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Geelong Tour

21st - 23rd February

Stage 1 

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Stage 1 : Tuesday 21st February

Portarlington Time Trial, 10:30am  8km

Christiane Soeder took the new look purple leader's jersey in the 2006 Geelong Tour on Tuesday morning. Her time trial performance was 5 seconds faster than both Russian, Svetlana Bubnenkova and Melissa Holt from New Zealand. Soeder rides for Univega, which is the team of World TT Champion, Karin Thürig (not in Melbourne this week), perhaps some of the technique has 'rubbed off'?....  The morning was almost perfect for time trialling. Riders reported a headwind on the way out to the turn of the out-and-back course, but it was nothing significant. The temperature was in the early 20s 'C and the skies were overcast, adding to the good conditions.

Soeder has been in Melbourne for the past 6 weeks. She has been training and racing in club events with local team-mate, Emma Rickards, as well as Priska Doppman and Sara Duester. Jo Kiesanowski and Nicole Cooke have joined the Univega "training camp" in Australia in just the past couple of weeks.  

Amanda Spratt rode strongly to take the lead in the Under 21 competition. She was pleased to be wearing the jersey, but told WCN that it would not necessarily be an Australian National Team strategy to protect it. She knows very well that the Portarlington criterium circuit is a tough one and pointed out that there would be more competitors on it than ever, with over 130 starters in the 2006 Geelong Tour. 

 

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Results  Top 10               Click here for full result

Position Name Nat Team Time / Gap
1 Christiane Soeder Aut Univega Pro Cycling Team 11.07.51
2 Svetlana Bubnenkova Rus Russian National Team 0.04.53
3 Mellisa Holt NZl Bike New Zealand 0.05.31
4 Oenone Wood Aus Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.11.41
5 Natalie Bates Aus New South Wales Institute of Sport 0.13.93
6 Sarah Ulmer NZl Bike New Zealand 0.17.60
7 Katherine Bates Aus Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.20.88
8 Kristen Armstrong USA USA Cycling Team 0.24.79
9 Priska Doppmann Swi Univega Pro Cycling Team 0.27.01
10 Judith Arndt Ger T-Mobile 0.33.54

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Overall Classification Top 10               Click here for Full GC

Position

Name

Nat Team Time / Gap
1 Christiane Soeder Aut Univega Pro Cycling Team 11.07
2 Svetlana Bubnenkova Rus Russian National Team 0.05
3 Mellisa Holt NZl Bike New Zealand
4 Oenone Wood Aus Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.11
5 Natalie Bates Aus New South Wales Institute of Sport 0.14
6 Sarah Ulmer NZl Bike New Zealand 0.18
7 Katherine Bates Aus Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.21
8 Kristen Armstrong USA USA Cycling Team 0.25
9 Priska Doppmann Swi Univega Pro Cycling Team 0.27
10 Judith Arndt Ger T-Mobile 0.34

 

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Best Young Rider
1 Amanda Spratt Aus Australian National Team 12.01
2 Amy Hunt GBr SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 0.21
3 Hannah Banks Aus Australian National Team 0.22
4 Louise Kerr Aus Queensland Academy of Sport
5 Irina Zemlyanskaya Rus Russian National Team 0.35
6 Tiffany Cromwell Aus SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 0.4
7 Marlen Johrend Ger German National Team 0.47
8 Annalisa Cucinotta Ita Italian National Team 1.27
Sprint classification
1 Christiane Soeder Aut Univega Pro Cycling Team 8 pts
2 Svetlana Bubnenkova Rus Russian National Team 6
3 Mellisa Holt NZl Bike New Zealand 4

 

 

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