100km, Crema, nr Milan Italy
Victory for Slyusareva in Italian GP
Olga Slyusareva (SC Nobili) today won the Gran Premio Liberazione held in
Crema, near Milan.
Slyusareva outsprinted Italian Valentina Alessio (Team Bianchi –
Aliverti La Rocca) and Katia Longhin (Michela Fanini Record Box).
The pace was high, and the winner completed the race’s 100
kilometres in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 5 seconds, for an average speed of
Team RONA’s Geneviève Jeanson finished 32nd, in the same time as
19th edition of the GP Liberazione was held on a totally flat 10-km course
around the town of Crema.
About five racers dropped out of the race following a crash during
the second of eleven laps. None
was seriously injured.
The 2004 GP was an aggressive race marked by numerous attacks.
But the pack was vigilant and reeled in any initiative that became
One breakaway lasted almost one lap, with about 15 riders on board,
including the eventual podium (Slyusareva, Alessio, Longhin), as well as
Oenone Wood (Team Australia), Geneviève Jeanson (RONA), Hayley Rutherford
(AUS, Michela Fanini) and others, but the pack bridged to them.
Then two Australians from different teams (MIchela Fanini’s
Rutherford and Team Australia’s Sara Carrigan) managed to build a
20-second gap, before the field came back on them.
So it was to be settled in a massive sprint, neatly won by Slyusareva.
“We generally raced well today, analysed Jeanson near the finish line. We certainly raced much better than we did at the Flèche Wallonne four days ago, but we didn’t manage to collect the result.” Added her teammate Helen Kelly, “We were aggressive, we were moving the front very well, we initiated moves, but to have any chance, the four of us needed the cooperation from other teams – some of whom had up to ten riders today. But nobody would work with us, so our chances were slim.”
84 riders started, 74 finished
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