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Cooke takes over World Cup lead

Zoulfia Zabirova wins after late breakaway

Sunday 23 April 2006, 124.8km 

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Write-up

Zoulfia Zabirova gave her team a home-country victory as the Kazach rider took a very late break from the bunch to win just a few lengths ahead of a fast approaching bunch of the fastest sprinters in the World. Zabirova rides for Team Bigla, which is Swiss, so the victory was that much sweeter. The sprint for second went to Oenone Wood (Équipe Nürnberger) ahead of Olga Slyusareva (Russia) and Judith Arndt (T-Mobile). Nicole Cooke (Univega) was fifth ad this was enough to propel her into the World Cup series Leader's jersey. 

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile) had gone into the race with a slim 3 point lead in the World Cup over Cooke, so when she rode in to finish 55th, there was no doubt that there would be a new leader. 

The Tour of Berne (Berner-Rundfarht) was run under completely different conditions to last year. There was no rain and the air was warm - 20'C in fact and sunny. Perhaps the only downside to the day was the gusty, variable direction wind which the riders had to face as they completed 6 laps of 20.8km around the Berne area of Switzerland.

Even the roll-out was fast, led by Karin Thürig (Univega), just a kilometre into the race, the peleton was already well lined-out. The pace did not deter attacks, however and one of the first main attacks was by Buitenpoort-Flexpoint's American rider, Amber Neben. She was away for around 30km, with a time gap which had been 55 seconds at its maximum.  

Next to try her luck was the rider who managed to get off the front in Wednesday's Fleche Wallone, Olga Zabelinskaya (Team Fenixs). Although not away for long, she managed to string out the main chasing bunch. The damage had been done by the previous attacks, however; the race was split into several groups by this point. 

Going into the final 20km, the front of the race was all together again. There was a series of attacks and counterattacks around the circuit, but none were successful. As the race came back into the start - finish town of Lyss, Zabirova moved forward and accelerated off the front. Into the final kilometre and she was still away. As the race came into the final straight, it was not certain that Zabirova would stay away, but she was sure and raised her arms in a victory salute to cross the line. The rapidly approaching bunch sprinted in just 2 seconds behind and it was an aggressive effort from Oenone Wood which beat Olga Slyusareva into third. 

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Post Race Comments

Nicole Cooke : This was my very first race in Switzerland. I thought it was a very nice course, very challenging. There were two races being run at the same time - one for the race and one for the World Cup jersey. We made a definite step in the right direction today with me picking up the leader's jersey, so we're very happy. 

Had she recovered from Wednesday's Fleche Wallone ride? We've had four days since Fleche Wallone, that's enough, I think I recovered well.

What are her prospects for staying in the World Cup leader's jersey? We've only had five rounds so far, there are a lot of strong riders lot of riders still vying for position. I expect there will be some exciting developments through the season.

