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Race Overview

Geelong Women's Tour

February 22 - 24, 2005

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Stage 4 Review

With the climb of Mount Wallace looming for the riders at about 55km in to the 114km stage, this was always going to be a big day for the Geelong Women's Tour. On top of that, the day started out warm - having not really cooled down overnight and the mercury quickly rose as race time approached. 

By 10:30am, when the race rolled out, the temperature was already 27'C, on its way to a predicted 35'C. There was a slight breeze, which provided a tailwind out to Mount Wallace and a headwind back to the finish.

Within 5km of the start, three riders went away, Susie Wood, Silvia Valseccai and Vicki Burr made a cooperative effort which lasted until Mount Wallace, when the group was split as each took the climb at their own pace, Susie Wood was first up the climb. The real action was just behind them though. Although the lead had gone up to over 6 minutes at one stage, Oenone Wood and Mirjam Melchers passed through only another minute or so behind Vicki Burr, who in turn was a minute behind Valseccai, who was a minute behind Susie Wood. 

The race leader was not worried about the break - having predicted that the climb would split it up, meaning that the momentum would be lost. So, it was a controlled Oenone Wood that passed on the climb. Oenone Wood was breathing heavily, but otherwise looked comfortable as she followed Melchers. There was a short gap before a large group appeared containing Kate Bates and  sister Natalie. Just in front of them on the road was Susanne Ljungskog.  

The 50km run-in to the finish after Mount Wallace saw some chasing, grouping and re-grouping take place; Oenone Wood and Mirjam Melchers were together, they caught Susie Wood and were then joined by Susanne Ljungskog and later by Wood's team-mates Trixi Worrack and Judith Arndt bridged the gap and worked to drive the group forward. 

With 5km to go, Race Radio announced that Susanne Ljungskog had broken away. With her was Oenone Wood. As the pair came into sight on the finishing straight, it was clear that Wood had the match of the ex-World and current Swedish Champion. She was well ahead with 50m to go and had time to raise her hands in a victory salute as she crossed the line - stage winner and race winner.  Her performance in the sprints also meant that she had won the sprint classification. 

Of course, the Tour is a race in itself, but by the end of the day, thoughts were turning to the first race in the UCI World Cup, the Geelong World Cup race. Oenone Wood would not be drawn on her prospects, or even on the Team Nürnberger tactics - although she admitted "I think looking at the way the team rode for me today, we're capable of anything." But she would not confirm whether she as defending World Cup champion (and defending Geelong Round winner) or Judith Arndt, the World Champion would be the protected rider for the win on Sunday.

The young rider classification was won by ex-triathelete, Michelle Hyland. This was her first major cycling win, although as a triathelete, she was a successful international. A shoulder injury stopped her swimming and effectively ended her triathalon career, so she switched to cycling. Asked about her win, she told Womens Cycling "Its my first major win in cycling, so I'm pretty stoked about it." The team was split in its loyalties, though, supporting both Tamara Boyd (13th overall) and Michelle for her jersey, but managed to give her some shelter in the bunch. Her experience of Mount Wallace had been relatively positive "I felt really good on the hill. I was with the bunch, but  then over the hill, I put it in the gutter and 'popped', so I was a bit disappointed with that. But I was happy with the effort, I just wish that I could have finished with the front bunch. Overall, though, its good.", she smiled.

Results  Stage 4 

Position Name / Team Time / Gap
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 3.01.50
2 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
3 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.35
4 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
5 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team 0.37
6 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
7 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 3.01
8 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
10 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team
11 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS
12 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS
13 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand
14 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
15 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team
16 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS
17 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team
18 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
19 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
20 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint
21 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS
22 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team
23 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team
24 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
25 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team
26 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
27 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
28 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
29 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team
30 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
31 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink
32 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
33 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS
34 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team 4.57
35 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand
36 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand
37 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team
38 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 11.15
39 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand
40 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
41 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team
42 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global
43 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand
44 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team
45 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
46 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS
47 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team
48 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS
49 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS
50 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS
51 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global
52 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
53 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
54 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS
55 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
56 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team
57 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global
58 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
59 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
60 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team
61 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global
62 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS
63 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
64 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
65 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global
66 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
67 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team 18.28
68 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
69 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team
70 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team 21.04
71 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS
72 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 25.22
73 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS 31.21
74 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
75 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
76 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team
DNF Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team
DNF Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand
DNS Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport

 

 

 

Final General Classification

 

Position Name / Team Time / Gap
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 6.14.25
2 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.46
3 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 1.06
4 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 1.10
5 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team 1.41
6 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 3.20
7 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 3.28
8 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team 3.33
9 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team 3.35
10 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 3.36
11 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 3.39
12 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 3.39
13 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 3.47
14 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team 3.55
15 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS 3.56
16 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 4.03
17 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 4.04
18 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS 4.08
19 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS 4.08
20 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS 4.10
21 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team 4.10
22 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 4.14
23 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS 4.17
24 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team 4.18
25 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 4.23
26 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 4.24
27 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team 4.30
28 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 4.38
29 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 4.41
30 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand 5.38
31 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 6.00
32 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS 6.03
33 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team 6.24
34 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand 6.30
35 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 7.34
36 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team 7.39
37 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand 7.54
38 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS 12.32
39 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team 12.39
40 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS 13.00
41 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global 13.03
42 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team 13.16
43 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global 13.36
44 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 13.55
45 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global 13.59
46 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS 14.07
47 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 14.15
48 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team 14.2
49 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS 14.26
50 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global 14.28
51 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 14.31
52 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team 14.33
53 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 14.35
54 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS 14.36
55 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport 14.44
56 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global 14.46
57 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 14.57
58 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 14.59
59 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 15.00
60 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS 15.00
61 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand 15.08
62 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand 15.10
63 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 15.24
64 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 15.25
65 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team 16.04
66 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 16.59
67 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team 21.36
68 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team 24.05
69 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team 25.11
70 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS 26.37
71 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 26.54
72 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 27.21
73 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS 36.46
74 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 38.45
75 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 41.18
76 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 43.15

 

Sprint Classification

 

Position Name / Team Time / Gap
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 16 pts
2 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 10
3 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team 4
4 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team 3
5 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team 3
6 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 2
7 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS 2
8 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 2
9 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 2
10 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 1
11 Tina Mayola Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 1
12 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team 1
13 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand 1

 

Young Rider Classification

 

1 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team 6.18.21
2 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS 0.12
3 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team 0.15
4 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 0.19
5 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team 0.22
6 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink 0.28
7 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS 2.08
8 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS 8.37
9 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team 8.44
10 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS 10.3
11 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 10.39
12 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS 10.4
13 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS 11.05
14 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand 11.12
15 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery 11.3
16 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team 20.1
17 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS 22.42
18 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS 32.51
19 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team 39.2

 

 

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