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First Swedish World Cup  won by Susanne Ljungskog

World Cup Round 8 - Vårgårda - Open de Suède

Compatriot, Monica Holler third, World Cup Leader, Nicole Cooke second, retains lead

Vårgårda World Cup website

Write up


It could not have been a happier result for the first ever World Cup to be held in Sweden, a Swedish winner.....

Suzanne Ljungskog (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint) outsprinted Nicole Cooke (Univega) (Series Leader) after the pair had been involved in a long-standing break which saw T-Mobile's Magali Le Floche slip off their pace on the penultimate lap.

The small town of Vårgårda, north of Goteberg came alive with the bike race, even more so with such a popular, 'home' win. 

An early break, containing Linda Villumsen (Buitenpoort), Oenone Wood (Nürnberger) and Fabiana Luperini (Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) lasted for a couple of laps, but then Oenone Wood went off course. The remaining pair were caught by the bunch. It did not take long for another break to go. This was a dangerous group and teams, recognising the danger, sent riders across to it. At one stage, it contained 14 riders, including: Neben, Rasmussen, Juanatra, Kiesanowski, Bates (K), Anderson and De Goede. 

Kim Anderson (T-Mobile) made a break, which gained a maximum of almost a minute, but this was too much for the Buitenpoort team. They had already pulled back the riders from the break stranded by Anderson's attempt then Susanne Ljungskog pulled the bunch forward and Anderson was caught.

Ljungskog kept going and was joined by some others who identified the danger of letting the Swedish Champion away on her own soil. Karin Thürig and Nicole Cooke (Univega), Dorte Rasmussen (Bianci), Monica Holler, Zoulfia Zabirova (Team Bigla), Annette Beutler (Buitenpoort), Trixi Worrack (Nürnberger) and Magali Le Floche (T-Mobile) were all there. This group stayed together until 3 laps to go, when, climbing the hill, Cooke, Ljungskog and Le Floche broke away. They quickly managed a sizable gap; this was to be the decisive break. The bunch was chasing, but Neben and Beutler were there to 'police' any serious chasers.

Next time up the hill, Magali Le Floche was dropped, Cooke and Ljungskog continued together. They worked until the final lap, when Ljungskog forced Cooke to the front. Leading into the sprint, Cooke turned right into the finishing straight first, but this was the point that Ljungskog unleashed her sprint, afraid of getting boxed-in, she was also aware of Nicole Cooke's powerful sprint, so she decided to go early. As they came into sight down the finishing straight, Ljungskog was ahead of Cooke. She continued sprinting and managed a smile on the line. Monica Holler (Team Bigla) was third - another Swede, she was delighted and gave a two-handed salute. Trixi Worrack (Nürnberger) finished alone for fourth place. 

The reception for Susanne Ljungskog was tremendous - a popular winner in her home country, she was applauded and cheered as she walked to the presentation ceremony. On the way, whilst she was giving an interview, her father managed to catch up with the winner and the pair shared a hug and congratulations. 

The square in Vårgårda was filled to capacity for the presentation. A pair of local children sung a Swedish song for the winner, with words changed, so that "We say Ljungskog" rang out across the crowd. The celebrations continued long after the fizzy cider had been sprayed (over local children) and it will have been a late night for the Swedish Champion and the first ever winner of a World Cup on Swedish soil.

Vårgårda Cycling Club presented a well organised race on a technical course, which consisted mainly of country roads or town streets. This was never going to come done to a bunch sprint, the 800m hill, covered on each of 11laps saw to that. This World Cup was an impressive introduction to racing in Sweden and although not all of the World Cup rounds for 2007 have yet been awarded, this must surely be a contender for the vacant slots. 

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Post Race Comments

Minutes after her win in Vårgårda, Susanne Ljungskog spoke exclusively to WomensCycling.net.

WCN : Congratulations, how does it feel to be the first ever winner of a World Cup in Sweden?

SL : Its unbelievable! Its like a dream come true.

WCN : What about your team today?

SL : Oh my God, they did a wonderful job today. They were amazing, we knew that the circuit was not so hard. We had to make it hard. They had to make it hard because the hill was not too bad. They created an opening for me to attack and once I had a gap, it was just a case of keeping going.

