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Race Review - Round 9 - GP Ouest France - Plouay   

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The Plouay World Cup race took place today, Saturday. The conditions were cool with intermittent rain. It didn't dry up at all during the race and competitors looked like they'd been riding an off-road event as they finished in the heavy drizzle. Locals claim that Bretagne is the heart of French, even European, cycling and it was easy to imagine riders escaping from working on the land by becoming professional cyclists - training for hours in the cold and wet of legend. When the riders finished, they looked like they had finished an early season pro-men's classic such as the Paris-Roubaix, not an event which took place in the 'height' of summer......... 

There was not too much action early on in the race. The peleton completed the first three laps 'en groupe.'  Then, there was an attempt by French rider, Magali Mocquery, who managed to stay away for almost a lap. Then, with an escape during the 6th of 8 14km laps,  Noemi Cantele looked strong and was a contender for a solo victory, until Edita Puckinskaite stormed across the gap with 1 to go and joined the Bigla escapee. The pair managed to stay away and the sprint went to Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla). Their final margin on the bunch was 32 seconds.

The bunch sprint was a hotly contested affair, not least because the points difference for the World Cup standings was just 4 points in favour of Australian Oenone Wood over Susanne Ljungskog. As the bunch approached, Wood's leader's jersey was in full view, but as they reached 50m to go, Monica Holler forced her way to the front and took the line first. She was clearly delighted with winning the bunch sprint. 

The efforts of the Buitenpoort-Flexpoint team was not enough to steal the World Cup lead today and Susanne Ljungskog crossed the line in the bunch in 11th place, looking spent and resigned to retaining second overall. Mirjam Melchers van Poppel closed the gap on Ljungskog with 8th place, which gave her 18 points compared to Ljungskog's 10 points. 

The GP Ouest France is a huge event - a 3 day festival of cycling. Friday provides everyday cyclists with the opportunity to ride one of 3 circuits - up to a maximum of 150km. There were over 2000 riders this year. In addition, there must have been 200 'camping cars' too - 'campervans', parked along the finishing straight and around the town. Everywhere there was a flat space, there was a campervan parked, each with a satellite dish tuned in, no doubt, to the live coverage from French TV. Saturday starts with a race for the amateur men (espoirs and uncontracted) in the morning and then, of course, there is the women's World Cup race in the afternoon. Sunday has the attraction of the professional men's race, which in 2005 is a part of the 'Pro Tour'. The town is 'en fete' for the weekend - there was a funfair and free fireworks and the main street was closed to traffic on Saturday to make way for street stalls which were open all day. Huge, well organised and very enjoyable - get there next year if you can! 

 

Results

113.2km - 38.029km/h

 

