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Race 1 Review

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In the first World Cup event of the 2005 season, 92 women representing 16 nations and including some of the big guns of women’s cycling were out in force. Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung used the end of last season and the European winter to build what is viewed by both riders in the peleton and the media close to the race, the strongest women’s professional team on the circuit for many years. This team is managed by ex-world champion and current holder of the German national road title, Petra Rossner. Rossner’s pedigree in women’s cycling covers many years of top class cycling, and this team oozes talent to go with her experience.

Australia’s Oenone Wood World Cup champion of 2004 and holder of many Australian national titles heads the line up with Judith Arndt, Germany, current World Champion and Olympic silver road race medallist. This pair were supported by Olivia Gollan (one of the many top-flight Australian cyclists in the race), Madeleine Lindberg (Sweden), Anke Wichmann (Germany) and Trixi Worrack (Germany). 

There were many other notable riders in the field. Mirjam Melchers-van Popple (Netherlands); one of the most consistent riders on the circuit and for many seasons the lieutenant to Leontien Zijlaard van Moorsel, has formed a new team managed by the ex-professional rider Jean-Paul Van Popple. Her team, Buitenpoort-Flexpoint includes Susanne Ljungskog, (Sweden) double World Champion. The Australian riders, of which there were many, included current Olympic champion Sara Carrigan, Katherine Bates: winner of the 2004-2005 World Cup Track points competition, Bates’ sister, Natalie, Rochelle Gilmore, Alexis Rhodes, Emma Rickards and Jenny Macpherson. Other realistic contenders Toni Bradshaw and Melissa Holt represented New Zealand and the in-form riders in the Lloyd Morgan Recruitment team, were Americans Tina Mayola Pic, Lynn Gaggioli and Meredith Miller.

Racing over 119km, the bunch had to make many requests for service during the race, mainly wheel changes for punctures caused by some of the loose shale on the left hand side of the road. In the first lap, Emma Mackie, Team Samsung, had the first of the problems, she lost her chain at the top of the climb causing her to have to chase hard to get back into the bunch. At 13km, Toni Bradshaw NZ attacked, but was quickly brought back by the bunch lead by the Nürnberger team. Indeed, there were many attacks early on. Anke Wichmann, Nürnberger, managed to get a 10 sec gap but unfortunately for her, the peleton worked hard to bring her back. Teamwork and support for protected riders was evident towards the end of lap 2; Olivia Gollan, suffered a puncture and Judith Arndt and Trixi Worrack were sent to the back of the bunch to bring her back, not a problem for “The Motorbike” (as Arndt is known by some) powered her way back to the bunch with ease. 

1.5km into the 3rd lap, a few riders touched wheels in the middle of the bunch forcing 20 of so riders to be held up for a minute or so, waiting for the road to clear of fallen riders and their bikes. Gemma Goyne, (Lloyd Morgan), Anke Wichmann (Nürnberger) and Priska Doppmann from the European combined team were forced to abandon the race.

The race reached the 3rd climb and tired legs were probably the cause of the second crash of the race, Louise Yaxley and Belinda Goss of Australia slipped on loose shale, both riders managing to chase back on to the back of the bunch as it slowed slightly. At 47.5km Susie Wood, NZ National team and Edwig Pital, France touched wheels and brought each other down, both riders were okay and able to fight back to the bunch.

After the 4th climb, the peleton started to suffer the war of attrition, which 8 ascents in total would inevitably cause, many riders struggled to keep pace with the bunch as it powered up the 1km climb and increased the pace on the decent. Over the 5th climb, riders struggled to stay with the pace of the race, many dropped back and were forced to chase hard between the convoy of following cars to get back on to the back of the bunch.

There were many attacks from riders including Tina Mayola Pic, Lloyd Morgan and AIS rider Amy Gillett. All were brought back by the strong Nürnberger team, at 70km Amy Gillett  (AIS), Jenny Macpherson (JAYCO/VIS team) and Tanja Hennes-Schmidt (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint) broke away and managed to get a 1 minute 5 second gap. Kathy Watt,  the1992 Olympic road race champion broke away and attempted to chase down the leaders. She managed to open up a 20 second gap on the bunch, which left her to dangle just off the front, but in sight and between the bunch and the break, for 6kms before drawing her back in.

