UCI World Cup 2005
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Race Review - Race 11 - Final World Cup race 2005
final round of the Women's World Cup was completed over 117 kilometres of
the old part of town around Nürnberg.
the first lap was completed, Tanja Hennes (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint) led the
field. The speed of the race was exceptionally high, forcing a number of
riders out the back of the bunch and struggling to stay in touch, Kathrin
Schatte, dropped back behind the field in the second lap with a further
five riders chasing the leading group.
the first 20 kilometres of the race the average speed was 50 km/h. This
did not deter Eine Fahrerin from the Swiss National Team from attempting
to break away.
slowed slightly for a while in the second and third laps, but after 29 kilometres,
the pace was driven up again, then the pace tailed off.
Proof of the reduced pace was the field stretched across the road
width, but any such rests were short-lived. A number of riders attempted
again to get away from the bunch and Sandra Missbach (Van Bemmelen-AA
Drink) managed to get clear and established a lead of 27 seconds on the
chasing field. Missbach was
followed by Debby Mansveld (Vlaanderen8) and Elodie Touffet (France).
41.5 kilometres the main field closed the gap, mainly due to the work of
the German National team. Following through with a classic tactic, the
German team immediately sent Ina-Yoko
Teutenberg away, but she was brought back quickly by the chasing bunch.
speed of the race remained very high. Despite several attempts of
different teams to break away no one succeeded. The average speed of the
field just after the feed station on the sixth lap was 50 km/h
- being driven by two of the German national team.
It was too much for some, as dropped riders rode slowly back to the
showers – the riders at the front had raised the pace to in excess of
the end of the sixth lap Nicole Cooke (Team Safi) led the bunch followed
by Monika Krawczyk (Poland) and Emma Rickards (Univega). The Italian team
worked hard to get one of their riders away too – they sent Monia
Baccaille up the road, nut her attempt to cross the gap was thwarted by
the chasing bunch. Any chances of getting away were defeated by the fast
moving bunch which was spread out over approximately 370metres from front
to back as they crossed the line.
French National team attacked when the pace dropped slightly and this
resulted in a five rider group gaining a 100 lead. But, as throughout the
race, the speed of the field increased and brought the breakaways back –
this time it was the Van Bemmelen-AA Drink team, who increased the speed
and brought the escapees back to the bunch.
the end of the 7th lap, Susan Palmer-Komar (Canada) called it a day. The
bunch were led by Erika Vilunaite . As the last opportunity to get food
approached the French National team intensified the speed but to no avail.
final lap saw attacks by the Van Bemmelen-AA Drink team, the Safi Pasta
Zara Manhattan managed to get a rider ahead with a lead of four seconds,
but with so much at stake, the bunch once again reacted strongly, with
riders from the Van Bemmelen and the German national team with represent
at the front. As the bunch reached the final kilometre, the teams prepared
for the final Sprint, driven by Équipe Nürnberger team. They provided
the perfect lead out for World Cup Leader, Oenone Wood. She was beaten in
the sprint though, by a huge sprint from Giorgia
Bronzini (Italy), who took the victory with a 2-handed salute. Rochelle
Gilmore was second, but it didn’t matter to Wood, who glanced across,
did the maths and then punched the air with delight – she had retained
the World Cup on home ground. Susanne
Ljungskog finished thirteenth, just 2 places behind Mirjam Melchers van
Poppel. The overall World Cup top three was the same as it had been going
into the race.
Giorgia Bronzini "I am very pleased. This is my first World Cup win on the road. Now I am looking forward to the World Championships"
Oenone Wood "There was a fair bit of pressure today". (The last World Cup race is her team sponsor's event) "It was hard too because the two other contenders for the World Cup jersey come from the same team and they could play (me) off against each other. The Nürnberger team worked very well and gave me a great lead-out." Had she enjoyed her day? "In hindsight, yes, I've enjoyed it!".
Results - Race 11 - Rund um die Nürnberger Altstadt 116km 42.12km
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