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Geelong Tour

21st - 23rd February

Stage 2 

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Stage 2 : Tuesday 21st February

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

Sarah Ulmer tried to make it her race in the Portarlington Criterium on Tuesday afternoon, but was not allowed. The German teams - Équipe Nürnberger and T-Mobile were determined not to let anything get away, so when she made a break with just three laps gone, she didn't really stand a chance of staying away.

Not that she stopped at one attempt; Ulmer tried to get away from the bunch on two more occasions, but was just not strong enough to 'break the elastic' 

In the end, it came down to a sprint, with Rochelle Gilmore popping out of the bunch from nowhere to challenge Ina Yoko Teutenberg and Oenone Wood. They finished in that order, but were apparently lucky - to finish at all - Wood admitted after the race that she had touched the rear wheel of Teutenberg during the sprint -something which could have been disastourous, had she come down....... best not contemplated really. "I stuffed the sprint a little bit this afternoon, I ran into Ina's back wheel and luckily I held it up but it didn't help me for the finish" said Wood afterwards.

Gilmore was naturally pleased with her win; "It was pretty fast and you had the Nurnburger and T-Mobile girls up there trying to get a lead out for their riders and it was obvious that Oenone and Ina Teutenberg would be the two fastest sprinters there. I just felt confident at the finish with a lap to go, I knew that I'd done the work the last few weeks. I've had a good preparation and great support from my coach Wazza McDonald"

Christiane Soeder retains the Leader's jersey, but is now only 3 seconds ahead of defeding champion, Oenone Wood.Melissa Holt is third, 4 seconds down

Tiffany Cromwell from South Australia, riding for Team Safi dislodged Amanda Spratt from the young rider's jersey. 

 

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Results

Pos Name Nat Team Time
1 Rochelle Gilmore Aus SAFI - Pasta Zara Manhattan 56.55
2 Ina Teutenberg Ger T-Mobile
3 Oenone Wood Aus Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
4 Hayley Brown Aus Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz
5 Joanne Kiesanowski NZl Univega Pro Cycling Team
6 Sarah Ulmer NZl Bike New Zealand
7 Kate Nichols Aus New South Wales Institute of Sport
8 Susanne Ljungskog Swe Team Cheerwine/Bicisport
9 Gina Grain Can Giant PRO Cycling Team
10 Tina Mayola-Pic USA USA Cycling Team

 

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Overall Classification     To See Full GC, click here

Pos Name Nat Team Time / Gap
1 Christiane Soeder Aut Univega Pro Cycling Team 1.08.02
2 Oenone Wood Aus Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 0.03
3 Mellisa Holt NZl Bike New Zealand 0.04
4 Svetlana Bubnenkova Rus Russian National Team 0.05
5 Natalie Bates Aus New South Wales Institute of Sport 0.14
6 Sarah Ulmer NZl Bike New Zealand 0.16
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 Ina Teutenberg Ger T-Mobile 0.28

 

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