By the time the bunch got to the bottom of the climb for the 8th time, the gap to the break was down to 31 seconds and falling rapidly. Led by Nürnberger, the bunch clawed back the break by the top of the climb. On the descent a number of riders attempted to get away, but their attempts were all thwarted by the peleton. As the bunch moved through the start finish area for the last time, Tina Mayola Pic (Lloyd Morgan Recruitment), Trixi Worrack (Nürnberger), Sara Carrigan (Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink) and Christiane Soeder (European Combined team) pushed the pace to string out the peleton. 2kms before the feed station Toni Bradshaw, NZ National Team went off the front, gaining a 32 second gap quickly. Bradshaw was chased by Edwig Pitel, who gained a 17 second gap on the bunch before they reacted to bring them both back on the hill for the last climb of the day. It was here that Susanne Ljungskog made a fierce attack, which, whilst blowing the race apart behind, didn't catch the favourites napping; Oenone Wood and Kate Bates sat in the wheel. In fourth wheel sat Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel, watching her team-mate, Ljungskog, set the pace.

With no counter-attack eventuating, the bunch clambered back on to the small group, despite the efforts of Tom van Bemmelen teammates Kate Bates and Suzanne De Goede, who tried to get a group clear along with Oenone Wood and Miho Oki. When the race reached the Foreshore Road in Geelong for the last time, no one team had control of proceedings as the bunch spread across the width of the closed road.

With 2km to go, the Nürnberger train rapidly lost riders as they sacrificed themselves to keep the pace high in a classic tactical manoeuvre designed to take Oenone Wood to the line. With 750 to go, Meredith Miller (Lloyd Morgan) attempted to go for a “long-one” to the finish, but it was quickly closed down by the bunch.   

With 60m to go, Rochelle Gilmore, Kate Bates and Oenone Wood of Australia opened up the final sprint for the line. Joanne Kiesanowski, the New Zealander riding for SC Nobili Rubinetterie –Menikini Copeas team, also went and attempted to squeeze in for third place. Kiesanowski ran out of gas, losing out to the in-form Kate Bates. Wood just beat Bates to the line – this was confirmed by the photofinish, but Gilmore took a clear win on the line and had time to give a victory salute.

Speaking after the race, Rochelle Gilmore was overwhelmed by the win: “I felt confident in the sprint against Oenone as I had beaten her into second place during one of the stages of last week’s Geelong tour, it gave me back the confidence I had lost over the last 12 months”. Gilmore has, in fact had a hard time in the past three years - click here to see the WomensCycling.net story of Rochelle's battle with a string of hardships. When asked how she overcame Oenone in the final kilometre, despite the fact that Wood had a fantastic team with her, Gilmore added “the last kilometre is the easiest bit to do, you know you have to be in the top 3, it was really dangerous on the last but one corner, everyone was coming underneath and over the top as expected, I came out close to Oenone’s wheel and fighting Susanne (Ljungskog) for a little while, but I got the wheel I wanted and coming into the finish I had the confidence to go for it”. “It looked like you hit the front with about 60 to go?” she was asked, Gilmore responded “yes, I wanted to leave it as late as possible, I knew I had something to kick with, it was just a matter of timing”. When asked if there was a point in the race she felt she wasn’t going to make it Rochelle said “I got dropped on the 2nd to last climb and I thought my race was over, I knew I had to push as hard as possible to get back on and managed to get back into the bunch for the last lap.”

Rochelle now heads out to New Zealand for the next round of the World Cup (Sunday 6th March, Wellington) wearing the leader’s jersey. Rochelle missed out on Australian team selection for the track world championships this week, after a few days to get use to the idea she added “things have turned out well, I can now concentrate on the road and meeting with my team Safi in Italy. I am looking forward to catching up with them and riding with (former world Cup champion) Nicole Cooke to take on the world”.

Speaking exclusively to Womens Cycling, Rochelle was asked if she had benefited by the fact that Oenone’s leadout by her team mates in the gallop to the finish ended a little early, 500m out. She commented “she is a sprinter like me, I like to be by myself at the finish so that I can do what I want, she had the support during the race, which meant that she didn’t need to be at the front, her team brought back any break, it’s a great confidence to have, when you have a team like Nürnberger to look after you. This win has been satisfying, I’ve proved to people that I am still here

Womens Cycling also caught up with the leading riders Oenone Wood and Kate Bates and Tina Mayola Pic, USA who was one of the active riders in the race. Oenone had this to say about her second place “I feel pretty good about today’s race, I sprinted a bit too early in the last 500m but that sometimes happens, I think second is still a good result for us (Nürnberger) and will set us up well for next week”. When asked about losing all of her team-mates before the final sprint Wood added  part of the reason we lost riders was because they had worked so hard to bring the break back. It was an crucial break to bring back they did a fantastic job

