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Round 8

Open de Suede,  132km

 

Race Writeup

The weather in Sweden was favourable to the riders for their second World Cup in 3 days. After a cool and windy team time trial which was under constant threat of rain, the road race took place in warm and bright conditions with little wind. World Cup series leader. Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling), started the race 43 points ahead of next-placed, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank). With 75 points available to the winner, there was everything to ride for between these two.

The first half of the 12 lap, 132 kilometre race was relatively quiet. Charlotte Becker (Equipe Nurnberger) escaped on her own up the climb after 3 laps, but was soon brought back into the bunch. There was no other attack of any consequence until almost the halfway point. Noemi Cantele (Bigla Cycling Team) and Regina Bruins (Cervelo Test Team) strung the bunch out in a long line when they accelerated on the rolling hills at the ‘back’ of the course, about three kilometres from the start / finish line. This caused a break in the bunch which began an exercise in stamina for those with hopes of victory in the bunch.

In the second half of the race, the bunch was stretched into a line which would break; gaps appeared and were bridged at points all around the circuit. With four laps to go, it seemed that the ‘elastic’ had snapped. There were two definite groups, both almost equal sized and with ninety seconds between them. Cervelo Test Team had taken to the front, with Christiane Soeder doing a lot of work to keep the pace high. However, within a lap and with only 3 laps (33 kilometres) remaining, the two groups were one bunch again.

Then Soeder and her Cervelo Test Team team-mates attacked again. Kristin Armstrong and Regina Bruins also took their turns to wind up the pace throughout the next lap and a half. With twenty kilometres remaining, the damage was done and once more, the race had broken into two parts. This time, the initial selection had been made. A group of 31 riders were left to battle for the win. In addition to the Cervelo Test Team, World Cup leader, Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) and series contender, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) were there. The major teams were also represented; Equipe Nurnberger, Team Columbia-HTC, Team Flexpoint, Bigla Cycling Team and Selle Italia Ghezzi all had at least two riders in the leading group.

The pace was much higher again in the closing lap and a half. Cervelo Test Team rode close-to, or at the front of the break. The pace and the repetition of the climb were taking their toll and as the race entered the final ten kilometres, more tired riders began to slip backwards. At the front, there were attacks even though the high pace made such an effort difficult. A smaller group of fifteen to twenty riders was left to contend the few, closing kilometres and the sprint.

As they turned into the main finishing straight, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) was behind Kirsten Wild (Cervelo Test Team).  Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) was also there with Monica Holler (Bigla Cycling Team). Along the finishing straight, Vos accelerated on the wheel of her compatriot and came from behind the shelter of Wild and squeezed forwards to win. She gave a victory salute only after the finishing line, such was the narrow margin of her win. Wild was a close second, Johansson third and Holler fourth. 

Third place was enough to keep Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) in the World Cup leader’s jersey by three points for the next round in Plouay (France) at the end of August. It had been a calculated sprint from the Swede who said after the team time trial that she did not want to give the jersey up and that it would be a hard battle in this race.

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Post Race Comments

Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) “It was great to win. It was a hard race. In the first few laps you think, ‘it’s a good circuit, its not so hard’ but in the last five or six laps you start to feel the climb and of course, the high speed. But I felt good and I thought that maybe when it comes to a sprint I had a chance. I saw that Cervelo were working for the sprint and I had to stay focussed because of the attacks on the climb. But then I made it into the sprint. It was pretty weird in the last kilometre. I was ‘sandwiched’ and then I nearly bumped onto the kerb and so I had some sprints before the sprint. Then I saw Kirsten [Wild] and I came into the straight on the wheel of Kirsten. That was the best position I could have had. We were side by side and sprinting as hard as we could and in the last twenty metres I managed to come over her.

Emma Johansson (Red Sun Cycling) World Cup leader  “I knew I had to be third, if Marianne won, to keep the jersey. Three points, its not much, but I still get to ride in the jersey one more time.”  Her analysis of the race provided an insight into the team tactics which came to play:  “I didn’t have a super day today. The circuit was hard and there was not so much wind, which I had been hoping for. It was just too hard to ride away. I think Cervelo were riding for a sprint [finish] and when they start riding for a sprint you just know its going to happen. I thought maybe a smaller group could go, but then I realised it was going to be a sprint and I think Marianne [Vos] knew too and she started saving herself for a sprint. She was so strong today and Kirsten Wild too.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position code Name Team Time Gap
1 Marianne VOS DSB 3:25:20
2 Kirsten WILD CWT
3 Emma JOHANSSON RSC
4 Monica HOLLER BCT
5 Andrea BOSMAN LNL
6 Sara MUSTONEN HPU
7 Trixi WORRACK NUR
8 Susanne LJUNGSKOG FLX
9 Martine BRAS MSI
10 Noemi CANTELE BCT

 

more to follow

 

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Standings Top 10 - click here to see full standings

Position Name Team Points
1 Emma Johansson Red Sun Cycling Team 336
2 Marianne Vos Netherlands National Team 333
3 Kristin Armstrong Cervélo Test Team 149
4 Loes Gunnewijk Team Flexpoint 139
5 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg Team Columbia HTC 126
6 Kirsten Wild Cervélo Test Team 123
7 Trixi Worrack Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 121
8 Andrea Bosman Netherlands National Team 95
9 Eva Lutz Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung 87
10 Sarah Duster Cervélo Test Team 82

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