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Results

Position Name Team Time / Gap
1 ZABIROVA Zoulifa  BCT 03:02:06
2 WOOD Oenone NUR +0:00:02
3 SLYUSAREVA Olga RUS  
4 ARNDT Judith TMP  
5 COOKE Nicole UPT  
6 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta FRW  
7 VOS Marianne NED  
8 BEUTLER Annette EHN  
9 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC  
10 WORRACK Trixi NUR  
11 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL  
12 SENFF Theresa AAD  
13 CANTELE Noemi BCT  
14 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN  
15 BRÄNDLI Nicole BCT  
16 PITEL Edwige ALI  
17 LUPERINI Fabiana TOG  
18 HENRION Ludivine LBL +0:00:04
19 OKI Miho NMC  
20 BACCAILLE Monia ITA  
21 HOLLER Monica BCT  
22 PARIETTI Silvia SAF  
23 COWMAN Sally AUS +:0:01:05
24 DE GOEDE Suzanne AAD  
25 HANSEN Trine ALI  
26 GUNNEWIJK Loes BFL  
27 CHEVANNE BRUNEL Elisabeth LPA  
28 WILD Kirsten AAD  
29 ZABELINSKAYA Olga FEN  
30 HAYEVA Volha ALI  
31 KNOEPFLE Bianca GER  
32 LECHNER Eva FEN  
33 DOPPMANN Priska UPT  
34 RASMUSSEN Dorte Lohse ALI  
35 VISSER Adrie AAD  
36 LONGHIN Katia TOG  
37 MAYOLO PIC Tina USA  
38 SANDIG Madeleine BFL  
39 GARCIA Evelyn NMC  
40 HENNES Tanja BFL  
41 TELLETXEA LOPEZ Naiara BPD  
42 CORNEO Sigrid NMC  
43 VILAJOSANA ANDREU Marta NMC  
44 VAN RIE An LBL +0:01:08
45 GAO Min GPC  
46 SCHWAGER Patricia EHN  
47 GUDERZO Tatiana TOG  
48 GROENVELD Josephine AAD  
49 VAN ESSEN Sharon NED  
50 ANDREASSON Veronica SAF  
51 BRUCKNER BALDWIN Kimberly TMP  
52 GRAUS Andrea BCT  
53 LUTZ Eva NUR +0:01:10
54 BATES Katherine NUR  
55 TEUTENBERG Ina TMP  
56 SCHLEICHER Regina NUR  
57 SOEDER Christiane UPT  
58 KNECHT Andrea BCT  
59 CARRARA Vera ITA  
60 NEBEN Amber BFL  
61 JOSEPH Rosara NZL +0:01:15
62 BOZZOLO Laura ITA +0:01:20
63 TURATO Gessica ITA +0:02:02
64 BOYARSKAYA Natalia RUS +0:02:46
65 SENN Mirjam    
66 KIESANOWSKI Joanne UPT  
67 DÜSTER Sarah UPT  
68 RIEDLE Sylvie LPA  
69 MOORE Amy TMP  
70 ANDERSON Kimberly TMP +0:05:59
71 BASTIANELLI Valentina ITA  
72 LIEBIG Tina NUR  
73 RIBEROT Fanny FRA +0:06:07
74 RINGLEVER Linda HCT  
75 GRIMBERG Arenda NED  
76 SLAPPENDEL Iris NED  
OTL DE VOCHT Liesbeth LBL  
OTL LARSON Rebecca USA  
OTL KELLY Helen EHN  
OTL MENG Lang GPC  
OTL RUSO Karin EHN  
OTL ALCALDE HUERTANOS Cristina BPD  
OTL JOHANSSON Emma BPD  
OTL JOHREND Marlen GER  
OTL VAN DE BERG Debby HCT  
OTL ELLIOTT Megan    
OTL SULLIVAN Candice AUS  
OTL D'ETTORRE Alessandra ITA  
OTL KÄSER Nicole    
OTL JAUNATRE Marina FRA  
OTL FINOT LAIVIER Magalie FRA  
OTL SPRATT Amanda AUS  
OTL OVCHARENKO Nina FRW  
OTL WIESER Isabella EHN  
OTL JIANG Yanxia GPC  
OTL FOURNIAL Vicky LPA  
OTL PALCHYNSKA Tatyana FRW  
OTL ANTOSHINA Tatiana RUS  
OTL STALEY Larssyn    
OTL BAXTER Claire LBL  
OTL FRAGNIERE Sylvie LPA  
OTL KOCH Shannon USA  
OTL METZLER Karin    
OTL TELLETXEA LOPEZ Maitane BPD  
OTL BAKKER Liesbeth HCT  
OTL MOSEN Amy NZL  
OTL DUVNJAK Marina NZL  
OTL UGOLINI Ombretta FRW  
OTL ANDERSEN Mette Fischer ALI  
OTL BOSMAN Andrea HCT  
OTL HENNIG Virginia GER  
OTL IBELE Caroline GER  
OTL FISCHER Sabine GER  
OTL PROKYROROVA Natalia RUS  
OTL WU Yunmei GPC  
OTL EIFLER Elena FEN  
OTL BORN Alexandra SUI  
OTL BLUM Katharina EHN  
OTL GRUSKOVNJAK Astrid SUI  
OTL TRAPP Sima USA  
AB GOLLAN Olivia NMC  
AB MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam BFL  
AB THÜRIG Karin UPT  
AB BECKER Christina TMP  
AB BATES Nathalie AAD  
AB ADAMSEN Maja FEN  
AB BUICK Johanna FEN  
AB JANULEVICIUTE Indre FRW  
AB PISANESCHI Laura FRW  
AB CHRISTENSEN Lise ALI  
AB EMMASI Sabrina SAF  
AB FUSAR POLI Daniela SAF  
AB ZILIUTE Diana SAF  
AB TAMANINI Luisa SAF  
AB GIL PARRA Leticia TOG  
AB ITURRIAGAECHEVARRIA MAZAG Eneritz TOG  
AB DAL FERRO Anna TOG  
AB MARKERINK Loes HCT  
AB HELMINK Judith HCT  
AB MURILLO ELKANO Iosune BPD  
AB SCHOONBAERT Kim LBL  
AB VAN DEN BROECK Inge LBL  
AB LE HENAFF Alexandra LPA  
AB THEUIL Nadia LPA  
AB ZHENG Pu Xiang GPC  
AB RUAN Xiong Ying GPC  
AB STUMPF Claudia GER  
AB BANKS Hannah AUS  
AB RHODES Alexis AUS  
AB VAN ALEBEEK Sissy NED  
AB MANSVELD Debby NED  
AB BURKHALTER Stefanie SUI  
AB MOSER Marcelle SUI  
AB WEDER Ramona SUI  
AB WOLFSBERGER Fabienne SUI  
AB MILLER Meredith USA  
AB TILLOTSON Sarah USA  
AB GAUTARD Karine FRA  
AB MOCQUERY Magali FRA  
AB POLLET Aude FRA  
AB KIESANOWSKI Michelle NZL  
AB TYE Dale NZL  
AB WILKES Carissa NZL  
       

