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Race Overview

Geelong Women's Tour

February 22 - 24, 2005

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Overview Stage 1 TT update Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Geelong World Cup event preview Geelong World Cup event results

 

Stage 2 Review

Late Update - winner Kathy Watt relegated to last in TT - click here

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With the sun high in the sky and the temperatures in the high 20's 'C, the hilly and technical criterium stage at Portarlington was hard. There were 30 laps of the 1km circuit to complete and it didn't take long for riders to start dropping out of the back of the bunch on the climb to the main road. Initially, one or two lost contact, but within a handful of laps, there were two small groups of stragglers forming. 

At the front of the race, things stayed together until the first intermediate sprint. With time bonuses on offer, there were no holds barred and the pace increased as the contenders positioned themselves for the race across the line. Both sprints were taken by Oenone Wood, who had been under orders not to go for them specifically, but if she felt good, to try. 

A couple of laps later, 'the elastic' snapped and the race broke into 2 main groups. The leading group moved steadily away from the chasers, until they were almost 3/4 of a lap ahead and could see the chasers ahead of them on the long straights of the rectangular circuit.

As the race edged towards the end, the big names came to the front of the bunch - from the protected positions they had maintained within it for most of the race. The 'Bates Train' - Kate and Natalie along with Suzanne de Goede, Judith Arndt and Oenone Wood, the New Zealand National team were there too. 

Crossing the line for the bell lap, Judith Arndt strung the bunch out into a long line, followed by Wood and Suzanne Lungskog. She maintained the pace down the hill and around the corner. When the race came back into view at the corner 200m from the line, Kate Bates was on the front, having taken a lead out from Natalie. But, as the leaders sprinted up the hill to the line, it was Oenone Wood and Joanne Kiesanowski on the front. The pair accelerated away from the rest and as they crossed the line, there was no splitting them. 

The judges took quite a while to analyse the photofinish frames and eventually announced Oenone Wood the winner. This win gave time bonuses for the stage of 10seconds. Along with the intermediate sprints bonus, Wood had done enough to make up the deficit on race leader Kathy Watt and take the yellow jersey into Stage 3. The commanding sprint performance from Wood also gave her the red sprinter's jersey.

Alexis Rhodes maintained her position as the leading under 23 rider and will wear the blue jersey in Stage 3. 

Speaking afterwards, Kate Bates thanked sister, Natalie, for her efforts. Natalie was lying second overall after the time trial and as was noted by Kate, could have ridden for herself on Stage 2. Instead, she rode for Kate and made a huge effort in the closing stages of the stage to lead Kate out in the sprint.

Oenone Wood was pleased to be in the Leader's jersey and in the sprint which was a photofinish, commented that "it was only really on the line that I actually got past Joanne, I really felt as I went over the line that I had it, but you can never be sure". She is clearly aware of the potential threat posed by the Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink team, which includes the Bates sisters. Given that the top three riders are within the same second on General Classification (Wood taking the jersey thanks to the 1/100th seconds she was fastest in the time trial), she sees the intermediate sprints becoming important - as they were last year, in fact - and commented that "I reckon I'm going to have a tough couple of days fighting against 'Batesy' for these intermediate sprints." The strength of the Nürnberger team is seen as an asset by Wood, who is excited to be in the German team. The jump at the bell for the final lap effort by World Champion Judith Arndt was very much appreciated, "its going to be fantastic working with the "human motorbike" this year - she is such a strong rider, she's amazing, as are all the others in the team. Its going to be a great year". This is Wood's first race with the squad and she was pleased to have performed on day 1, she is enjoying getting to know her new team-mates. "I've raced against them, said 'hello', but never really known them that well."

Results

Stage 2  

Position Name  /Team Time / Gap
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 59.29
2 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
3 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
4 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
5 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
6 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS
7 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
8 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team
9 Katie Mactier (Aus) Jayco VIS
10 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS
11 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
12 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team
13 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team
14 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team
15 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS
16 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team
17 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
18 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
19 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
20 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS
21 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
22 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
23 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS
24 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global
25 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team
26 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand
27 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team
28 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
29 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS
30 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team
31 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS
32 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
33 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 0.12
34 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.17
35 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team 0.18
36 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team 0.22
37 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 0.24
38 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team 0.38
39 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global 0.41
40 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS 1.29
41 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS
42 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand 1.34
43 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 1.35
44 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand 1.50
45 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team
46 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 1.57
47 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team 1.58
48 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 2.00
49 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
50 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
51 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team
52 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
53 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
54 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global
55 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
56 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team
57 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team
58 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team
59 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global
60 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
61 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS
62 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team
63 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team
64 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS
65 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
66 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS
67 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
68 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
69 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand 4.00
70 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand
71 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
72 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS
73 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team
74 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team
75 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS
76 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 6.00
77 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
78 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global
79 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
80 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
81 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand
DNF Uyun Muzizah (Ina) Indonesian National Team
DNF Dahlina Rosyida (Ina) Indonesian National Team
DNF Sri Suyamti (Ina) Indonesian National Team
DNF Vonika Kriesa Rosita (Ina) Indonesian National Team
DNF Candice Sullivan (Aus) QAS

 

 

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General Classification

 

Position Name  /Team Time / Gap
1 1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 1.10.59
2 2 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.01
3 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.03
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 0.09
5 Katie Mactier (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.10
6 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0.13
7 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.14
8 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.15
9 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 0.22
10 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 0.25
11 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team 0.28
12 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.28
13 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.31
14 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0.31
15 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 0.38
16 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 0.39
17 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS 0.43
18 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0.43
19 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.45
20 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS 0.45
21 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team 0.45
22 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.49
23 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.52
24 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team 0.53
25 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.53
26 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.58
27 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 0.59
28 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team 1.00
29 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team 1.03
30 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team 1.05
31 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand 1.09
32 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 1.13
33 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 1.16
34 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS 1.21
35 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global 1.24
36 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team 1.37
37 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 1.47
38 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global 1.57
39 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team 2.08
40 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand 2.13
41 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 2.16
42 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team 2.18
43 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS 2.29
44 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand 2.33
45 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS 2.34
46 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 2.35
47 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2.36
48 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS 2.38
49 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team 2.41
50 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team 2.44
51 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team 2.45
52 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2.45
53 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 2.48
54 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global 2.49
55 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2.52
56 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team 2.54
57 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 2.56
58 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS 2.57
59 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 3.05
60 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global 3.07
61 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.18
62 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.20
63 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 3.21
64 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS 3.21
65 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 3.27
66 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.46
67 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team 3.47
68 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team 3.48
69 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS 5.01
70 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS 5.09
71 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team 5.13
72 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 5.20
73 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand 5.29
74 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand 5.32
75 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 5.53
76 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global 6.26
77 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand 6.50
78 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 7.00
79 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 7.45
80 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 7.53
81 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 8.02

 

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