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World Cup Round 5

Tour of Berne / Berner Rundfarht

 

Race Writeup

 

Edita Puckinskaite (Équipe Nürnberger) took a solo win on a warm sunny day in Lyss, in the Berne region of Switzerland. 2007 was the second year of the Berner Rundfarht as a round in the World Cup series. The race covered five laps of a circuit which rolled through the valleys and took the riders up the steep and uneven climb near Jens northwest of the start-finish town. 

The race started quietly until Tanja Hennes (Team Bigla) showed her Swiss sponsor’s colours off the front of the bunch in the second lap. Hennes created a gap of just over ten seconds, but was chased hard by the bunch, led by the Raleigh Lifeforce team, with Priska Doppmann obvious at the front of the bunch on the climb, where Hennes’ advantage was dwindling. She was caught on the mainly downhill or flat roads back down to Lyss.

The race then stayed pretty much together until the final lap, when Sylvia Parietti (Italy) broke away from the bunch and stayed away until the climb; which was when the race really exploded. A group of nine riders gained an advantage as some strong attacks were made on the climb. Edita Puckinskaite (Équipe Nürnberger) was able to capitalise on strength in numbers, escaping off the front whilst team-mates Eva Lutz and Andrea Graus watched for counterattacks in the group. Also in the break were Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce), Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), Oenone Wood (T-Mobile), Sofie Goor (Vlaanderen), Edwige Pitel (Uniqa) and Irene van den Broek (AA Drink). 

Whilst Puckinskaite was preparing to celebrate her victory as she rode up the finishing straight alone and ahead of race cars and TV motorbikes, the break was sprinting for second place. The sprint was instigated by Edwige Pitel (Uniqa) with about 600m to go, but she was swallowed by the speed of the defending World Cup leader, Nicole Cooke, and the World Champion, Marianne Vos. The pair was duelling for important World Cup points, also in the mix was Oenone Wood (T-Mobile). 

On the line, Marianne Vos marked her twentieth birthday with the sprint win for second, whilst Wood was third. Cooke made sure of her World Cup position by coming fourth. The bunch were closing in on the breakaway and the first seventy-three riders were all awarded the same time.  

Nicole Cooke maintained her World Cup series lead, but her lead is getting smaller. She now has only 56 points advantage over Marianne Vos, who has closed the gap from 76 points at the start of the day. Oenone Wood moved up from sixth to third but she is 166 points adrift of Cooke with four rounds remaining.

 

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Comments

Edita Puckinskaite last won a World Cup in 2005, when she was victorious in Plouay (France). Speaking via an interpreter (none other than Nicole Cooke), the Lithuanian who, like Cooke, speaks Italian commented that “Thanks to my team, I was able to win. We were able to mark counterattacks whilst I was away.” She explained her tactic for the final lap break: “I don’t think I started the race as a favourite, but this meant I could make the break without being marked”.

 

Nicole Cooke holds no illusions about the strength of her lead in the series. With Marianne Vos closing the points gap further in Berne, she commented that “I’ve won the World Cup overall twice and it was a fantastic achievement. If I could do it again I’d be very happy, we’ll see how the season goes.

 

Results - Top 10   Full result - click here 

Position Name / Surname Team Time / Gap
1 PUCINSKAITE Edita NUR 03:06:33
2 VOS Marianne DSB 00:11
3 WOOD Oenone TMP
4 COOKE Nicole RLT
5 LUTZ Eva NUR
6 GRAUS Andrea NUR
7 GOOR Sofie VLL
8 VAN DEN BROEK Irene AAD
9 PITEL Edwige UNG
10 GILMORE Rochelle MSG

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Standings - Top 5

Rank Prev NAME / First Name Team 1 2 3 4 5 TOTAL
1 1 COOKE Nicole RLT 75 75 21 50 30 251
2 2 VOS Marianne DSB - 35 35 75 50 195
3 6 WOOD Oenone TMP 50 0 - 0 35 85
4 58 PUCINSKAITE Edita NUR 0 0 0 1 75 76
5 3 VISSER Adrie DSB - 0 75 0 75

 

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

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