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Verona, Italy

Monday 27th September - Sunday 3rd October

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Elite Road Race       

Saturday 2 October 2004, 13:30hrs, 132.8km - 9 laps

 

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Following the typical format for a race at this level, in the opening laps, the leaders tested their legs for a few hundred metres at the front every now and then, whilst lesser-known names were dropped off the back of the race. There was a wave of retirements at around half distance, including 2 of the riders from Belarussia, Louise Moriarty (Ireland) and Olga Slyusareva (Russia).

 

The first main move occurred on lap 6 of 9, on the descent from the main climb, Swiss rider, Sara Grab rode away from the field, followed by Canadian rider Erin Wilcock  and then the main bunch.  Riding hard on the descent, Wilcock managed to catch Grab.

 

As the pair turned hard right about 5km from the start / finish area, they had a lead of about 12 seconds. This was where Dori Ruano Sanchon of Spain jumped and managed to close the gap at the feed station around 2km from the line. By the time they passed the start/finish line, they were 35 seconds ahead.

 

A small crash at the back of the bunch during the seventh lap delayed three riders, including Thorburn from Canada. The pace was obviously higher on this lap; the field was clearly strung out on the climb. The gap was 32 seconds at the top, with an Italian rider trying to steal back some of the deficit on the way up, but the move was countered by the Swiss, working well to protect the lead and slow the bunch.

 

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, in her usual fashion was yo-yoing between the front and the back of the main bunch. At the bottom of the climb on Lap 7, she was to be seen at the front. The gap was down to 18 seconds and it looked as if Grab and 
Wilcock were struggling to keep the wheel of Sanchon as they headed towards the feed station. Australian, Margaret Hemsley took off from the front of the bunch just prior to the feed station and caught the three leaders just after the feed zone. At finish line at the end of the long, wide finishing straight, the 4 leaders had 29 seconds advantage. Towards the top of the long climb, the leaders had just 12 seconds advantage - the bunch had them in their sights and Longo was still at the front. Just  before the top another French rider jumped, but was chased down by a group including Australian Oenone Wood, Longo and British riders Nicole Cooke and Rachel Heal. Dutchwoman, Mirjam Melchers was there too, with the Germans, Judith Arndt and Trixi Worrack. Also there was defending Champion, Susanne Lungskog. Russian Zabirova  took off during the descent and could see the leaders ahead of her. The leaders were caught on the way in towards the feed zone. 

 

The race was well and truly split apart by the Russian's move. The bunch was strung out and riders in ones and twos were trying to cross the gap between the two groups which had formed. Few were successful, though and as the first bunch took the bell for the last lap, the deficit to the second group was 1minute 14 seconds. 

 

Chantelle Beltman of the Netherlands made a brave solo move as the first group crossed the river. She was chased by the Russian Svetlana Bubnenkova, who caught her quite quickly and rode straight past. As the two wound their way out of Verona and towards the climb, the pair had 24 seconds, whilst another Russian controlled the pace of the bunch. The pace was too fierce for Beltman as the pair climbed the 3km hill for the final time. Bubnenkova went forwards whilst Beltman went backwards and back into the bunch. The effort was obvious in the manner in which Bubnenkovsa was climbing, hunched over the bars and rocking from side to side to push her bike up faster. Tatiana Guderzo stretched her legs off the front of the chasers and with her much faster cadence, she danced on the pedals up towards Bubnenkova and caught her just before the summit. Bubnenkova strained to hang on to the Italian's wheel, looking behind to see if there was anyone behind in sight. 

 

Behind the two leaders, Judith Arndt was leading the chase. With her Nicole Brandli, Worrack, Guderzo, Edita Puckinskaite (LTU) and Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spain). The leaders were caught on the descent, which meant the formation of a group of 6, who had 12 seconds advantage at the time check on the way down over a second group of 6, led by Mirjam Melchers. Bubnenkova missed a corner and dropped off the front group on the descent, but fought her way back to the leaders. 

 

Judith Arndt jumped as the race returned to the city streets. She was chased by the Italian, Guderzo, but managed to stay away and increase the gap. With only a couple of kilometres to go, it looked like the race would be for the bronze medal, Arndt and Guderzo assured of their places. Arndt was riding hard, pedalling a big gear and forcing her bike forwards in time trial style. With 500m to go, Arndt was 100m ahead, the Italian's gap was not so clear-cut, but as she too powered down the finishing straight, she made certain of her medal. The sprint for third place was won by Anita Valen (Norway), Arndt's team-mate Worrack was fourth, Pukinskaite was fifth. Jeannie Longo led-in the large group sprint, ahead of Cooke.

 

At the line, Arndt was clearly elated at her win and who wouldn't be? This finished a superb year for her, with the silver medal in the Olympic road race also in her collection. 