Kate Bates was pleased with her performance, finishing 3rd, she had this to say: “I had really good legs, I knew I had form it was just of case of getting my road legs back after riding track, but I felt a million bucks. I tried to go with everything but at the end of the day, Rochelle was just too quick and so was Oenone”. When asked if she thought that Rochelle had something to prove after she was not selected for the World Track Championships, Kate added “I think her non-selection was justified and I think she knows that. She has always been a bit of a force on the road, she has had that many seconds in World Cups it’s about time she won one”.  Womens Cycling asked Kate about the form of the Nürnberger team, “they have two of the best riders in the world in Oenone and Judith, its their job (Nürnberger) to control the race and everyone was looking to them to do that today and they pull it off every time. I think that will be how it works all year”. When asked if Nürnberger strength was challenging to her as a rider, Kate smiled and said “ I think that everyone works so that eventually they can be part of a team like Nürnberger, to watch them work they are a really well-oiled machine, I love watching them race, sometimes its frustrating, I can see what they are doing but I am not a part of it. I hope that one day there will be more teams that can work that well and it becomes a lot more competitive”.

Tina Mayola Pic,  riding for the  Lloyd Morgan Recruitment team for the Australasia events, rode well during the race, she commented afterwards about her performance “I wish I had finished higher up, the Nürnberger team really stomped it up the final climb, I knew it was just a matter of hanging on, it was such a fight into the last but one corner, I was hoping to hold my position but I got swamped, I had to work hard to get up through the bunch to the finish, it was fun”.

Womens Cycling also caught up with Petra Rossner, Nürnberger's manager after the race. She was obviously pleased with the performance of the team and when asked if she felt confident for the next race she had this to say “it is not an accident that we are ranked the number one team in the world. The team did their best and did not make any mistakes today. When it comes to a bunch sprint we have to try our best, we were the most active team today and we are very happy with our second place”. Rossner added “we wanted to get at least in the top three today and we did it”. Petra was asked to comment on her selection of Oenone for her team, she added “she is a bonus to our team, although all of the riders have been picked to form the right chemistry for the team, not necessarily for their riding skills. Both Olivia (Gollan) and Oenone match with great characters and they can ride bikes.” When asked about how she thinks the team will go in Wellington, New Zealand in the second round of the World Cup, Petra smiled with confidence and added “ we have riders who can climb, drive the bunch and sprint we will look at the race and do the tactics on the road, I am not worried, we finished second today in the first race of the season, it’s a long season a lot can happen


Thanks go to the Lloyd Morgan team staff, who allowed the Womens Cycling.net reporter to ride in the team car during this event.



Position Name Country Team World Cup Points
1 Rochelle Gilmore Aus  NSW Institute of Sport 75
2 Oenone Wood Aus  Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 50
3 Katherine Bates Aus  Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink 35
4 Joanne Kiesanowski NZl  SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 30
5 Miho Oki Jpn  Japanese National 27
6 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel Ned  Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 24
7 Susanne Ljungskog Swe  Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 21
8 Sara Carrigan Aus  Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink 18
9 Tanja Hennes-Smidt Ger  Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 15
10 Katie Brown Aus  Australian Institute of Sport 11
11 Kate Nichols Aus  NSW Institute of Sport 10
12 Verena Joos Ger  German National 9
13 Lynn Gaggioli USA  Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 8
14 Sarah Duster Ger  German National 7
15 Tina Mayola Pic USA  Lloyd Morgan Recruitment 6
16 Olga Slyusareva Rus  SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 5
17 Sigrid Corneo Ita  SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas 4
18 Suzanne De Goede Ned  Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink 3
19 Linda Melanie Serup Den  Buitenpoort-Flexpoint 2
20 Emma Rickards Aus  JAYCO/Victorian Institute of Sport 1




