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Geelong Tour Preview

21st - 23rd February

4 stage, 3 days around Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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The Geelong Tour boasts a huge startlist for 2006. There are riders from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific this year. Last year and 2004 winner, Oenone Wood lines up again with Team Nürnberger, joining her in the blue strip will be Kate Bates, the Australian road race champion and U23 classification winner of this race in 2004. Olivia Gollan, the 2003 race winner will be on the start line, riding this year for Italian team, Nobili Rubinetterie. Also in the Nobili squad is Miho Oki, who had a good 2005 World Cup in Geelong, the Japanese Champion was fifth. Second on General Classification last year, Susanne Ljungskog, returns to the race in a mixed team, Team Cheerwine/Bicisport, with Australian Helen Kelly included in the squad.

The new-look T-Mobile women's team makes its debut at Geelong, with Judith Arndt leading a strong team which includes Kimberley Baldwin and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg. This will be the first visit of the magenta jersey to compete on Australian shores. Another team visiting Australia for the first time is Team FRW - the Italian squad which includes sprinter, Giorgia Bronzini. Olga Slyusareva leads the Russian National Team, another first-time team at the event, as is the Japanese National team. The Giant Pro cycling team, with five Chinese and one Hong Kong rider makes its UCI debut this week. Swiss team, Univega have been training in Australia for a few weeks now. Local rider, Emma Rickards took the sprint in a mixed men's and women's club race on Sunday (Click here to view report) and team newcomer, Nicole Cooke, has stated her intention to take overall World Cup glory this year. Team Safi is represented in 2006 by sprinter, Rochelle Gilmore and newcomers from Britain, Charlotte Goldsmith and Amy Hunt. Emma Coulson, better known for her MTB victories is also on the team and is a useful road rider. 

There are plenty of National teams listed; Australia, New Zealand and Germany are all race regulars. Team USA, which includes National Criterium Champion, Tina Pic made their race debut. Pic took a stage win last year whilst riding for the Lloyd Morgan team. 

The Australian team is strong, as would be expected. Jenny Macpherson has recovered well from shoulder surgery and recently took overall honours in the Adelaide criterium series, which took place during the Tour Down Under. Alexis Rhodes, Australian criterium champion is also in the team, which also includes Amanda Spratt, Candice Sullivan and Hannah Banks.



The Geelong Tour includes varied racing. A time trial along the Bay at Portarlington starts the event with Stage 1 to be held on Tuesday morning. The 8km test has been interesting in the past 2 races due to the fact that the rider awarded the winner on the day has seen the result amended later on. In 2004, a recording error saw Kate Bates hand the leader's jersey over to Katie Mactier overnight. Last year, in 2005, winner, Kathy Watt, was relegated for an illegal adjustment to her handlebars. The change turned her bike into something reminiscent of a time trial bike, whilst the rules required a standard road race bike. 

Tuesday will also see the riders competing in Stage 2 -  a 30km criterium. The Portarlington circuit includes a hill to the finish line. This circuit too, has caused some excitement in the past 12 months. A year ago, in the Geelong Tour, Oenone Wood and Joe Kiesanowski were separated only after consideration of the photo finish, whilst in January 2006, Wood again had a close finish in the Jayco Bay Series. This time, she and Katie Mactier were judged to have finished in a dead heat. 

On Wednesday, the racing moves to Barwon Heads, were the riders will complete 8 laps of a 10km circuit. With the start / finish area on the coastal road, the wind can be a factor here on the flat circuit. The past two years of competition on this stage have resulted in bunch sprints, with Petra Rossner winning in 2004 and Tina Pic in 2005.

Thursday's road stage is usually a day of dread for the riders. The infamous climb of Mount Wallace occurs about half way through the stage and is so steep that riders typically find themselves overgeared for it. Those with previous experience will be asking their team mechanics to make sure that they have a 25 or 27 tooth sprocket on the freewheel to go with their 39 tooth chainweel at the front. For the contenders, it is important to be near the front approaching Mount Wallace, as the race tends to split. Those who know they do not climb well will want to make sure that they don't lose too much time and that they give themselves the best possible chance of getting back in touch with the stage leaders afterwards on the run-in back to Lara. 


