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Geelong Women's Tour 

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35km Criterium

It has been an exciting Tour for the 'placegetters' (as they are called here in Australia) this week - first the prologue / leader changing as it did and then in this, the criterium, Rochelle Gilmore pulling her foot in the sprint and yet still managing to come third...

It was cool and breezy for the Geelong criterium which formed Stage 2 of the Geelong Women's Tour. The original 1km circuit was changed to a 2.2km circuit for the evening's racing. The decision was taken on safety grounds and seemed to be appreciated by the riders. In fact, Cathy Marsal (Nobi-Fani) commented to WomensCycling.net that it was a very responsible decision and one which would not necessarily been taken by race directors in Europe. Marsal, who arrived in Australia last week finished in the bunch today and like the other Europeans, concedes that the extra racing and warm weather training enjoyed by the Southern Hemisphere riders has set them up for this first portion of the season. Like many of the other riders here this week, Marsal and team-mates Alison Wright and Kim Shirley are looking for ranking points to help their route through to Athens. Marsal is impressed with the race and its organisation and has enjoyed the competition so far.

The riders lined up for the 35km race on the amended circuit, starting at 6pm exactly. They faced a less technical circuit than originally planned, but at the trade-off of a much longer climb back up to the start finish line each 2.2km lap.

As would be expected, the first lap was one of the slowest, covered in 3 minutes 34 seconds. The group was led over the line by Leonie Aisbett (NSWIS), Tina Mayola Pic (Jayco) and Naomi Williams (AIS). But there was no real action off the front of the race. In fact noone managed to get further than a few metres off the front all night. 

A number of riders began to slide off the back of the bunch as the pace picked up. Lap pace rose to around 3 minutes 27 seconds up until the first sprint lap, which took place at half race distance, 8 to go. Although the sixth lap was particularly quick, led over the line by Oenone Wood and then race leader Kate Mactier in 3 minutes 20 seconds. A notable rider high up on GC who spent much of the evening towards the back of the bunch consistently, was Kathy Watt. She sat there, sometimes appearing to be struggling, but as the race closed into the final few laps, she had moved herself forward in the bunch.

Anyway, the first sprint lap was run out in 3minutes 24 seconds, with Kate Mactier (Jayco) taking the result from Bates and Barry (T-Mobile). The sprint awards were 3,2,1 points for the jersey, with time bonuses of 3,2,1 seconds also on offer. 

Some further, consistent 3'25-ish laps led up to the second sprint lap which took place with 4 to go. Although, with 6 to go the SATS team were hovering at the back, bringing one of the team back into the main group after a mechanical. A confirmed mechanical was suffered by Miriam Melchers, riding for the World Team. She took a lap out at around the same time due to a broken spoke in her front wheel.

The second sprint, with 4 to go was taken by Hayley Rutherford (Nobi-Fani) from Sara Carrigan (QAS) and Petra Rosna (Nurnberger). 

As the riders began thinking about the finish, the T-Mobile squad passed the start-finish area towards the front of the bunch with 3 to go and 2 to go - they were obviously driving things forward. Melchers tried to gain some daylight off the front - she was apparently concerned about the size of the bunch and the gallop which such a group would make. She was slightly off the front at the bell, but chased hard by members of the T-Mobile squad. By the time the race came around for the finish, Melchers had been swallowed up. A group about to be lapped pulled to the left as riders sprinted for the line. Oenone Wood was easily ahead with 25m to go, leading Kate Bates, whilst Rochelle Gilmore coasted over the line for third, having pulled her left foot out of the pedal with 35m - 40m to go. Riders in the top ten included Japan's World Team member, Miho Oki and New Zealand's Melissa Holt. Time bonuses for the stage finish are 10sec, 6secs and 4 seconds for third. 