WCN : Can you talk us through the sprint?

SL : Nicole Cooke is a really good sprinter, so I really had to be focussed and concentrate hard because otherwise she's be better than me, a little bit faster, I think. I was worried about getting blocked in too, so I went quite early, at the 250m to go point. I just went for it, it was so long, but it was great!

 

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Results

Position Surname / Name Team Code Time / Gap
1 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 03:11:56
2 COOKE Nicole UPT  
3 HOLLER Monica BCT +0:00:25
4 WORRACK Trixi NUR +0:00:28
5 BEUTLER Annette BFL +0:00:35
6 BRODTKA Angela AAD +0:00:59
7 LE FLOCH Magali TMP  
8 THÜRIG Karin UPT  
9 WILD Kirsten AAD +0:03:14
10 DE GOEDE Suzanne AAD  
11 WOOD Oenone NUR  
12 LONGHIN Katia TOG  
13 MANSVELD Debby VLL  
14 VISSER Adrie AAD  
15 BELVEDERESI Tania TOG  
16 MENG Lang GPC  
17 OKI Miho NMC  
18 VAN DAMME Evy VLL  
19 MACPHERSON Jenny EHN  
20 GUNNEWIJK Loes BFL  
21 HOHL Jennifer BCT  
22 KIESANOWSKI Joanne UPT  
23 TOUFFET Elodie NMC  
24 EGYED Nikki FUT  
25 JAUNATRE Marina FUT  
26 KUHN Bettina BCT  
27 TORP Linn NOR  
28 VILLUMSEN Linda BFL  
29 VAN DROMME Sharon VLL  
30 ZDNFIROVA Zulfiya BCT  
31 WERNER Laure VLL  
32 JOHANSSON Emma BPD  
33 LIU Yong Li GPC  
34 LINDBERG Marie SWE  
35 RASMUSSEN Dorte Lohse ALI  
36 ANDRÉASSON Veronica SWE  
37 HANSEN Trine ALI  
38 SCHWAGER Patricia EHN  
39 HARE Catherine FBU  
40 AZZINI Emanuela NMC  
41 NEBEN Amber BFL  
42 KELLY Helen EHN  
43 COOLS - VAN DONGEN Jolanda HCT  
44 LI Mei Fang GPC  
45 BALDWIN Kimberly TMP  
46 EIE VATLAND Hege Linn NOR  
47 GOOR Sofie VLL  
48 BERNARDI SDNFina TOG  
49 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC  
50 VAN DE BERG Debby HCT  
51 DOPPMANN Priska UPT  
52 CHRISTENSEN Lise Horslund ALI  
53 ROMBOUTS Sandra BFL  
54 ARCANGELI Lidia BCT  
55 WYMAN Helen FBU  
56 SOEDER Christiane UPT  
57 FISCHER ANDERSEN Mette ALI  
58 ANDERSON Kimberly TMP  
59 WICHMANN Anke NUR  
60 DÜSTER Sarah UPT  
61 LUPERINI FDNFiana TOG +0:03:31
62 SCHLEICHER Regina NUR +0:03:35
63 SENFF Theresa AAD  
64 LUTZ Eva NUR  
65 GUDERZO Tatiana TOG  
66 TEUTENBERG Ina-Yoko TMP  
67 ARNDT Judith TMP  
68 MARKERINK Loes HCT +0:04:36
69 WALLAARD Jaccolien HCT  
70 TELLETXEA LOPEZ Naiara BPD  
71 HELMINK Judith HCT +0:05:58
72 AUNE Karin SWE +0:09:40
73 BRAVARD Mélanie FUT +0:11:20
74 MUSTONEN Sara   +0:19:15
75 STENERHAG Jennie    
76 BAZIRE Sonia FUT  
77 MEEN WARSTED Froydis NOR +0:21:50
DNF BAKKER Liesbeth HCT  
DNF BATES Natalie AAD  
DNF GRAUS Andrea BCT  
DNF AZPIROZ AZPIROZ Arantzazu BPD  
DNF TELLETXEA LOPEZ Maitane BPD  
DNF PASCUAL TORRECILLA Gema BPD  
DNF LASA AGIRRE Nekane BPD  
DNF PRISCHL ChrisDNFel EHN  
DNF BLUM Katharina EHN  
DNF BATES Katherine NUR  
DNF DAL FERRO Anna TOG  
DNF JIANG Yan Xia GPC  
DNF RUAN Xiong Ying GPC  
DNF WU Yun Mei GPC  
DNF JONES-DAVIES Emma VLL  
DNF WALSKAAR Tone E NOR  
DNF SAASTAD Kristine NOR  
DNF FRIESTAD BERGSETH Johanne T. NOR  
DNF GOLLAN Olivia NMC  
DNF CORNEO Sigrid NMC  
DNF JOSEFSSON Catrine SWE  
DNF OLSSON Madeleine SWE  
DNF LARSSON Camilla SWE  
DNF ADAMSEN Maja ALI  
DNF RAMSRUD Line-Rene FBU  
DNF SILVERSIDES Emma FBU  
DNF DAY GDNFriella FBU  
DNF DU TOIT Yolandi FBU  
DNF EHRIN Mirella    
DNF ERIKSSON Caroline    
DNF EHRIN Marie    
DNF BROMS Charlotte    
DNF MOORE Amy TMP  
DNF GAUTARD Karine FUT  
DNF JEULAND Nathalie FUT  