Stage 1 : Tuesday 21st February

Portarlington Time Trial, 10:30am  8km

Stage 2 : Tuesday 21st February

Portarlington Criterium, 2:30pm   30km  (1km circuit)

Stage 3 : Wednesday 22nd February

Barwon Heads,  10:30am  80km (8 laps, 10km circuit)

Stage 4 : Thursday 23rd February

Lara, 10:30am  115km road stage


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Number Name Team
1 Oenone Wood (Aus)  Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung
2 Katherine Bates (Aus)  Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung
3 Eva Lutz (Ger)  Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung
4 Anke Wichmann (Ger)  Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung
5 Trixi Worrack (Ger)  Équipe Nürnberger Versicherung
7 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Univega Pro Cycling Team
8 Emma Rickards (Aus) Univega Pro Cycling Team
9 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Univega Pro Cycling Team
10  Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Univega Pro Cycling Team
11  Sarah Duester (Ger) Univega Pro Cycling Team
12  Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega Pro Cycling Team
13  Judith Arndt (Ger)  T-Mobile Team
14  Lyne Bessette (Can)  T-Mobile Team
15  Kimberly Bruckner Baldwin (USA)  T-Mobile Team
16  Magali Le Floch (Fra)  T-Mobile Team
17  Amy Moore (Can)  T-Mobile Team
18  Ina Teutenberg (Ger)  T-Mobile Team
19  Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas
20  Silvia Valseccai (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas
21  Olivia Gollan (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas
22  Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas
23  Miho Oki (Jpn) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas
24  Elodie Tuoffet (Fra)) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas
25  Martina Corazza (Ita)  A S Team FRW
26  Kettj Manfrin (Ita)  A S Team FRW
27  Ombretta Ugolini (Ita)  A S Team FRW
28  Giorgia Bronzini (Ita)  A S Team FRW
29  Laura Pisaneschi (Ita)  A S Team FRW
31  Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 
32  Emma Colson (Aus) SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 
33  Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 
34  Amy Hunt ** (GBr) SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 
35 Kerryn Charman (Aus) SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 
36  Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 
37  Isabella Wieser (Aut)  ELK Haus NÖ
38  Annette Beutler (Swi)  ELK Haus NÖ
39  Bärbel Jungmeier (Aut)  ELK Haus NÖ
40  Patricia Schwager (Swi)  ELK Haus NÖ
41  Alisha Lion (USA  ELK Haus NÖ
43  Yan Xia Jiang (Chn) Giant PRO Cycling Team
44  Lang Meng (Chn) Giant PRO Cycling Team
45  Xiong Ying Ruan (Chn) Giant PRO Cycling Team
46  Yun Mei Wu (Chn) Giant PRO Cycling Team
47  Wan Yiu Wong ** (HKg) Giant PRO Cycling Team
48  Pu Xiang Zhen (Chn) Giant PRO Cycling Team
49  Larissa Kleinmann (Ger) German National Team 
50  Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German National Team 
51  Claudia Stumpf (Ger) German National Team 
52  Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team 
53  Marlen Johrend ** (Ger) German National Team 
55  Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Australian National Team
56 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team
57 Amanda Spratt ** (Aus) Australian National Team
58  Candice Sullivan (Aus) Australian National Team
59  Hannah Banks ** (Aus) Australian National Team
60  Emma Mackie (Aus) Australian National Team
61  Monia Baccaille (Ita)  Italian National Team
62  Vera Carrara (Ita)  Italian National Team
63  Annalisa Cucinotta ** (Ita)  Italian National Team
64  Lisa Gatto (Ita)  Italian National Team
65  Eleonora Soldo (Ita)  Italian National Team
66  Gessica Turato (Ita)  Italian National Team
67  Kristen Armstrong (USA) USA Cycling Team
68  Lauren Franges (USA) USA Cycling Team
69  Tina Mayola-Pic (USA) USA Cycling Team