Speaking after the event, leader on GC - Kate Mactier (Jayco), was pleased to keep the jersey into the third day. With up to 50 riders who could win on the day, she said it had been important to watch all the moves and stay 'on the ball'. The sprint, she said, with such a large number of riders had the potential to be "a bit twitchy", but the course change had helped with the safety aspect.  Mactier is pleased to be competing in what she called "such a fantastic field" and had commented earlier from the podium that she was grateful that the Geelong events gave the Australian riders the chance to showcase Australia to the visiting competitors.

The riders head away for Stage 3 Tuesday at 10:30hrs along the Barwon Coast and Thirteenth Beach Road. 

Result 

Average Speed of the Winner: 38.20km/h
* indicates rider is under 23 years of age
Place Number Surname First Name Team Time
1 6 WOOD Oenone AIS 0:55:17
2 82 BATES Katherine NSWIS st
3 31 GILMORE Rochelle SATS st
4 93 OKI Miho JAPAN st
5 106 ULMER Sarah N Z st
6 151 FREEDMAN Nicole WORLD st
7 143 MACTIER Katie JAYCO st
8 105 REEKIE - MAY Rosalind N Z st
9 164 WRIGHT Alison NOBI - FANI st
10 75 RIDDER Jessica FRF st
11 132 EVANS Bridget FREE MACH st
12 144 MAYOLO-PIC Tina JAYCO st
13 3 GRAHAM Lorian AIS st
14 41 ARMSTRONG Kristin T M0131LE st
15 11 CARRIGAN Sara QAS st
16 65 SIMONOVA Iryna UKR st
17 162 RUTHERFORD Hayley NOBI - FANI st
18 21 ARNDT Judith NURNB st
19 42 BARRY Deirdre T MOBILE st
20 22 HEMSLEY Margaret NURNB st
21 55 NEWSTEAD Frances G B st
22 45 NEBEN Amber T MOBILE st
23 161 MARSAL Cathy NOBI - FANI st
24 51 DAVIES Emma G B st
25 66 STIAJKINA Tetyana UKR st
26 125 MACPHERSON Jenny BODYTQ st
27 103 KIESANOWSKI Joanne N Z st
28 141 GOSS * Belinda JAYCO st
29 116 HYLAND* Michelle AVANTI st
30 163 MELCHERS Mirjam WORLD st
31 74 RIAKOS Christine FRF st
32 26 WORRACK Trixi NURNB st
33 152 HENNES Tanja WORLD st
34 23 LINDBERG Madeleine NURNB st
35 92 MORIMOTO Akemi JAPAN st
36 83 BROWN* Katie NSWIS st
37 115 WOOD Susie AVANTI st
38 32 JAMES Emma SATS st
39 61 CHUZHYNOVA Iryna UKR st
40 142 KELLY Helen JAYCO st
41 54 JAMES Caroline GB st
42 134 RICKARDS Emma FREE MACH st
43 91 KARAMI Miyoko JAPAN st
44 155 PEKARKOVA Julie WORLD st
45 56 HEAL Rachel GB st
46 4 Safe Amy AIS st
47 53 GOLDSMITH Charlotte G B st
48 36 SYMINGTON Sara SATS st
49 114 ROBB Kirsty AVANTI st
50 1 GOLLAN Olivia AIS st
51 43 BRUCKNER Kimberly T MOBILE st
52 46 PETERS Stacey T MOBILE st
53 34 MILLER Meredith SATS st
54 64 KASHCHYSHYNA Oxana UKR st
55 113 KIESANOWSKI Michelle AVANTI st
56 85 RHODES* Alexis NSWIS st
57 146 YAXLEY Louise JAYCO st
58 2 BATES Natalie AIS st
59 102 HOLT Melissa NZ st
60 163 SHIRLEY Kym NOBI - FANI st
61 44 GAGGIOLI Lynn T MOBILE st
62 112 BRADSHAW Toni AVANTI st
63 126 PETERSON Narelle BODY TQ st
64 101 BUICK Johanna N Z st
65 33 JUTRAS Manon SATS st
66 24 PHILLIPS Jessica NURNB st
67 135 WATT Kathy FREE MACH 0:00:16
68 131 BORTILIN Kirsty FREE MACH 0:00:23
69 35 SORENSEN* Karina SATS st
70 76 SOUTHWELL* Zoe FRF st
71 121 CAPPELLO Linda BODYTQ 0:00:27
72 81 AISBETT Leonie NSWIS 0:00:35
73 73 NICHOLS Kate FRF 0:00:39
74 25 ROSSNER Petra NURNB 0-00:50
75 15 BANKS* Hannah QAS 0:03:41
76 52 DAVIES Nina GB st
77 62 KARPENKO Valentyna UKR st
78 63 KRASOVA* Kateryna UKR st
79 95 SHIMADA Hiroko JAPAN st
80 111 BOYLE Nadene AVANTI st
81 123 FOSTER Cristine BODYTQ st
82 12 FINLAY Jennifer QAS 0:04:13
83 124 HOPKINSON Karen BODYTQ 0:04:23
84 5 WILLIAMS Naomi AIS 0:05:25
85 13 PERRIN Anna QAS 0:05:49
86 84 MACLEAN* Jessie NSWIS 0:07:42
87 71 BORTOLOZZI Laura FRF 0:07:54
88 122 CHARMAN Kerryn BODY TQ st
89 166 SCHULER* Desiree WORLD st
90 72 HARRIGAN Natasha FRF 0:08:26
91 154 ONOYAMA Emi WORLD 0:11:16
92 94 OTSUKA Ayumu JAPAN 0:11:55
93 133 JUDD Louisa FREE MACH st

