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Cooke retains World Cup lead

Race victory ensures Cooke keeps the jersey

Sunday 7 May 2006, 123.3km 

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Write-up

In a race which didn't really get going until the final, punishing third, Nicole Cooke (Univega) made it clear that she likes the rainbow jersey of the World Cup Series leader. With a shriek of delight as she crossed the line ahead of Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) and Susanne Ljungskog (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint), the race victory was sealed. 

The profile for the course, about 200km northwest of Madrid (Spain) gave no clues to the actual severity of the race. There were a couple of long, hard climbs on the long circuit in the Castellan countryside, before almost six laps of a 6.6km finishing circuit which included a 400m, 10% climb. 

As the race arrived back in the start / finish town of Valladolid, Team Bigla's Noemi Cantele was off the front, tantalisingly close, with just a few seconds advantage over the main bunch. Cantele stayed away for the next 2 laps too, but had been brought back by the time the riders crossed the finish line for the fourth of six times. 

The closing 25km were covered at speed, with the bunch lined-out along the streets of Valladolid. Attempt after attempt went away and was then brought back. With 7km to go, Kimberly Bruckner Baldwin (T-Mobile) had a small lead as she descended the hill opposite the finishing line, only to have been swallowed back into the bunch 500m later, when the bunch crossed the line for one lap to go.

A lap later, the bunch was completely strung out, with riders preparing themselves for the uphill sprint to come. As they came into sight on the line, Cooke and Arndt were having a battle between themselves, the other contenders were already fighting out third place.......

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Post Race Comments

Cooke's post-race congratulations from team-mates and team staff showed the delight of all the Univega squad with the win. She was obviously delighted with the result - even after the podium presentations, there was an obvious excitement in her voice. 

This was her exclusive, post-race reaction >>

"Incredible!....  Its so nice when it comes off. Today, I thought I was going to be riding more defensively and not go for the all-out win, but for it to come to the finish and to have to deliver......... Oh, it was just amazing afterwards!  (She beamed a huge, excited smile)  The whole team was 'dialled' perfectly and this really is a team victory. I'm just so happy that I could do it for the girls"

