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Road Race Preview

Geelong, Victoria, Australia 2010



The road race course may not have the beauty of European mountains but the courses will certainly challenge the women. The 2010 women’s road race will be the 50th in history and it isn't going to be a race for the pure sprinters. The punchy, attacking riders will be anticipating making their move on a course that should be well matched to their abilities. Based on recent form, you would have to look to Marianne Vos (NED), Judith Arndt (GER), Noemi Cantele (ITA), Emma Pooley (GBR) to be in the mix for the medals. Also in good recent form are the Russian's Tatiana Antoshina and Olga Zabelinskaya.  

Geelong is almost guaranteed to host an exciting, tactical race. Its steepest point, averages out at around 8% gradient, peaking at 13% but the top of the climb actually hits 22% for 120m. The sprinters and non-climbers should not have too much difficulty passing over this climb for the early laps but as the race gets older, expect this climb to split the field considerably. Weather conditions are forecast to be 21 degrees and sunny for tomorrows race so conditions should be good. 

France is leading the all-time medal table with 10 gold medals. The Netherlands will be trying to win their 22nd medal in total, which would put them solely on top, with one more than the Soviet Union. All-time medal table for the women’s road race. 

Some Facts about the women's race:

Only one of the riders in Friday’s peloton has won multiple world titles in the women’s road race. The indomitable Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (FRA) has five world titles to her name. Five riders will try to add a second world title to their name. Marianne Vos (NED) will try to extend her streak of winning a medal in every of the last four world championships. If she wins a fifth medal this year, she will break the record she currently shares with Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (FRA) of winning four medals in a row. Tatiana Guderzo (ITA) will be looking at becoming the first rider since Susanne Ljungskog (SWE) in 2002-2003 to win back-to-back world titles.One of the Australian riders might add her name to a short list of only four riders who have managed to win the world title in their home country.Emma Pooley (GBR) or Amber Neben (USA) might become only the second woman in history to win the world title in both the time trial and the road race. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (FRA) is the only woman to have achieved this feat before. The 51-year old has five world titles in the road race (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1995) and four in the time trial (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001). 

France dominates the women’s road race world championships held outside Europe. The French have won no fewer than five of the editions. This is only the 8th time the World championships held outside Europe. The last time was in 2003 in Hamilton, Canada.

Riders from 35 countries will take the start in Saturday’s women’s road race - the second highest number in the history of this event. Only in 2007, in Stuttgart, Germany, were more countries present at the start line.