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General Classification After Stage 2

Jersey holders : 

General Classification (blue) - Kate Mactier (Jayco)

Under 23 Competition (yellow) - Katherine Bates (NSWIS)

Sprints (red) - Hayley Rutherford (Nobi-Fani)

Place Number Surname First Name Team Time
1 143 MACTIER Katie JAYCO 1:05:35
2 6 WOOD Oenone AIS 00:00:04
3 82 BATES Katherine NSWIS 0:00:05
4 146 YAXLEY Louise JAYCO 0:00:09
5 11 CARRIGAN Sara QAS 0:00:21
6 135 WATT Kathy FREE MACH 0:00:22
7 106 ULMER Sarah N Z 0:00:25
8 22 HEMSLEY Margaret NURNB 0:00:26
9 42 BARRY Deirdre T MOBILE 0:00:26
10 41 ARMSTRONG Kristin T MOBILE 0:00:27
11 4 SAFE Amy AIS 00:00:29
12 153 MELCHERS Mirjam WORLD 0:00:31
13 33 JUTRAS Manon SATS 00:00:31
14 45 NEBEN Amber T M01311E 0:00:34
15 21 ARNDT Judith NURNB 0:00:34
16 102 HOLT Melissa NZ 0:00:35
17 164 WRIGHT Alison NOBI - FANI 0:00:35
18 162 RUTHERFORD Hayley NOBI - FANI 0:00:39
19 51 DAVIES Emma GB 0:00:39
20 46 PETERS Stacey T MOBILE 0:00:40
21 1 GOLLAN Olivia AIS 0:00:40
22 2 BATES Natalie AIS 0:00:43
23 85 RHODES* Alexis NSWIS 0:00:44
24 44 GAGGIOLI Lynn T MOBILE 0:00:44
25 3 GRAHAM Lorian AIS 0:00:45
26 144 MAYOLO-PIC Tina JAYCO 0:00:45
27 36 SYMINGTON Sara SATS 0:00:45
28 66 STIAJKINA Tetyana UKR 0:00:46
29 32 JAMES Emma SATS 0:00:47
30 43 BRUCKNER Kimberly T MOBILE 0:00:48
31 125 MACPHERSON Jenny BODYTQ 0:00:50
32 91 KARAMI Miyoko JAPAN 0:00:51
33 56 HEAL Rachel GB 0:00:52
34 101 BUICK Johanna N Z 0:00:57
35 55 NEWSTEAD Frances G B 0:00:58
36 93 OKI Miho JAPAN 0:00:59
37 161 MARSAL Cathy NOBI - FANI 0:01:00
38 103 KIESANOWSKI Joanne N Z 0:01:00
39 75 RIDDER Jessica FRF 0:01:02
40 105 REEKIE - MAY Rosalind N Z 0:01:03
41 116 HYLAND* Michelle AVANTI 0:01:04
42 34 MILLER Meredith SATS 00:01:04
43 151 FREEDMAN Nicole WORLD 0:01:04