Number of starters : 163

Riders finishing out of time limit : 44  (OTL)

Riders abandoning : 43

 

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World Cup Standings

Rank Previous Rank Name / First name Team 1 2 3 4 5 TOTAL
1 2 COOKE Nicole UPT 18 0 24 75 27 144
2 3 WOOD Oenone NUR 0 50 0 30 50 130
3 1 TEUTENBERG Ina TMP 75 35 10 0 0 120
4 17 ZABIROVA Zoulfia BCT - - 30 0 75 105
5 7 ARNDT Judith TMP 0 0 15 50 30 95
6 9 BEUTLER Annette EHN 21 24 7 6 18 76
7 4 MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam BFL - - 75 0 0 75
8 5 ULMER Sarah 0 75 - - - 75
9 6 OKI Miho NMC 50 15 8 0 2 75
10 8 SOEDER Christiane UPT 0 - 50 9 0 59
11 10 MAYOLO PIC Tina 30 27 - 0 0 57
12 11 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 4 21 18 4 10 57
13 13 WORRACK Trixi NUR 0 5 0 35 11 51
14 34 SLYUSAREVA Olga 0 9 - - 35 44
15 12 KIESANOWSKI Joanne UPT 11 30 0 - 0 41
16 16 PITEL Edwige ALI 0 3 27 5 5 40
17 22 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC - - 0 24 15 39
18 14 GUNNEWIJK Loes BFL - - 35 0 0 35
19 15 BATES Katherine NUR 35 0 - - 0 35
20 20 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN 9 18 0 0 7 34
21 24 SENFF Theresa AAD - - 21 3 9 33
22 36 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta FRW - - 0 8 24 32
23 18 NEBEN Amber BFL - - 0 27 0 27
24 19 GILMORE Rochelle SAF 27 0 - - - 27
25 21 BOYD Tamara LPA 15 11 - - - 26
26 23 GRAIN Gina GPC 24 - - - - 24
27 26 BRÄNDLI Nicole BCT - - 0 18 6 24
28 27 CANTELE Noemi BCT - - 0 15 8 23
29 VOS Marianne - - - 0 21 21
30 25 GOOR Sofie VLL - - 0 21 - 21
31 30 LUPERINI Fabiana TOG - - 0 10 4 14
32 28 VAN RIE An LBL - - 0 11 0 11
33 29 VAN DROMME Sharon VLL - - 11 0 - 11
34 32 BACCAILLE Monia SEM 10 - - - 1 11
35 31 MENG Lang GPC 0 10 - - 0 10
36 33 DE GOEDE Suzanne AAD - - 9 - 0 9
37 35 GOLLAN Olivia NMC 0 7 0 2 0 9
38 37 DOPPMANN Priska UPT 0 8 0 0 0 8
39 38 BROWN Hayley 8 0 - - - 8
40 39 ZILIUTE Diana SAF - - 0 7 0 7
41 40 BRONZINI Giorgia FRW 7 0 - - - 7
42 41 DÜSTER Sarah UPT 0 6 0 0 0 6
43 42 TAMANINI Luisa SAF - - 6 0 0 6
44 43 RICKARDS Emma UPT 6 0 0 - - 6
45 45 HAYEVA Volha ALI - - 5 0 0 5
46 44 CORNEO Sigrid NMC 5 0 0 0 0 5
47 46 HENNES Tanja BFL - - 4 - 0 4
48 47 BRADSHAW Toni LPA 0 4 - - - 4
49 HENRION Ludivine LBL - - 0 0 3 3
50 48 RASMUSSEN Dorte Lohse ALI - - 3 0 0 3
51 49 KLEINMANN Larissa 3 0 - - - 3
52 50 GRAUS Andrea BCT - - 2 0 0 2
53 51 HOLT Melissa 0 2 - - - 2
54 52 NICHOLS Kate 2 0 - - - 2
55 54 ZABELINSKAYA Olga FEN - - 1 0 0 1
56 53 PIETERS Cindy VLL - - 0 1 - 1
57 55 EGYED Nikki 0 1 - - - 1
58 56 SELL Catherine 1 - - - - 1

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