Start List

Number Name Team
1 Tatiana GUDERZO ITA19840822 Italy
2 Elena BERLATO ITA19880802 Italy
3 Giorgia BRONZINI ITA19830803 Italy
4 Rossella CALLOVI ITA19910405 Italy
5 Noemi CANTELE ITA19810717 Italy
6 Valentina CARRETTA ITA19890916 Italy
7 Eleonora PATUZZO ITA19891016 Italy
8 Luisa TAMANINI ITA19800131 Italy
9 Chantal BLAAK NED19891022 Netherlands
10 Regina BRUINS NED19861007 Netherlands
11 Loes GUNNEWIJK NED19801127 Netherlands
12 Noortje TABAK NED19880713 Netherlands
13 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN NED19820108 Netherlands
14 Adrie VISSER NED19831019 Netherlands
15 Marianne VOS NED19870513 Netherlands
16 Kirsten WILD NED19821015 Netherlands
17 Judith ARNDT GER19760723 Germany
18 Charlotte BECKER GER19830519 Germany
19 Luise KELLER GER19840308 Germany
20 Ina TEUTENBERG GER19741028 Germany
21 Trixi WORRACK GER19810928 Germany
22 Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD GBR19881218 Great Britain
23 Katie COLCLOUGH GBR19900120 Great Britain
24 Nicole COOKE GBR19830413 Great Britain
25 Sharon LAWS GBR19740707 Great Britain
26 Lucy MARTIN GBR19900505 Great Britain
27 Emma POOLEY GBR19821003 Great Britain
28 Catherine WILLIAMSON GBR19820313 Great Britain
29 Theresa CLIFF-RYAN USA19780619 USA
30 Katheryn CURI MATTIS USA19740529 USA
31 Shelley OLDS USA19800930 USA
32 Amanda MILLER USA19861213 USA
33 Amber NEBEN USA19750218 USA
34 Carmen SMALL USA19800420 USA
35 Evelyn STEVENS USA19830509 USA
36 Emilia FAHLIN SWE19881024 Sweden
37 Emma JOHANSSON SWE19830923 Sweden
38 Marie LINDBERG SWE19870814 Sweden
39 Sara MUSTONEN SWE19810208 Sweden
40 Ruth CORSET AUS19770509 Australia
41 Tiffany CROMWELL AUS19880706 Australia
42 Shara GILLOW AUS19871223 Australia
43 Bridie O`DONNELL AUS19740429 Australia
44 Carla RYAN AUS19850921 Australia
45 Amanda SPRATT AUS19870917 Australia
46 Vicki WHITELAW AUS19770102 Australia
47 Inga CILVINAITE LTU19860214 Lithuania
48 Edita JANELIUNAITE LTU19881216 Lithuania
49 Rasa LELEIVYTE LTU19880722 Lithuania
50 Edita PUCINSKAITE LTU19751127 Lithuania
51 Katazina SOSNA LTU19901130 Lithuania
52 Modesta VZESNIAUSKAITE LTU19831017 Lithuania
53 Liesbet DE VOCHT BEL19790105 Belgium
54 Sofie DE VUYST BEL19870402 Belgium
55 Lieselot DECROIX BEL19870512 Belgium
56 Ludivine HENRION BEL19840123 Belgium
57 Grace VERBEKE BEL19841112 Belgium
58 Tatiana ANTOSHINA RUS19820727 Russia
59 Natalya BOYARSKAYA RUS19830227 Russia
60 Oxana KOZONCHUK RUS19880528 Russia
61 Elena KUCHINSKAYA RUS19841211 Russia
62 Yulia MARTISOVA RUS19760615 Russia
63 Olga ZABELINSKAYA RUS19800510 Russia
64 Karol-Ann CANUEL CAN19880418 Canada
65 Joelle NUMAINVILLE CAN19871120 Canada
66 Denise RAMSDEN CAN19901121 Canada
67 Anne SAMPLONIUS CAN19680211 Canada
68 Tara WHITTEN CAN19800713 Canada
69 Erinne WILLOCK CAN19811016 Canada
70 Toni BRADSHAW NZL19760225 New Zealand
71 Catherine CHEATLEY NZL19830406 New Zealand
72 Emma CRUM NZL19890128 New Zealand
73 Courteney LOWE NZL19910326 New Zealand
74 Serena SHERIDAN NZL19800827 New Zealand
75 Linda VILLUMSEN NZL19850409 New Zealand
76 Sophie CREUX FRA19810708 France
77 Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAU FRA19790708 France
78 Jeannie LONGO-CIPRELLI FRA19581031 France
79 Edwige PITEL FRA19670604 France
80 Emilie AUBRY SUI19890216 Switzerland
81 Jennifer HOHL SUI19860203 Switzerland
82 Patricia SCHWAGER SUI19831206 Switzerland
83 Doris SCHWEIZER SUI19890828 Switzerland
84 Alona ANDRUK UKR19870611 Ukraine
85 Svitlana GALYUK UKR19871119 Ukraine
86 Lesya KALITOVSKA UKR19880213 Ukraine
87 Nina OVCHARENKO UKR19840807 Ukraine
88 Robyn DE GROOT RSA19821226 South Africa
89 Anriette SCHOEMAN RSA19770825 South Africa
90 Carla SWART RSA19871126 South Africa
91 Cherise TAYLOR RSA19891106 South Africa
92 Marissa VAN DER MERWE RSA19780830 South Africa
93 Grete TREIER EST19771212 Estonia
94 Nathalie LAMBORELLE LUX19880201 Luxembourg
95 Christine MAJERUS LUX19870225 Luxembourg
96 Emilie MOBERG NOR19910712 Norway
97 Lise NÖSTVOLD NOR19870214 Norway
98 Fröydis WAERSTAD NOR19870615 Norway
99 Mayuko HAGIWARA JPN19861016 Japan
100 Natalya STEFANSKAYA KAZ19890211 kazakhstan
101 Andrea GRAUS AUT19791113 Austria
102 Martina RUZICKOVA CZE19800322 Czechoslovachia
103 Rosa Maria BRAVO SOBA ESP19760825 Spain
104 Ana Belen GARCIA ANTEQUERA ESP19810130 Spain
105 Belen LOPEZ MORALES ESP19840418 Spain
106 Monrudee CHAPOOKAM THA19821015 Thailand
107 Chanpeng NONTASIN THA19841009 Thailand
108 Polona BATAGELJ SLO19890607 Slovenia
109 Sofia ARREOLA MEX19910422 Mexico
110 Ana Teresa CASAS MEX19911108 Mexico
111 Veronica LEAL BALDERAS MEX19771015 Mexico
112 Noor Azian ALIAS MAS19800905 Malaysia
113 Mariana MOHAMMAD MAS19780518 Malaysia
114 Kimberley YAP MAS19850609 Malaysia
115 Colleen ANG SIN19690920 Singapore
116 Dinah CHAN SIN19860524 Singapore
117 Serene LEE SIN19880513 Singapore
118 Maja MARUKIC CRO19850512 Croatia
119 Kathryn BERTINE SKN19750511 St Kitts & Nevis
120 Valeria Teresita MULLER ARG19740813 Argentina
121 Marcia FERNANDES SILVA BRA19910529 Brazil
122 Ariadna TUDEL CUBERES AND19781117 Andora
123 Tatiana PANINA BLR19691220 Belarus