DNF - Did not finish

 

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Current Rankings  

 Previous Position Surname / Name Team Code Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 TOTAL
1 1 COOKE Nicole UPT 18 0 24 75 27 75 50 50 319
2 2 ARNDT Judith TMP 0 0 15 50 30 50 75 0 220
3 7 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 4 21 18 4 10 35 - 75 167
4 3 WOOD Oenone NUR 0 50 0 30 50 10 0 10 150
5 5 BEUTLER Annette BFL 21 24 7 6 18 3 30 27 136
6 4 TEUTENBERG Ina-Yoko TMP 75 35 10 0 0 0 - 0 120
7 8 WORRACK Trixi NUR 0 5 0 35 11 0 27 30 108
8 6 ZABIROVA Zulfiya BCT - - 30 0 75 0 - 0 105
9 11 OKI Miho NMC 50 15 8 0 2 0 0 4 79
10 9 MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam BFL - - 75 0 0 0 - - 75
11 10 ULMER Sarah   0 75 - - - - - - 75
12 12 PITEL Edwige ALI 0 3 27 5 5 15 15 - 70
13 13 SOEDER Christiane UPT 0 - 50 9 0 - 5 0 64
14 14 SENFF Theresa AAD - - 21 3 9 30 - 0 63
15 16 GUNNEWIJK Loes BFL - - 35 0 0 24 - 1 60
16 15 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC - - 0 24 15 21 - 0 60
17 17 MAYOLO PIC Tina   30 27 - 0 0 - - - 57
18 18 SLYUSAREVA Olga FEN 0 9 - - 35 9 - - 53
19 19 KIESANOWSKI Joanne UPT 11 30 0 - 0 11 0 0 52
20   HOLLER Monica BCT - - 0 - 0 - - 35 35
21 20 ARMSTRONG Kristin   0 - - - - - 35 - 35
22 21 BATES Katherine NUR 35 0 - - 0 0 0 0 35
23 22 ZILIUTE Diana SAF - - 0 7 0 27 - - 34
24 23 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN 9 18 0 0 7 - - - 34
25 24 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta FRW - - 0 8 24 - - - 32
26 25 BRÄNDLI Nicole BCT - - 0 18 6 6 - - 30
27 26 NEBEN Amber BFL - - 0 27 0 - - 0 27
28 27 GILMORE Rochelle SAF 27 0 - - - - - - 27
29 28 GOLLAN Olivia NMC 0 7 0 2 0 18 0 0 27
30 29 BOYD Tamara LPA 15 11 - - - - 0 - 26
31   BRODTKA Angela AAD - - - 0 - 0 - 24 24
32 30 WILLOCK Erinne   - - - - - - 24 - 24
33 31 GRAIN Gina GPC 24 - - - - - 0 - 24
34 32 CANTELE Noemi BCT - - 0 15 8 0 - - 23
35 33 DOPPMANN Priska UPT 0 8 0 0 0 7 8 0 23
36 34 GOOR Sofie VLL - - 0 21 - 1 - 0 22
37   LE FLOCH Magali TMP 0 0 0 - - - - 21 21
38 35 PALMER-KOMAR Susan   - - - - - - 21 - 21