 

 

 

Result

 

1    Judith Arndt             Germany

 

2    Tatiana Guderzo     Italy

 

3    Anita Valen              Norway

 

4    Trixi Worrack           Germany

 

5    Edita Pukinskaite   Lithuania

 

 

Full result courtesy Union Cycliste Internationale

 

Full Result

 

Posn Name Surname Country Time Gap
1 ARNDT Judith GER 03:44:38 35.458km/hr
2 GUDERZO Tatiana ITA 03:44:48 +0:10
3 VALEN Anita NOR 03:44:50 +0:12
4 WORRACK Trixi GER  
5 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta LTU  
6 BRÄNDLI Nicole SUI  
7 SOMARRIBA ARROLA Joane ESP  
8 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana RUS  
9 MELCHERS Mirjam NED  
10 PUCINSKAITE Edita LTU  
11 POLKHANOVA Valentina RUS  
12 ZABIROVA Zoulfia RUS  
13 WOOD Oenone AUS 03:45:19 +0:41
14 BESSETTE Lyne CAN  
15 ITURRIAGA Eneritz ESP  
16 DEMET-BARRY Deirdre USA  
17 POLIKEVICIUTE Rasa LTU  
18 PALMER-KOMAR Susan CAN
19 POLIKEVICIUTE Jolanta LTU  
20 THORBURN Christine USA  
21 LONGO CIPRELLI Jeannie FRA 03:45:45 +1:07
22 BEUTLER Annette SUI  
23 PITEL Edwige FRA  
24 COOKE Nicole GBR  
25 VILLUMSEN SERUP Linda DEN  
26 LJUNGSKOG Susanne SWE 03:45:49 +1:11
27 CANTELE Noemi ITA 03:46:46 +2:08
28 LE FLOC’H Magali FRA 03:48:08 +3:30
29 BELTMAN Chantal NED  
30 SENFF Theresa GER 03:48:16 +3:38
31 HEEB Barbara SUI  
32 KOZLIKOVA Lada CZE 03:50:47 +6:09
33 MOORE Amy CAN  
34 OKI Miho JPN  
35 MATUSIAK Bogumila POL  
36 HEAL Rachel GBR  
37 SILVA Clemilda Fernandes BRA  
38 SOEDER Christiane AUT  
39 VAN DAMME Evy BEL  
40 SHISHKOVA Tatiana MDA  
41 ZUGNO Anna ITA  
42 HIERCKENS Corine BEL  
43 CHEVANNE BRUNEL Elisabeth FRA  
44 HANSEN Trine DEN  
45 NEBEN Amber USA  
46 STAHURSKAYA Zinaida BLR  
47 GRAB Sarah SUI  
48 HEMSLEY Margaret AUS  
49 BRUCKNER Kimberly USA  
50 JUTRAS Manon CAN  
51 MORENO ALLUE Maribel ESP  
52 HUGUET Sonia FRA  
53 WILLOCK Erinne CAN  
54 RUANO SANCHON Dori ESP  
55 VINK Elisabeth NED  
56 GOLLAN Olivia AUS  
57 LIEBIG Tina GER 03:50:51 +6:13
58 ARMSTRONG Kristin USA 03:55:50  +11:12
59 BELTMAN Ghita NED  
60 WYSOCKA Malgorzata POL 03:56:01 +11:23
61 KIRCH Rosane BRA  
62 KACHALKA Natalya UKR  
63 INGELS Veerle BEL 03:56:52 +12:14
64 KASHCHYSHYNA Oxana UKR 04:05:30 +20:52
65 TREIER Grete EST 04:05:59 +21:21
66 KARPENKO Valentina UKR  
67 MAYOLO PIC Tina USA 04:06:01 +21:23
68 LARSSON Camilla SWE 04:07:29 +22:51
69 BOYARSKAYA Natalia RUS  
70 CHRISTENSEN Lise DEN  
71 JAUNATRE Marina FRA  
72 GRAUS Andrea AUT  
73 MADRINAN VILLEGAS Ana Paola COL 04:08:10 +23:32
74 BRZEZNA Paulina POL 04:12:46 +28:08
BYBERG Lene NOR DNF
SANDIG Madeleine GER DNF
FUSAR POLI Daniela ITA DNF
PARIETTI Silvia ITA DNF
RUTHERFORD Hayley AUS DNF
GOOR Sofie BEL DNF
JEGER Veronika HUN DNF
GRIMBERG Arenda NED DNF
KUBELSKIENE Edita LTU DNF
URBONAITE Zita LTU DNF
SLYUSAREVA Olga RUS DNF
SCHLEICHER Regina GER DNF
BELVEDERESI Tania ITA DNF
BATES Nathalie AUS DNF
TRACHSEL Sereina SUI DNF
WYNTER Iona JAM DNF
FERNANDEZ Noelia Soldad ARG DNF
GOLDSMITH Charlotte GBR DNF
NEWSTEAD Frances GBR DNF
MARTISSOVA Julia RUS DNF
ZABROCKA Aleksandra POL DNF
DEMARS Nicole CAN DNF
ALCALDE HUERTANOS Cristina ESP DNF
RAMIREZ BAUXELL Anna ESP DNF
HOSTETTLER Irene SUI DNF
LEAL BALDERAS Veronica MEX DNF
HAYEVA Volha BLR DNF
SHARAKOVA Tatsiana BLR DNF
NIEMINEN Tiina FIN DNF
SWIFT Colette IRL DNF
LINDBERG Madeleine SWE DNF
GUNNEWIJK Loes NED DNF
WRIGHT Alison AUS DNF
CHUZHYNOVA Iryna UKR DNF
MORIARTY Louise IRL DNF
SOUZA Uenia Fernandes BRA DNF
PIETERS Cindy BEL DNF
VAN DROMME SharonBEL BEL DNF
SILVA Maria Lucilene BRA DNF
KIRALY Monika HUN DNF
HOLLER Monica SWE DNF
TORP Linn NOR DNF
SILVA Janildes Fernandes BRA DNF
EMERY Dianne RSA DNF

 

 

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