Full Results


Position Name Team Time /Gap
1 Rochelle GILMORE NSW Institute of Sport 03:11:26
2 Oenone WOOD Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung @00:00
3 Katherine BATES Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink @00:00
4 Joanne KIESANOWSKI SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas @00:00
5 Miho OKI Japanese National @00:00
6 Mirjam MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Buitenpoort-Flexpoint @00:00
7 Susanne LJUNGSKOG Buitenpoort-Flexpoint @00:00
8 Sara CARRIGAN Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink @00:00
9 Tanja HENNES-SMIDT Buitenpoort-Flexpoint @00:00
10 Katie BROWN ** Australian Institute of Sport @00:00
11 Kate NICHOLS ** NSW Institute of Sport @00:00
12 Verena JOOS German National @00:00
13 Lynn GAGGIOLI Lloyd Morgan Recruitment @00:00
14 Sarah DUSTER German National @00:00
15 Tina MAYOLA PIC Lloyd Morgan Recruitment @00:00
16 Olga SLYUSAREVA SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas @00:00
17 Sigrid CORNEO SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas @00:00
18 Suzanne DE GOEDE ** Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink @00:00
19 Linda Melanie SERUP ** Buitenpoort-Flexpoint @00:00
20 Emma RICKARDS JAYCO/Victorian Institute of Sport @00:00
21 Jenny MACPHERSON JAYCO/Victorian Institute of Sport @00:00
22 Tamara BOYD BikeNZ @00:00
23 Madeleine SANDIG ** German National @00:00
24 Michelle HYLAND ** New Zealand National @00:00
25 Akemi MORIMOTO Japanese National @00:00
26 Santia TRI KUSUMA Indonesian National @00:00
27 Sally COWMAN ** Queensland Academy of Sport @00:00
28 Modesta VZESNIAUSKAITE ** SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas @00:00
29 Susie WOOD New Zealand National @00:00
30 Christiane SOEDER European Combined @00:00
31 Claire BAXTER Inexa/Melbourne University Sport @00:00
32 Kelly HULSER Western Global @00:00
33 Melissa HOLT New Zealand National @00:00
34 Robyn WONG BikeNZ @00:00
35 Hannah BANKS ** Queensland Academy of Sport @00:00
36 Christine RIAKOS NSW Institute of Sport @00:00
37 Helen KELLY JAYCO/Victorian Institute of Sport @00:00
38 Johanna BUICK New Zealand National @00:00
39 Michelle KIESANOWSKI New Zealand National @00:00
40 Meredith MILLER Lloyd Morgan Recruitment @00:00
41 Jemma O'BRIEN Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery @00:00
42 Candice SULLIVAN ** Queensland Academy of Sport @00:00
43 Kathryn WATT Inexa/Melbourne University Sport @00:00
44 Emma JAMES NSW Institute of Sport @00:00
45 Emma COLSON Western Global @00:00
46 Daniela FUSAR POLI ** SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas @00:00
47 Toni BRADSHAW New Zealand National @00:00
48 Rachel O'CONNELL Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery @00:00
49 Amy MOSEN ** BikeNZ @00:00
50 Natalie BATES Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink @00:00
51 Edwig PITEL European Combined @00:00
52 Amy GILLETT Australian Institute of Sport @00:00
53 Alexis RHODES ** Australian Institute of Sport @00:00
54 Miyoko KARAMI Japanese National @00:00
55 Bianca KNOPFLE ** German National @00:00
56 Caroline JACKSON Western Global @00:00
57 Louise YAXLEY Australian Institute of Sport @00:00
58 Caitlin FRASER Inexa/Melbourne University Sport @00:00
59 Claudia HECHT ** German National @00:00
60 Diana RAST European Combined @00:00
61 Trixi WORRACK Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung @00:52
62 Judith ARNDT Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung @01:01
63 Vicki EUSTACE Team Samsung @06:26
64 Judith MAY Team Samsung @06:26
65 Bernadette SCHOBER ** European Combined @06:26
66 Nicole FREEDMAN Western Global @06:34
DNF Olivia GOLLAN Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
DNF Madeleine LINDBERG Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
DNF Anke WICHMANN Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
DNF Silvia VALSECCHI SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas
DNF Uyun MUZIZAH Indonesian National
DNF Dahlina ROSYIDA ** Indonesian National
DNF Sri SUYAMTI ** Indonesian National
DNF Anna MIYAZAKI ** Japanese National
DNF Melissa PILLA BikeNZ
DNF Vickie BURR BikeNZ
DNF Carly HIBBERD ** Queensland Academy of Sport
DNF Jessica MACLEAN ** Queensland Academy of Sport
DNF Kerryn CHARMAN Inexa/Melbourne University Sport
DNF Kristy BORTOLIN Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
DNF Germma GOYNE Lloyd Morgan Recruitment
DNF Tanya MOSS Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
DNF Laura BORTOLOZZI Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
DNF Kate CHARGE Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
DNF Emma LOVELOCK ** Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery
DNF Kerry COHEN Western Global
DNF Apryl Eppinger** JAYCO/Victorian Institute of Sport
DNF Belinda Goss** JAYCO/Victorian Institute of Sport
DNF Nathalie LAURENDEAU Western Global
DNF Priska DOPPMANN European Combined
DNF Emma MACKIE ** Team Samsung
DNF Christine FOSTER Team Samsung
DNS Hiroko SHIMADA Japanese National
DNS Briget EVANS Lloyd Morgan Recruitment


Number of starters - 93

Did Not Finish - 27


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