A number of riders conducted pre-race interviews with the Melbourne Media team:.

Belgian women expect race of attrition.

2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) winner Grace Verbeke (BEL) says a breakaway in the women's road race at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships would increase her nation's chances on Saturday. 

Verbeke said the 127.2km race would be one of attrition as the cyclists ride two short, steep climbs including a 120m stretch with a gradient of 20 per cent, during each of the eight laps around Geelong. "It is hard, and after half the race most of the people will not be there," Verbeke said. "It will be a race with very important last two laps… with a little group you can go to the finish."

Teammate Lieselot Decroix (BEL) said the team's chances would improve if the peloton split during the race. "If we want to go to a podium spot, we don't want to go to a big sprint with a group," Decroix said.

Verbeke said riders could launch a possible escape from the bunch after the second climb finishes on Aphrasia Street. "The section after the hill, it is not quite immediately downhill, so it keeps going," she said. "The winds on the course are also a big factor, particularly close to the coast."

Australian Ruth Corset has a lot of pressure on her. She is the designated leader for tomorrow and after her crash in the run up event, she will be looking to stay upright to give her a chance on Saturday. "It’s fine now, a little bit of bruising but it’s come up pretty good,"  said Corset. Asked about the road race course Corset added, "I’ve been over the course a few times now and we are really excited by it. We were told it was a hilly course so we knew it would suit us, but a lot of the other girls hadn’t seen the course at all and they were pretty shocked at how hilly it was."

On how the race might be run, "I think it will definitely come down to a small group, with the hard climbs especially going to make it difficult,"  said Corset.

Carla Ryan (AUS) chatted about the team readiness for the women’s road race at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships this Saturday, "We’re all set and ready to go. We had a bit of bad luck (ahead of the Herald Sun World Cycling Classic Ballarat on Sunday, 26 September), myself and Tiffany [Cromwell] (AUS) got a bit of food poisoning, plus a couple of crashes on the day of the race, but everyone is fit and healthy and ready to go."

Discussing the opportunity to raise the profile of women’s cycling in Australia, thanks to the Championships being held here, "We race in Europe for the whole year and no one (in Australia) really knows what we do over there. It’s such a low profile sport (in Australia) but, in Europe, it (cycling) is like Australian Rules Football. To bring it out to Australia and give the public a chance to see us is really special for us."

Asked about the significance of the Championships being held in Australia, "Really important, being the home worlds. It’s super special, a once-in-a-lifetime chance, so I’ll be going out there to give it my all."

The race will be rode without race radios, "Everyone is in the same position. It’s not as if you have an advantage or disadvantage, but I think it will make things a lot more interesting. I will have to check the girls and look out for them a lot more. It will be an interesting opportunity."

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