Race Review - Team Rona

UCI World Cup - Race 6

Épreuve de la Coupe du monde Cyclisme Féminine Montréal 2004  99.6km

Montreal, Canada - 29th May 2004

Geneviève Jeanson takes victory in Montréal

Geneviève Jeanson (CAN, RONA) today won the Montreal leg of the Women's Cycling World Cup. The 22-year-old cyclist outsprinted Judith Arndt (GER, Nurberger Versicherung) and Olivia Gollan (AUS, Australian National Team). The three first riders completed the race's 99.6 kilometres in the same time of 2 hours, 55 minutes and 46 seconds, at an average speed of 33,99 km/h.

"This year we (Team RONA) decided to race more conservatively, just cover attacks and attack ourselves at the last moment", said Jeanson. Indeed few attacks developed into a real threat. France's Jeannie Longo created the most animation, especially early in the race, as she attacked several times in the Camilien-Houde climb leading to the finish line, that the riders have to climb 12 times.

"My teammates worked perfectly", added Jeanson, referring to Katrina Grove, Erinne Willock, Kathryn Curi, Helen Kelly and Anna Milkowski. André (Aubut, team mamager) directed the race superbly; my legs were not so good in the last few laps, but Erinne (Willock) was in a great day and she dug in deep to chase everything that tried to leave the pack."

Jeanson launched her decisive attack 200 metres from the finish, after she and her teammate Erinne Willock reeled in Quark's Lyne Bessette, who had attacked 200 metres before. The lead group was still 20-strong. "We had a tail wind, the climb wasn't quite as tough as usual", added Jeanson. Her attack was effective and she crossed the line with a few bicycle lengths in front of her closest rivals.

Team RONA (www.teamrona.ca) is a Canadian women's cycling team in the Elite Category recognized by the International Cycling Union. The team is made up of four Canadian racers (Geneviève Jeanson, Andrea Hannos, Émilie Roy and Erinne Willock), three Americans (Kathryn Curi, Katrina Grove and Anna Milkowski), Israeli Shani Bloch and Australian Helen Kelly. The team has exercised a policy of zero tolerance for banned substances since it was founded in 2000. This policy is explicitly stated in all its contracts.

RONA (www.rona.ca) is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. Team RONA receives equipment and service sponsorships from many companies, including Colnago, Biemme, Shimano, Vittoria, Bontrager, Sidi, Limar, Selle Italia, USE, Cinelli, Look, CatEye, Elite, Finish Line, Cane Creek, Saris, Power Tap, Trialtir and Cycles Lambert