UCI World Cup 2005
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Race Review GENEVIÈVE JEANSON WINS THE MONTREAL WORLD CUP – OENONE WOOD TAKES THE LEAD IN OVERALL STANDINGS
Geneviève Jeanson (ACDA – RONA) today won the Montréal
World Cup cycling race, in front of Australian Oenone Wood (Nurnburger
Versicherung) and Dutch racer Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint).
The winner completed the race’s 99.6 kilometres in 2 hours 55
minutes 43 seconds, at an average speed of 34.0 km/h.
She beat Wood by 2 seconds and Melchers by 4 seconds.
to the 50 points her second place earned her today, Oenone Wood took the
lead from Susanne Ljunskog in the overall World Cup standings.
She has accumulated 242 points since the start of the 2005 season,
19 more than Ljunskog.
large and enthusiastic Montreal crowd has come to expect a race of
attrition and this year’s was no exception.
The lead group lost its members from the rear, as the
Camilien-Houde Hill, climbed 12 times, was devastating the peloton.
Yet in the front the race was more at tempo than aggressive.
Lap after lap, the first cyclists to make it to the top of the hill
were different permutations of a select group of racers who could claim a
victory today – Jeanson, Wood and Melchers, but also Switzerland’s
Annette Beutler (Quark), Susanne Ljungskog et her American teammate Amber
Neben (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint), and the two Webcors Christine Thornburn
(USA) and Canadian Erinne Willock.
when the race got to the bottom of the last climb, it was Lynn Gaggioli (Biovail)
who attacked the climb with a 50-metre lead.
But she was quickly reeled in by the lead group.
At the 300 metre-mark, Erinne Willock launched her attack.
“She was climbing very well”, Jeanson said later, “and I took
But I was watching her closely and, as soon as I felt she was
losing momentum, I went full throttle.
I didn’t know what was going on behind me, I looked back and saw
a gap. Then
I knew I had won.”
was a wait-and-see game today, but I was prepared for anything, Jeanson
I waited for attacks, I was ready to respond, I was in alert mode
from start to finish.
I was so concentrated that the race went by in a flash.
Now I’m more drained mentally than physically.”
The Montreal World Cup will be followed by the Tour du Grand Montréal, held from Monday May 30 to Thursday, June 2. A new stage was added, which will take place in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Hilaire.
Results - Montréal World Cup - Race 7 - 99.6km
94 starters, 17 non-finishers
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