UCI World Cup 2007
World Cup Round 8
GP de Plouay, 114km
Naomi Cantele (Team Bigla) repeated her 2005 victory in the GP de Plouay with a solo win in 2007. After an aggressive race, where she featured in breaks, the Italian broke away on the final lap, to create a 28 seconds lead over second-placed Nicole Cooke at the finish.
The race was
relatively quiet for the first three of 6 laps. At around half-distance, a
by Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla) and Giorgia Bronzini (Italian National Team)
was covered by Susanne Ljungskog (Team Flexpoint) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg
(T-Mobile). The group was joined by several others and maintained a gap
over the bunch for around ten kilometres, until a counterattack on by Marta
Bastianelli (Italian National Team) with around 30 kilometres to go.
Bastianelli quickly managed to create a gap over the chasers. She was joined a few kilometres later on the next climb by Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla) and Judith Arndt (T-Mobile). The three worked together through to the end of the penultimate lap, where they were caught and drawn back into a chasing group of around 15 riders. The group was just a handful of seconds ahead of the main bunch as they passed through the start / finish area with 19 kilometres to go – there was everything still to race for….
During the final lap, Noemi Cantele (Team Bigla), Marta Bastianelli (Italy) and Oenone Wood (T-Mobile) jumped away from the chasing group. World Cup leader, Nicole Cooke (Raleigh) sensed the danger and accelerated across the gap the three had created. The four managed to gain 20 seconds advantage and then at the foot of the final climb, Noemi Cantele attacked her fellow breakaways. The Italian timed her attack perfectly, leaving the three ‘standing’ as she created a gap, which she was able to build upon over the length of the climb to almost half a minute. She then maintained her advantage through to the finish, where she took the time to celebrate her victory in front of the huge crowds.
Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce) won the hotly contested sprint for second place from Marta Bastianelli (Italy), third, and Oenone Wood (T-Mobile), who was fourth. The chasing three were 28 seconds behind the race winner. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) won the main bunch sprint (44 seconds behind Cantele) to take fifth place from Monia Baccaille (Saccarelli Emu) and Marianne Vos (DSB Bank).
The relative positions in the World Cup are unchanged; Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce) retains the lead, ahead of Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) and Oenone Wood (T-Mobile).
With just the final round remaining and with double points on offer for all placings, there are only two possible winners of the 2007 series. Only Marianne Vos can beat Nicole Cooke to the title, although she will have to win or come second in the final race and beat Cooke by at least two race positions. Anything less and Nicole Cooke will retain the World Cup title she won in 2006 and 2003.
Nicole Cooke : "The final break went away with three riders. I jumped out of the bunch and across to the break, going over the top of the first climb on the last lap. It was one of those 'do or die' moments and it proved vital. I'm looking forward to Nürnberg now."
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Standings - Top 10
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