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Race Overview

Geelong Women's Tour

February 22 - 24, 2005

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Stage 3 Review

It was hot at the coast today. Thirteenth Mile Beach at Barwon Heads was warming up throughout the morning as the riders competed over the 72km course, which was 5 laps of a large circuit, approximately 15km long. With intermediate sprints on each of the first 4 laps and time bonuses available on the final lap, the pace was hot too. Despite the temperature and the stiff headwind up the finishing straight, the stage was completed in just over 2 hours.

Each sprint saw Kate Bates and Oenone Wood in battle for the time bonuses, given that they were only 1 second apart at the start of the day. They were also competing for the red sprinter's jersey as a result. Other riders active in the sprints were New Zealand National team Melissa Holt and Indonesian Santia Tri Kusuma, who was the only Indonesian left in the race after her team-mates did not finish Stage 2. The first sprint went to Bates, giving her the on-the-road race lead, but Wood came back and took the second sprint. Several riders tried to go off the front of the bunch at the back of the circuit, including Kathy Watt, but all were brought back by the ever- attentive Nürnberger team.

A crash involving 14 riders during the 4th lap delayed Bates and Wood, meaning that they did not contest the sprint, leaving it to Kate Nichols, Tri Kusuma and Tina Mayola Pic. Pic, it turns out was just warming up her legs for the stage finish, where she would be at the front of the sprint again. Once more, the Nürnberger team were active and towed their team leader back into the main bunch to set her up for the race finish.

The Lloyd Morgan team started working hard on a lead-out at the front of the race with 5km to go, according to Tina Mayola-Pic. She was protected all the way to the finish, where she unleashed a sprint which surprised the spectators and competitors alike. All were expecting action from Bates and Wood, but it was the blue and white of Mayola Pic which burst out of the front of the pack in the middle of the road. She finished a couple of lengths clear of NSWIS rider, Rochelle Gilmore and third was Oenone Wood. In-form Jenny Macpherson was 4th and Tanja Hennes-Schmidt 5th. Kate Bates crossed the line in the bunch, 51st. Gilmore's second was a one-place improvement on her 2004 position of third, when she finished with one foot unclipped - the result of a mechanical problem relating to a new pedal system.

Third was enough to keep Wood in yellow - and red. The young rider jersey was passed from Alexis Rhodes to Michelle Hyland. Rhodes did not start Stage 3, so the jersey was up for grabs. Nonetheless, Hyland was pleased to have taken over the blue jersey, leading Kate Nichols by 12 seconds. Hyland is a relative newcomer to cycling - she has been competing for about 18 months, having arrived from triathlon and considers her cycling career highlight so far to be competing for New Zealand in the Olympics. Taking the young rider jersey is as close as she has got so far to a win in cycling - not bad!

With the race still tight at the top - the General Classification has Wood leading the Bates sisters in second and third. Kate is 6 seconds back and Natalie, 14 seconds down. Both Bates and Wood agree that the key to the race victory will be Mount Wallace on Stage 4. The short, steep climb is feared by many and has been a race-making feature of the race in previous editions of the Geelong Tour. Bates feels that the nature of Mount Wallace suits her riding style - she is a trackie with a strong sprint. Indeed, she commented that "I'm sprinting really well at the moment and I ran out of puff at the end, my track legs let me do it a couple of times, but not 5 times.  I just couldn't match Oenone."  "I think tomorrow will be a biog day and it will be make or break. I've just got to try and recover well for tomorrow, because with that hill in it, 10 seconds (for the intermediate sprint) may not mean anything when someone's a minute up the road." And about Mount Wallace - "It suits me, its not long and its steep so its more suited to power riders like myself, we'll just pop over it." About tactics for Stage 4, Bates gave an insight into her feelings for racing - "I'm not in the Leader's jersey, I've got nothing to lose. I'd rather come 50th because I tried to get the jersey than just roll in for second - its not my style."  

Oenone Wood also felt the pace - the sprints every lap were crucial and tiring - "Kate Bates really gave me a run for my money and put the pressure on early because she was sprinting really well, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow." Although defending the yellow jersey on Stage 3 had meant competing in the intermediate sprints, Wood is aware that the focus may change on Stage 4 - Mount Wallace may nullify any sprint time bonuses gained if a rider or group of riders get away and stay away. 

Tina Mayola Pic is competing in her second Geelong Tour. The American had clearly enjoyed herself and her win. "It was awesome, really fun,  pretty fast at the end and I got a great lead-out from my team-mates in the Lloyd Morgan team."  " I got caught behind the crash, but I think Oenone got caught behind it too, so Nürnberger paced us all back into the bunch." Of her team-mates, she had nothing but praise, "they were incredible, it was from about 5km out, they were swapping-off and taking turns and they were awesome". 

Results

Stage 3

 

Position Name / Team  Time / Gap
1 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 2.02.00
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS
3 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
4 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS
5 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
6 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team
7 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
8 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
10 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team
11 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS
12 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team
13 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global
14 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS
15 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team
16 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
17 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand
18 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team
19 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
20 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team
21 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team
22 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
23 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS
24 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
25 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team
26 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
27 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
28 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
29 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS
30 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team
31 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global
32 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS
33 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS
34 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
35 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand
36 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global
37 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS
38 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
39 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global
40 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
41 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team
42 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
43 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand
44 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
45 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team
46 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS
47 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
48 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS
49 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team
50 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS
51 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
52 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team
53 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
54 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand
55 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team
56 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
57 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
58 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
59 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team
60 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS
61 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand
62 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global
63 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team
64 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
65 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
66 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team
67 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
68 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team
69 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
70 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand
71 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
72 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
73 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
74 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
75 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS 0.18
76 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 1.24
77 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team 1.40
78 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
79 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 5.37
DNS Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team
DNS Katie Mactier (Aus) Jayco VIS

 

 

 

General Classification

 

Position Name / Team  Time / Gap
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 3.12.48
2 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.06
3 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.14
4 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team 0.19
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 0.20
6 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0.21
7 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.25
8 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
9 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.26
10 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 0.33
11 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.39
12 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0.41
13 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.42
14 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 0.49
15 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 0.50
16 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS 0.54
17 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team
18 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS
19 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS 0.56
20 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team
21 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 1.00
22 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS 1.03
23 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team 1.04
24 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS
25 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 1.09
26 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 1.10
27 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team 1.11
28 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team 1.14
29 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team 1.16
30 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand 1.20
31 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 1.24
32 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 1.27
33 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS 1.32
34 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global 1.35
35 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 1.46
36 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team 1.48
37 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global 2.08
38 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand 2.24
39 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 2.27
40 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team 2.29
41 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global 2.31
42 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS 2.39
43 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand 2.44
44 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 2.46
45 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2.47
46 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS 2.49
47 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
48 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team 2.52
49 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team 2.55
50 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS 2.58
51 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global 3.00
52 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 3.03
53 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team 3.05
54 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 3.07
55 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS 3.08
56 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 3.16
57 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global 3.18
58 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.29
59 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.31
60 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 3.32
61 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS
62 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 3.38
63 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand 3.40
64 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand 3.43
65 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team 3.54
66 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.56
67 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 3.57
68 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team 3.59
69 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 4.20
70 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team 4.36
71 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS 5.12
72 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS 5.20
73 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team 5.24
74 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 5.31
75 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand 7.01
76 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 7.11
77 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 8.13
78 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 9.44
79 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 11.41

 

 

 

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