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Road Race Preview

Rudersdal, Copenhagen, Denmark 2011

 

Writeup

The road race course is very different to the course of 2011. The riders start and finish the fourteen kilometer circuit, at the finish line at Geels Hill on Kongevejen. During the race the riders will climb 105m in altitude on each lap. Besides the final climb, the race starts with the small climb at 3,9 km at Slotsbakken. This is closely followed by a climb on the Attermosevej. The Slotsbakken climb is the highest point on the circuit at 59 meters above sea level. While the lowest point is at 17 meters and is after 7,7 km. The finish climb will prove to be the toughest point. 

Like Geelong, it is almost guaranteed to host an exciting, tactical race. The race is geared towards the sprinters and it will be important for them to be well positioned in the final 500m of the race. The most difficult point of the race will be the last 500m. The finish is challenging. It kicks up at 400m to go and does not flatten out until 50m to go. If the  junior women's race is anything to go by, the timing of the sprint is going to be key. A rider who selects to go too early, may run out of steam with 100m still to go. The winner of the junior's race, started her sprint at 150m and kicked again at 50m, eventually winning by 5m. 

The rolling course, is expected to be fast and therefore the bunch is likely to split early and considerably. Weather conditions are forecast to be 16 degrees and sunny for tomorrows race so conditions should be good. 

France is leading the all-time medal table with 10 gold medals. However the Netherlands lead with  23 medals in total, which puts them solely on top, with two more than the Soviet Union. 

Riders from 40 countries will take the start in Saturday’s women’s road race - the highest number in the history of this event. 

2010 World Champion, Giorgia Bronzini, heads a strong team from Italy. They have an advantage of eight riders compared to the maximum of 7 for other teams. They also have two strong sprinters with Bronzini and Baccaille, so expect them to shake things up.

The Netherlands hopes rest on Marianne Vos. With 5 silver medals and only a 10th place in the time trial earlier this week, means Vos is angry and after this win. The team has a few options should things not work out for Vos. Kirsten Wild and Annemiek van Vleuten (2011 World Cup winner) have proved they can both win tough sprints so are likely contenders..

Germany, are on a high after winning two Gold medals this week in the Individual Time Trial. They come with one of the strongest teams in the race. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg is likely to be the designated protected rider. However Judith Arndt (2011 Time Trial World Champion), Charlotte Becker and Sarah Duester are strong and very fit right now. 

Sweden, have the talented Emma Johansson. She has been consistent in 2011 and has a strong support team. 

Great Britain have many cards to play. The team includes, Nicole Cooke, 2008 Olympic champion. The finish will suit the power rider. They also have the talented Lizzie Armitstead. She has a good kick and will like the finish. They also have Emma Pooley, who is expected to attack early and try to stay away.

The Americans have two strong sprinters, Theresa Cliff-Ryan and Shelly Olds. Both riders have had success in the USA and Europe, but neither has beaten Vos, Teutenberg or Johansson this year.

The Belgians, have struggled to have consistent form this year. Maaike Polspoel had recent good form in the Holland Ladies Tour, so may factor in the final sprint..

Australia has a number of options. Chloe Hosking and Rochelle Gilmore will be the watched sprinters. However Amanda Spratt, is relatively unknown, however she was fourth on the climb to Volterra in Toscana last week and is showing she is in good form. She may surprise the bunch in the final sprint.

The Canadian team showed great form this week in the Time Trial. Their sprinters Joelle Numainville and Leah Kirchmann will need to position well to feature in the final stages of the race.

France's current National champion, Christel Ferrier-Bruneau leads a strong team that for the first time, in many years does not include former world champion, Jeanie Longo.

Of the remaining teams there are a few sprinters that could factor, Rasa Leleivyte (LTU), Jennifer Hohl (SWI) and Emily Moberg (NOR).