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Results  

Posn  Surname / First name Team Code Time/Gap
1 COOKE Nicole UPT 03:22:42
2 ARNDT Judith TMP  
3 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL  
4 SENFF Theresa AAD  
5 ZILIUTE Diana SAF  
6 GUNNEWIJK Loes BFL  
7 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC +0:00:04
8 GOLLAN Olivia NMC +0:00:05
9 PITEL Edwige ALI +0:00:11
10 KIESANOWSKI Joanne UPT +0:00:15
11 WOOD Oenone NUR +0:00:31
12 SLYUSAREVA Olga RUS  
13 CORNEO Sigrid NMC  
14 DOPPMANN Priska UPT  
15 BRÄNDLI Nicole BCT  
16 GAO Min GPC  
17 VAN DROMME Sharon VLL  
18 BEUTLER Annette EHN +0:00:34
19 SANDIG Madeleine BFL  
20 GOOR Sofie VLL  
21 RASMUSSEN Dorte Lohse ALI +0:00:36
22 WERNER Laure VLL  
23 ANDERSON Kimberly TMP  
24 WORRACK Trixi NUR +0:00:38
25 VILAJOSANA ANDREU Marta NMC +0:01:05
26 VISSER Adrie AAD  
27 ZABIROVA Zoulfia BCT  
28 BRUCKNER BALDWIN Kimberly TMP  
29 GRAUS Andrea BCT +0:01:07
30 HAYEVA Volha ALI +0:01:10
31 MOORE Amy TMP +0:02:34
32 OKI Miho NMC  
33 KNECHT Andrea BCT +0:04:13
34 DÜSTER Sarah UPT  
35 LOPEZ Belen ESP  
36 KELLY Helen EHN +0:04:15
37 SCHWAGER Patricia EHN  
38 ZUGNO Anna SAF  
39 LONGHIN Katia TOG  
40 BOYARSKAYA Natalia RUS  
41 VAN DEN BROECK Inge LBL  
42 DE GOEDE Suzanne AAD  
43 VERBEKE Grace LBL  
44 JOHANSSON Emma BPD  
45 RICKARDS Emma UPT  
46 HANSEN Trine ALI  
47 MENG Lang GPC  
48 GRAB Sarah UPT  
49 GROENVELD Josephine AAD  
50 FUSAR POLI Daniela SAF  
51 VYNCKE Miek VLL  
52 ANTOSHINA Tatiana RUS  
53 MURILLO ELKANO Iosune BPD  
54 ALCALDE HUERTANOS Cristina BPD  
55 HENESTROSA Ana ESP  
56 CANTELE Noemi BCT  
57 BRODTKA Angela AAD  
58 TAMANINI Luisa SAF +0:04:20
59 URBONAITE Zita SAF  
60 PIETERS Cindy VLL +0:04:21
61 LUTZ Eva NUR  
62 GUDERZO Tatiana TOG +0:04:26
63 WATT Kathryn LBL +0:05:59
64 DERVAN Siobhan LBL +0:07:05
65 RUAN Xiong Ying GPC  
66 LASA Nekane   +0:07:16
67 BAXTER Claire LBL +0:08:25
68 WU Yunmei GPC  
69 TELLETXEA LOPEZ Naiara BPD  
70 GIL PARRA Leticia TOG +0:09:50
OTL JIANG Yanxia GPC +0:11:04
OTL GARCIA Ana Belen ESP  
OTL PALOP RUBIO Alicia   +0:11:24
OTL SANCHIS CHAFER Anna   +0:11:31
OTL CHRISTENSEN Lise ALI +0:12:07
OTL WIESER Isabella EHN  
OTL BLAZQUEZ LOZANO Fatima   +0:12:45
OTL TIRADO MARQUEZ Silvia ESP +0:13:23
OTL AZPIROZ Arantzazu BPD +0:14:31
OTL TELLETXEA LOPEZ Maitane BPD  
AB SCHLEICHER Regina NUR  
AB HÄUSLER Claudia NUR  
AB BATES Katherine NUR  
AB TEUTENBERG Ina TMP  
AB BECKER Christina TMP  
AB MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam BFL  
AB ARCANGELI Lidia BCT  
AB BELVEDERESI Tania TOG  
AB VALSECCHI Silvia NMC  
AB GALVEZ LOPEZ Debora ESP  
AB MARTIN MORALES Maria Auxiliadora ESP  
AB ZHENG Pu Xiang GPC  
AB ZEMLYANSKAYA Irina RUS  
AB PROKUROROVA Natalia RUS  
AB BATES Nathalie AAD  
AB ARETXABALA GONZALEZ Jone    
AB EPELDE Mireia    
AB GILMARTIN HERNANGOMEZ Estela    
AB ORTIZ MATO Sara    
AB DIEZ DE ULZURRA ALVAREZ Maria    
AB PEREZ JIMENEZ Patricia    
AB PALOP Paula    
AB HENRION Ludivine LBL  
AB VAN DAMME Evy VLL  
AB ALZOLA Naia    
AB GALLASTEGUI Maria    
AB OLITE Sara    
AB MENDIA Ane    
AB SALCEDO Adela    
AB SANCHEZ BENITO Azucena    
AB MARQUEZ Almudena    
AB PASCUAL RUIZ Susana    

 

Number of starters: 112 

Riders finishing out of time limit: 10 

Riders abandoning the race: 32

AB   = did not finish 32 

DNS = did not start 0 

DQ  = disqualified 0 

OTL = outside time limit 10

 