44 114 ROBB Kirsty AVANTI 0:01:05
45 24 PHILLIPS Jessica NURNB 0:01:05
46 142 KELLY Helen JAYCO 0:01:05
47 26 WORRACK Trixi NURNB 0:01:06
48 54 JAMES Caroline G B 0:01:07
49 83 BROWN* Katie NSWIS 0:01:08
50 115 WOOD Susie AVANTI 0:01:08
51 23 LINDBERG Madeleine NURNB 0:01:09
52 134 RICKARDS Emma FREE MACH 0:01:12
53 163 SHIRLEY Kym NOBI - FANI 0:01:12
54 121 CAPPELLO Linda BODYTQ 0:01:13
55 141 GOSS* Belinda JAYCO 0:01:13
56 74 RIAKOS Christine FRF 0:01:16
57 126 PETERSON Narelle BODYTQ 0:01:17
68 92 MORIMOTO Akemi JAPAN 0:01:17
69 132 EVANS Bridget FREE MACH 0:01:21
60 31 GILMORE Rochelle SATS 0:01:23
61 61 CHUZHYNOVA Iryna UKR 0:01:25
62 112 BRADSHAW Toni AVANTI 0:01:26
63 152 HENNES Tanja WORLD 0:01:29
64 155 PEKARKOVA Julie WORLD 0:01:29
65 81 AISBETT * Leonie NSWIS 0:01:31
66 65 SIMONOVA Iryna UKR 0:01:32
67 64 KASHCHYSHYNA Oxana UKR 0:01:44
68 25 ROSSNER Petra NURNB 0:01:47
69 131 BORTILIN Kirsty FREE MACH 0:01:49
70 53 GOLDSMITH Charlotte GB 0:01:50
71 113 KIESANOWSKI Michelle AVANTI 0:01:50
72 76 SOUTHWELL Zoe FRF 0:01:56
73 73 NICHOLS * Kate FRF 0:02:00
74 36 SORENSEN* Karina SATS 0:02:32
75 123 FOSTER Cristine BODYTQ 0:04:41
76 63 KRASOVA* Kateryna UKR 0:04:41
77 95 SHIMADA Hiroko JAPAN 0:04:47
78 62 KARPENKO Valentyna UKR 0:05:00
79 111 BOYLE Nadene AVANTI 0:05:11
80 15 BANKS Hannah QAS 0:05:16
81 52 DAVIES Nina G B 0:05:26
82 12 FINLAY Jennifer QAS 0:05:27
83 124 HOPKINSON Karen BODYTQ 0:05:43
84 5 WILLIAMS Naomi AIS 0:06:44
85 13 PERRIN Anna QAS 0:07:12
86 84 MACLEAN* Jessie NSWIS 0:08:47
87 71 BORTOLOZZI Laura FRF 0:09:06
88 122 CHARMAN Kerryn BODYTQ 0:09:41
89 156 SCHULER* Desiree WORLD 0:09:50
90 72 HARRIGAN Natasha FRF 0:10:46
91 94 OTSUKA Ayumu JAPAN 0:13:28
92 154 ONOYAMA Emi WORLD 0:13:54
93 133 JUDD Louisa FREE MACH 0:14:32

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