Start List

Position Name Country
1 Giorgia BRONZINI Italy
2 Monia BACCAILLE Italy
3 Noemi CANTELE Italy
4 Elena CECCHINI Italy
5 Tatiana GUDERZO Italy
6 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI Italy
7 Valentina SCANDOLARA Italy
8 Alessandra D`ETTORRE Italy
9 Chantal BLAAK Netherlands
10 Lucinda BRAND Netherlands
11 Martine BRAS Netherlands
12 Loes GUNNEWIJK Netherlands
13 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN Netherlands
14 Marianne VOS Netherlands
15 Kirsten WILD Netherlands
16 Judith ARNDT Germany
17 Charlotte BECKER Germany
18 Lisa BRENNAUER Germany
19 Sarah DÜSTER Germany
20 Claudia HÄUSLER Germany
21 Ina TEUTENBERG Germany
22 Trixi WORRACK Germany
23 Emilia FAHLIN Sweden
24 Emma JOHANSSON Sweden
25 Marie LINDBERG Sweden
26 Sara MUSTONEN Sweden
27 Madeleine OLSSON Sweden
28 Isabelle SÖDERBERG Sweden
29 Martina THOMASSON Sweden
30 Elizabeth ARMITSTEAD Great Briton
31 Katie COLCLOUGH Great Briton
32 Nicole COOKE Great Briton
33 Sharon LAWS Great Briton
34 Lucy MARTIN Great Briton
35 Emma POOLEY Great Briton
36 Catherine HARE WILLIANSON Great Briton
37 Tatiana ANTOSHINA Russia
38 Svetlana BUBNENKOVA Russia
39 Alexandra BURCHENKOVA Russia
40 Oxana KOZONCHUK Russia
41 Julia MARTISOVA Russia
42 Olga ZABELINSKAYA Russia
43 Theresa CLIFF-RYAN USA
44 Robin FARINA USA
45 Amanda MILLER USA
46 Amber NEBEN USA
47 Shelley OLDS USA
48 Evelyn STEVENS USA
49 Evelyn ARYS Belgium
50 Liesbet DE VOCHT Belgium
51 Sofie DE VUYST Belgium
52 Ludivine HENRION Belgium
53 Maaike POLSPOEL Belgium
54 Grace VERBEKE Belgium
55 Shara GILLOW Australia
56 Rochelle GILMORE Australia
57 Chloe HOSKING Australia
58 Jessie MACLEAN Australia
59 Carla RYAN Australia
60 Amanda SPRATT Australia
61 Vicki WHITELAW Australia
62 Clara HUGHES Canada
63 Leah KIRCHMANN Canada
64 Joelle NUMAINVILLE Canada
65 Denise RAMSDEN Canada
66 Rhae-Christie SHAW Canada
67 Tara WHITTEN Canada
68 Erinne WILLOCK Canada
69 Aude BIANNIC France
70 Audrey CORDON France
71 Magdalena DE SAINT France
72 Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAU France
73 Julie KRASNIAK France
74 Melodie LESUEUR France
75 Inga CILVINAITE Lithuania
76 Edita JANELIUNAITE Lithuania
77 Urte JUODVALKYTE Lithuania
78 Rasa LELEIVYTE Lithuania
79 Aleksandra SOSENKO Lithuania
80 Katarzyna SOSNA Lithuania
81 Chantal HOFFMANN Luxembourg
82 Nathalie LAMBORELLE Luxembourg
82 Fabienne SCHAUSS Luxembourg
84 Linda Melanie VILLUMSEN New Zealand
85 Alona ANDRUK Ukraine
86 Olena PAVLUKHINA Ukraine
87 Tetyana RIABCHENKO Ukraine
88 Eivgenia VYSOTSKA Ukraine
89 Robyn DE GROOT South Africa
90 Ashleigh MOOLMAN South Africa
91 Cherise TAYLOR South Africa
92 Joanna VAN DE WINKEL South Africa
93 Liisi RIST Estonia
94 Grete TREIER Estonia
95 Emilie AUBRY Switzerland
96 Jennifer HOHL Switzerland
97 Pascale SCHNIDER Switzerland
98 Patricia SCHWAGER Switzerland
99 Alena AMIALIUSIK Belarus
100 Alena SITSKO Belarus
101 Paulina BRZEZNA Poland
102 Malgorzta JASINSKA Poland
103 Sylwia KAPUSTA Poland
104 Nontasin CHANPENG Thailand
105 Monrudee CHAPOOKHAM Thailand
106 Jutatip MANEEPHAN Thailand
107 Emilie MOBERG Norway
108 Lise NÖSTVOLD Norway
109 Thea THORSEN Norway
110 Mei Yu HSIAO Chinese Taipei
111 Ho Hsun HUANG Chinese Taipei
112 Hsiao Chia TSENG Chinese Taipei
113 Lilibeth CHACON GARCIA Venezuela
114 Danielys GARCIA Venezuela
115 Angie Sabrina GONZALEZ Venezuela
116 Andrea GRAUS Austria
117 Jacqueline HAHN Austria
118 Daniela PINTARELLI Austria
119 Polona BATAGELJ Slovenia
120 Alenka NOVAK Slovenia
121 Rutar TJASA Slovenia
122 Michelle LAUGE Denmark
123 Julie LETH Denmark
124 Dorte LOHSE RASMUSSEN Denmark
125 Marcia FERNANDES SILVA Brazil
126 Lucienne FERREIRA DA SILVA Brazil
127 Flavia OLIVEIRA Brazil
128 Mayuko HAGIWARA Japan
129 Martina RUZICKOVA Czech Republic
130 Siobhan HORGAN Ireland
131 Pia SUNDSTEDT Finland
132 Eneritz ITURRIAGAECHEVARRIA MAZAGA Spain
133 Belen LOPEZ MORALES Spain
134 Anna SANCHIS CHAFER Spain
135 Verónica LEAL BALDERAS Mexico
136 Marina BODULAK Croatia
137 Maja MARUKIC Croatia
138 Mia RADOTIC Croatia
139 Anita Rita KENYO Hungary
140 Claire FRASER Guyana
141 Dinah CHAN Singapore
142 Paola MUNOZ Chile
143 Kathryn BERTINE Saint Kitts and Nevis
144 Valeria MULLER Argentina
145 Roba HELANE Syrian Arab Rebublic
146 Seba ALRAAI Syrian Arab Rebublic

 

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