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World Cup Standings  

Details courtesy UCI

Rank

Previous

Rank

Surname / First name TT 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
1 1 COOKE Nicole UPT 18 0 24 75 27 75 219
2 5 ARNDT Judith TMP 0 0 15 50 30 50 145
3 2 WOOD Oenone NUR 0 50 0 30 50 10 140
4 3 TEUTENBERG Ina TMP 75 35 10 0 0 0 120
5 4 ZABIROVA Zoulfia BCT - - 30 0 75 0 105
6 12 LJUNGSKOG Susanne BFL 4 21 18 4 10 35 92
7 6 BEUTLER Annette EHN 21 24 7 6 18 3 79
8 7 MELCHERS-VAN POPPEL Mirjam BFL - - 75 0 0 0 75
9 8 ULMER Sarah   0 75 - - - - 75
10 9 OKI Miho NMC 50 15 8 0 2 0 75
11 21 SENFF Theresa AAD - - 21 3 9 30 63
12 17 PUCINSKAITE Edita NMC - - 0 24 15 21 60
13 10 SOEDER Christiane UPT 0 - 50 9 0 - 59
14 18 GUNNEWIJK Loes BFL - - 35 0 0 24 59
15 11 MAYOLO PIC Tina   30 27 - 0 0 - 57
16 16 PITEL Edwige ALI 0 3 27 5 5 15 55
17 14 SLYUSAREVA Olga   0 9 - - 35 9 53
18 15 KIESANOWSKI Joanne UPT 11 30 0 - 0 11 52
19 13 WORRACK Trixi NUR 0 5 0 35 11 0 51
20 19 BATES Katherine NUR 35 0 - - 0 0 35
21 40 ZILIUTE Diana SAF - - 0 7 0 27 34
22 20 BUBNENKOVA Svetlana FEN 9 18 0 0 7 - 34
23 22 VZESNIAUSKAITE Modesta FRW - - 0 8 24 - 32
24 27 BRÄNDLI Nicole BCT - - 0 18 6 6 30
25 23 NEBEN Amber BFL - - 0 27 0 - 27
26 24 GILMORE Rochelle SAF 27 0 - - - - 27
27 37 GOLLAN Olivia NMC 0 7 0 2 0 18 27
28 25 BOYD Tamara LPA 15 11 - - - - 26
29 26 GRAIN Gina GPC 24 - - - - - 24
30 28 CANTELE Noemi BCT - - 0 15 8 0 23
31 30 GOOR Sofie VLL - - 0 21 - 1 22
32 29 VOS Marianne   - - - 0 21 - 21
33 33 VAN DROMME Sharon VLL - - 11 0 - 4 15
34 38 DOPPMANN Priska UPT 0 8 0 0 0 7 15
35 31 LUPERINI Fabiana TOG - - 0 10 4 - 14
36 46 CORNEO Sigrid NMC 5 0 0 0 0 8 13
37 32 VAN RIE An LBL - - 0 11 0 - 11
38 34 BACCAILLE Monia SEM 10 - - - 1 - 11
39 35 MENG Lang GPC 0 10 - - 0 0 10
40 36 DE GOEDE Suzanne AAD - - 9 - 0 0 9
41 39 BROWN Hayley   8 0 - - - - 8
42 41 BRONZINI Giorgia FRW 7 0 - - - - 7
43 42 DÜSTER Sarah UPT 0 6 0 0 0 0 6
44 44 RICKARDS Emma UPT 6 0 0 - - 0 6
45 43 TAMANINI Luisa SAF - - 6 0 0 0 6
46   GAO Min GPC 0 0 - - 0 5 5
47 45 HAYEVA Volha ALI - - 5 0 0 0 5
48 47 HENNES Tanja BFL - - 4 - 0 - 4
49 48 BRADSHAW Toni LPA 0 4 - - - - 4
50 50 RASMUSSEN Dorte Lohse ALI - - 3 0 0 0 3
51 49 HENRION Ludivine LBL - - 0 0 3 0 3
52 51 KLEINMANN Larissa   3 0 - - - - 3
53   SANDIG Madeleine BFL - - - 0 0 2 2
54 52 GRAUS Andrea BCT - - 2 0 0 0 2
55 53 HOLT Melissa   0 2 - - - - 2
56 54 NICHOLS Kate   2 0 - - - - 2
57 56 PIETERS Cindy VLL - - 0 1 - 0 1
58 55 ZABELINSKAYA Olga FEN - - 1 0 0 - 1
59 57 EGYED Nikki   0 1 - - - - 1
60 58 SELL Catherine   1 - - - - - 1

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