Tour de Grand Montréal
30 May - 2 June 2005
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OENONE WOOD WINS THE TOUR DU GRAND MONTRÉAL
Oenone Wood (Nurnberger – Versicherung) won a brilliant and
well-deserved GC victory at the Tour du Grand Montréal.
She and her team controlled a last, animated stage full of attacks
and counter-attacks. Wood took fourth place of today’s stage, beating
all GC contenders, confirming her domination of the previous days.
In final GC Wood beat, in that order, Switzerland’s Annette
Beutler (Quark), Denmark’s Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (S.A.T.S.) and young
Canadians Erinne Willock (Webcor) and Geneviève Jeanson (ACDA – RONA).
think that Tuesday’s Rigaud stage was the turning point of this stage
Wood after the race. The
Rigaud stage (one of the two stages won by Wood) limited the number of GC
contenders. It caused a lot
of tiredness in the field, which created opportunities for the next
stage, held in the hilly and picturesque Saint-Hilaire region, was won by
20 year old Italian Danielle Fusar Poli (Nobili Rubinetterie – Menikini
Cogeas). She outsprinted her two breakaway companions Melissa Sanborn
(USA, Subway) and Melissa Holt (NZL, S.A.T.S.).
The stage was a continuous succession of attacks and
Nicole Wangsgard (Subway) was the first to signal that the race was on
after the start of this 115-km stage.
Her venture did not last, but the tone was set for the day.
Sometimes by themselves, sometimes two, three or four at a time,
riders left the peloton behind. Sometimes
the field let them go – never for long.
The first one to lose sight of the pack, after 30 kilometres of
riding, was Monica Mendez Ortiz of the Columbian National Team, whose lead
climbed to 35 seconds. This
break would hold for 16 kilometres. But
in the mean time eight racers crashed, some of them badly – among them
GC contender Willock, whose fourth place was threatened by the accident.
All of them except for Jennifer Chapman (Velo Bella) got back onto
their saddle. They would
eventually catch up with the peloton.
at the front attacks were fusing as the kilometres went by. Wangsgard, then Fusar Poli, then British racer Rachel Heal (S.A.T.S.),
then Japan’s Hiroko Shimada (Velo Bella) tried to open a gap.
The “right” one happened at the 59th kilometre.
Sanborn, who obviously had recovered from her participation in the
collective crash 20 kilometres earlier, got off by herself.
Five kilometres later she had built up a one minute lead. Holt came
in between, and then was joined by Fusar Poli.
Then a group of six started a chase, until two of its members, ACDA
RONA’s Long and Benjamin, slowed down and waited for the main field.
after kilometre 80, Holt and Fusar Poli bridged to Sanborn and smoothly
integrated her in their rotation. Sanborn
would say later, “When I heard they were getting closer, I decided to
wait for them to finish.” Behind,
for a while the pack fought to reel them in.
From more than 2 minutes, the gap came down to 48 seconds, before
going up again as the peloton eased off.
Obviously the leading trio was not an issue.
the red flame, the three escapees started to watch each other.
Entering the last uphill stretch leading the way to the finish
line, Sanborn sprinted from the 200 metre mark.
Holt reacted quickly – but Fusar Poli reacted instantly.
She crossed the line with less than a bicycle length over Sanborn
The field arrived two minutes 20 later. In spite of Jeanson’s effort, it was Wood – again – who won the sprint.
Results - Stage 4
66 riders, 11 did not finish, 115km @ 36.8km/h
General Classification - Final
Total Distance raced - 368.02 km at 37km/h average
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