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World Championships Road Race 2003

Hamilton, Canada

She seemed not quite to realise what she'd done until she reached the podium. Susanne  Ljungskog has won the World Championship Road Race for the second time - repeating her 2002 victory in Zolder. She now holds both of the world championship titles ever won by Sweden!

 

In a tight sprint Ljungskog took the line in front of Dutchwoman Miriam Melchers. Britain's Nicole Cooke took third beating Lithuanian Edita Pucinskaite by a tyre-width. 

 

An early break by Melchers opened the race, but the attack of the race was made by France's Jeannie Longo Ciprelli. She was away for the last lap and a half. Not looking back, driving forward in almost a time trial position, she gained 28 seconds very quickly. Chasers went after her and slowly brought her back but she was still 4 seconds ahead with 2km to go. Longo Ciprelli was caught within the last kilometre, at about 300m to go. Had it not been for Melchers pulling the chasers on, she may well have stayed away for a victory in what was her 23rd Championship appearance. Longo Ciprelli faded when caught and matched her time trial position of Wednesday to finish 6th again.

 

 

Posn First Name Surname Nationality Time

1

Susanne

Ljunskog

Sweden

2

Miriam

Arndt

Netherlands

0

3

Nicole

Cooke

Great Britain

0

4

Edita

Pucinskaite

Switzerland

5

Olga

Zabelinskaia

Russia

6

Jeannie

Longo Ciprelli

France

4 seconds

7

Anita

Valen

Norway

8

Judith Arndt Germany

9

Bogumila

Matusiak

Poland

10

Zoulfia Zabirova Russia

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