70  Kori Seehafer (USA) USA Cycling Team
71  Sima Trapp (USA) USA Cycling Team
72  Meredith Miller (USA) USA Cycling Team
73  Olga Slyusareva (Rus)  Russian National Team
74  Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus)  Russian National Team
75  Tatiana Antoschina (Rus)  Russian National Team
76  Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus)  Russian National Team
77  Irina Zemlyanskaya ** (Rus)  Russian National Team
79  Tamara Boyd (NZl) Team New Zealand
80  Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Team New Zealand
81  Michelle Hyland (NZl) Team New Zealand
82  Dale Tye (NZl) Team New Zealand
83  Sarah Ulmer (NZl) Team New Zealand
84  Susie Wood (NZl) Team New Zealand
85  Masami Mashimo (Jpn)  Japanese National Team
86  Kanako Nishi (Jpn)  Japanese National Team
87  Ayako Toyooka (Jpn)  Japanese National Team
88  Akemi Morimoto (Jpn)  Japanese National Team
89  Youko Okuda (Jpn)  Japanese National Team
90  Hiroko Shimada (Jpn)  Japanese National Team
91  Catherine Sell (NZl) BikeNZ
92  Melissa Holt (NZl) BikeNZ
93  Kara Northcott (NZl) BikeNZ
94  Brei Gudsell (NZl) BikeNZ
95  Rosara Joseph (NZl) BikeNZ
96  Marina Duvnjak (NZl) BikeNZ
97  Rie Katayama (Jpn)  Japan Businessman Cycling Federation (JBCF)
98  Masumi Sakai (Jpn)  Japan Businessman Cycling Federation (JBCF)
99  Takao Nagayama (Jpn)  Japan Businessman Cycling Federation (JBCF)
100 Ryoko Yamaguchi (Jpn)  Japan Businessman Cycling Federation (JBCF)
101 Emi Wachi (Jpn)  Japan Businessman Cycling Federation (JBCF)
102 Edwige Pitel (Fra))  Japan Businessman Cycling Federation (JBCF)
103 Anouska Edwards (Aus) QAS
104 Nikki Egyed (Aus) QAS
105 Louise Kerr ** (Aus) QAS
106 Nicole Magner (Aus) QAS
107 Kate Mercer (Aus) QAS
108 Carla Ryan (Aus) QAS
109 Natalie Bates (Aus)  NSWIS
110 Skye-Lee Armstrong ** (Aus)  NSWIS
111 Sally Cowman (Aus)  NSWIS
112 Kate Nichols (Aus)  NSWIS
113 Kate Charge (Aus)  NSWIS
114 Toireasa Gallagher (Aus)  NSWIS
115 Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) ACR - 2XU
116 Claire Baxter (Aus) ACR - 2XU
117 Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) ACR - 2XU
118 Nicole Whittburn (Aus) ACR - 2XU
119 Bernadette Schober (Aut) ACR - 2XU
121 Kelly Benjamin (USA)  Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
122 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe)  Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
123 Jenny Trew (Can)  Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
124 Kerry Cohen (Aus)  Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
125 Trudy Van Der Straaten (Aus)  Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
126 Helen Kelly (Aus)  Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
127 Jemma O'Brien (Aus) Key Building - South Coast Academy of Sport
128 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Key Building - South Coast Academy of Sport
129 Rachel O'Connor (Aus) Key Building - South Coast Academy of Sport
130 Sarah White (Irl) Key Building - South Coast Academy of Sport
131 Vicki Eustace (Aus) Key Building - South Coast Academy of Sport
132 Belinda Diprose (Aus) Key Building - South Coast Academy of Sport
133 Hayley Brown (Aus)  Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
134 Jennifer Manefield (Aus)  Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
135 Jessie Maclean (Aus)  Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
136 Emma James (Aus)  Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
137 Leonie Aisbett (Aus)  Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
138 Erin Chamberlen (Aus)  Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
139 Alicia Evans (Aus) Landlink Cycling
141 Landlink Cycling
142 Katrina Hair (GBr) Landlink Cycling
143 Kate Cullen (GBr) Landlink Cycling
144 Belinda Goss (Aus) Landlink Cycling
149 Anna Sutton (Aus) Landlink Cycling

** Denotes under 21 rider


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