Pos Name Naty  Team Time Gap
1 CANTELE Noemi ITA TBG 02:58:36 02:58:36
2 PUCINSKAITE Edita LTU NMC 02:58:36  
3 HOLLER Monica SWE RCE 02:59:08 32
4 CREUX Sophie FRA INT 02:59:08 32
5 CORNEO Sigrid ITA NMC 02:59:08 32
6 WOOD Oenone AUS NUR 02:59:08 32
7 JAUNATRE Marina FRA FRA 02:59:08 32
8 MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam NED BFL 02:59:08 32
9 GRAUS Andrea AUT RCE 02:59:08 32
10 PITEL Edwige FRA FRA 02:59:08 32
11 LJUNGSKOG Susanne SWE BFL 02:59:08 32
12 CHEVANNE-BRUNEL Elisabeth FRA TPA 02:59:08 32
13 DOPPMANN Priska SUI UPT 02:59:08 32
14 HYLAND Michelle NZL NZL 02:59:08 32
15 WILLOCK Erinne CAN CAN 02:59:08 32
16 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana RUS FEN 02:59:08 32
17 RUANO SANCHON Teodora ESP ESP 02:59:08 32
18 GOOR Sofie BEL BEL 02:59:08 32
19 TOUFFET Elodie FRA TPA 02:59:08 32
20 KRAWCZYK Monika POL POL 02:59:08 32
21 VILAJOSANA ANDREU Marta ESP ESP 02:59:08 32
22 DE GOEDE Suzanne NED BAA 02:59:08 32
23 KIESANOWSKI Michelle NZL NZL 02:59:08 32
24 BEUTLER Annette SUI MIC 02:59:08 32
25 CARRIGAN Sara AUS BAA 02:59:08 32
26 CHRISTENSEN Lise DEN ALI 02:59:08 32
27 LUTZ Eva GER GER 02:59:08 32
28 BRADSHAW Toni NZL NZL 02:59:08 32
29 BUICK Johanna NZL NZL 02:59:08 32
30 SCHLEICHER Regina GER NUR 02:59:13 37
31 WORRACK Trixi GER NUR 02:59:13 37
32 JASINSKA Malgorzata POL POL 02:59:13 37
33 MARTISSOVA Julia RUS FEN 02:59:15 39
34 SENFF Theresa GER BAA 02:59:16 40
35 BRÄNDLI Nicole SUI TBG 02:59:16 40
36 PALMER-KOMAR Susan CAN CAN 02:59:44 01:08
37 ZABIROVA Zoulfia KAZ TBG 02:59:44 01:08
38 WIESER Isabella AUT RCE 02:59:59 01:23
39 KIESANOWSKI Joanne NZL NMC 02:59:59 01:23
40 VANDROMME Sharon BEL BEL 02:59:59 01:23
41 ITURRIAGA Eneritz ESP ESP 02:59:59 01:23
42 SANDIG Madeleine GER GER 02:59:59 01:23
43 ANDREASSON Veronika SWE ALI 02:59:59 01:23
44 NEBEN Amber USA BFL 03:02:05 03:29
45 HANSEN Trine DEN MIX 03:02:05 03:29
46 ARNDT Judith GER NUR 03:02:05 03:29
47 BATES Nathalie AUS BAA 03:02:05 03:29
48 MOCQUERY Magali FRA FRA 03:02:05 03:29
49 LONGHIN Katia ITA MIC 03:02:05 03:29
50 VILJOEN Chrissie RSA RSA 03:02:05 03:29
51 BELLETER Véronique BEL BEL 03:02:05 03:29
52 OKI Miho JPN NMC 03:02:05 03:29
53 ZAMOLSKA Magdaleina POL POL 03:02:05 03:29
54 RICKARDS Emma AUS UPT 03:02:05 03:29
55 GRAB Sarah SUI UPT 03:02:05 03:29
56 EMMASI Sabrina SUI TBG 03:02:05 03:29
57 KNECHT Andrea SUI SUI 03:02:05 03:29
58 THOMAS Béatrice FRA BZH 03:02:05 03:29
59 MOORE Amy CAN CAN 03:02:05 03:29
60 GAUTARD Karine FRA TPA 03:02:05 03:29
61 HOLT Melissa NZL MIX 03:02:05 03:29
62 LE HENAFF Alexandra FRA TPA 03:02:05 03:29
63 SERUP Linda DEN BFL 03:02:05 03:29
64 THÜRIG Karin SUI UPT 03:02:05 03:29
65 FINOT-LAIVIER Magalie FRA FRA 03:02:05 03:29
66 CAGIGAS AMEDO Maria Mercedes ESP BIZ 03:02:05 03:29
67 ADAMSEN Maja DEN MIC 03:02:05 03:29
68 BOYD Tamara NZL NZL 03:02:05 03:29
69 LONGO Jeannie FRA INT 03:02:05 03:29
70 WATT Kathy AUS MIX 03:02:05 03:29
71 VILUNAITE Erika LTU ALI 03:02:05 03:29
72 MORENO ALLUE Maribel ESP ESP 03:02:05 03:29
73 LE FLOCH Magali FRA FRA 03:02:05 03:29

 

 

World Cup Top 10    After Round 9 

 

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Race Race Race Race Race Race Race Race Race
Posn Previous Position NAME / Firstname Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 TOTAL
1 1 WOOD Oenone NUR 50 30 35 - 50 27 50 35 24 301
2 2 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 21 21 11 50 18 75 27 50 10 283
3 3 MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam BFL 24 0 27 75 30 5 35 21 18 235
4 4 ARNDT Judith NUR - 3 - - 35 50 21 75   184
5 5 COOKE Nicole SAF - - 50 - 75 - -     125
6 6 DE GOEDE Suzanne BAA 3 75 - 21 0 15 - 1   115
7 7 WORRACK Trixi NUR - 5 75 - 9 0 - 10   99
8 8 GRAUS Andréa RCE - - 10 2 24 9 9 24 15 93
9 32 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC - - - - 11 - 15   50 76
10 - CANTELE Noemi TBG 75 75

 

 

 

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