39 36 VOS Marianne   - - - 0 21 - - - 21
40 47 DE GOEDE Suzanne AAD - - 9 - 0 0 - 11 20
41   THÜRIG Karin UPT - - - 0 0 - - 18 18
42 37 THORBURN Christine   - - - - - - 18 - 18
43   WILD Kirsten AAD - - 0 - 0 - - 15 15
44 38 VAN DROMME Sharon VLL - - 11 0 - 4 - 0 15
45 45 MENG Lang GPC 0 10 - - 0 0 0 5 15
46 39 LUPERINI Fabiana TOG - - 0 10 4 - - 0 14
47 40 CORNEO Sigrid NMC 5 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 13
48 41 KELLEY SEHAFER Kori   0 - - - - - 11 - 11
49 42 VAN RIE An LBL - - 0 11 0 - - - 11
50 43 BACCAILLE Monia SEM 10 - - - 1 - - - 11
51 44 HEAL Rachel   - - - - - - 10 - 10
52   LONGHIN Katia TOG - - 0 0 0 0 - 9 9
53 46 WRUBLESKI Alex   - - - - - - 9 - 9
54   MANSVELD Debby VLL - - - - 0 - - 8 8
55 48 BROWN Hayley   8 0 - - - - - - 8
56   VISSER Adrie AAD - - 0 - 0 0 - 7 7
57 49 BALDWIN Kimberly TMP 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
58 50 BRONZINI Giorgia FRW 7 0 - - - - - - 7
59   BELVEDERESI Tania TOG - - 0 - - 0 - 6 6
60 51 SCHWAGER Patricia EHN 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
61 52 DÜSTER Sarah UPT 0 6 0 0 0 0 - 0 6
62 53 RICKARDS Emma UPT 6 0 0 - - 0 0 - 6
63 54 TAMANINI Luisa SAF - - 6 0 0 0 - - 6
64 55 GAO Min GPC 0 0 - - 0 5 0 - 5
65 56 HAYEVA Volha ALI - - 5 0 0 0 - - 5
66 57 CHEVANNE BRUNEL Elisabeth LPA - - 0 0 0 - 4 - 4
67 58 BRADSHAW Toni LPA 0 4 - - - - 0 - 4
68 59 HENNES Tanja BFL - - 4 - 0 - - - 4
69   VAN DAMME Evy VLL - - 0 0 - 0 - 3 3
70 61 RASMUSSEN Dorte Lohse ALI - - 3 0 0 0 - 0 3
71 60 RUAN Xiong Ying GPC - 0 - - 0 0 3 0 3
72 62 HENRION Ludivine LBL - - 0 0 3 0 - - 3
73 63 KLEINMANN Larissa   3 0 - - - - - - 3
74   MACPHERSON Jenny EHN 0 0 - - - - - 2 2
75 64 BUICK Johanna FEN - 0 0 0 0 - 2 - 2
76 65 SANDIG Madeleine BFL - - - 0 0 2 - - 2
77 66 GRAUS Andrea BCT - - 2 0 0 0 - 0 2
78 67 HOLT Melissa   0 2 - - - - - - 2
79 68 NICHOLS Kate   2 0 - - - - - - 2
80 72 EGYED Nikki FUT 0 1 - - - - - 0 1
81 69 HOBSON Leigh   - - - - - - 1 - 1
82 70 PIETERS Cindy VLL - - 0 1 - 0 - - 1
83 71 ZABELINSKAYA Olga   - - 1 0 0 - - - 1
84 73 SELL Catherine   1 - - - - - - - 1

 

 

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