowd went completely wild when they saw their own Genevičve emerge from her last climb all alone, her face already lightened by her victory smile, with no one behind her, and cross the finish line with her arms raised.

 Jeanson’s first words were for her teammates, who “ executed the race plan perfectly”, she beamed.  “This win belongs to evry one of them.  They were aweseome today, they were so strong, Efrinne (Willock) and Karen (Bockel) pulled me so fast up a couple of the climd that my legs were hurting!” 

Monday, Team RONAEsker will start in the Tour of Greater Montreal.  They start the day with a 3.5 km time trial in Lachine, then a criterium int Montreal’s Little Italy.  The race’s web site is at www.worldcupmontreal.org.



Name (Team)



Genevičve Jeanson (CAN, RONA/Esker)

2h 51’ 07” (Avg. 34,92 km/h)


Nicole Cooke (GBR, Ausra Gruodis – Safi)



Judith Arndt  (ALL, Nürberger Versicherung))



Katie MacTier (AUS, Saturn)



Susanne Ljungskog (SWE, Power Plate Bik / Catalunya)



Sara Carrigan (SWE, Power Plate Bik / Catalunya)



Lyne Bessette (CAN, Saturn)



Magali Le Floc’h (FRA, RONA/Esker)

3’ 33”


Karen Bockel (ALL, RONA/Esker)



Catherine Marsal (FRA, RONA/Esker)

9’ 59”


Erinne Willock (CAN, RONA/Esker)

10’ 06”

 Team RONA/Esker is one of only two Canadian women’s cycling teams in the Elite Category that are recognized by the International Cycling Union. The team is made up of four Canadian racers (Genevičve Jeanson, Andrea Hannos, Carrie Tuck and Erinne Willock), French racers Catherine Marsal and Magali Le Floc’h, New Zealander Melissa Holt, German Karen Bockel and American Kristen LaSasso.

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