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Games of the 30th Olympiad, London 2012 

 

 

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London 2012

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London 2012 140km

The womenís road race is set to be one of the closet fought races in the modern history of professional womenís racing. The course in unlikely to trouble to top riders and the fast run into the finish should be set for a spectacle of womenís sprinting.

Barring any mechanical issues and any breaks controlled, you can expect to see the lead out trains of no less than seven on the top sprinters teams.

If a break goes, it is likely to go on the first ascent of Box Hill. If the break is not successful, it will serve to break up the peloton and remove the lesser riders.  If all goes to plan for the top teams, you can expect a full charge to the line from 3km out.  With the advantage of 4 riders, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, USA and Italy have the better chances of a medal.

The most experienced team for leading out a rider has to be Germany. They will be hoping, that  Ina-Yoko Teutenberg can add  a missing medal to her tally. Teutenberg, on her best day is the Cavendish of the womenís peloton. Both trained by Eric Zabel, when they were with HTC Highroad. She knows how to position herself and time her sprint perfectly.  The team has one of the quickest women, in Judith Arndt (2012 World Time Trial champion) for their lead out, along side, her is Charlotte Becker and Trixi Worrack. Until this season they have all ridden together on the same professional team for many years.

The German team do have a secondary sprint card to play. As shown last week in the tough Thuringen Rundfahrt, Worrack won the bunch sprint having been led out by Teutenberg.

No one can discount a win from the Dutch team. They also have a number of cards to play. The obvious top contender for a medal is Marianne Vos. At 25, is one of the few riders who has beaten Teutenberg in a sprint this year. Vos wants an Olypmic medal on the road to match her gold medal from Beijing in the points race.

Vos has one of the best tactical minds in the peloton and she knows how to win. She is not afraid to go it alone. She can climb, although Box Hill is not an Italian mountain. She knows how to leverage her team to out-smart the best riders. If it isnít the right day for Vos, every member of the team knows how to win. 2011 World Cup winner Annemiek van Vleuton, despite crashing and breaking her collar bone in the recent Giro Donne, is strong and in the best form of her career. Dutch time trial champion Eleonora van Dijk and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad winner Loes Gunnewijk.

Reigning world champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) can never be discounted.  This season has not been her best.  She has suffered several crashes and injuries, but the Italian team, know how to prepare for a major race. Bronzini has the support of a strong team with former world road champion, Tatiana Guderzo, Noemi Cantele and Monia Baccaille  are all options, each one capable of getting in a break and putting themselves in with a chance of a win.

The British team will be under immense pressure. Defending Olympic champion Nicole Cooke has not shown any real winning. Although, Cooke knows how to prepare for a major race (2008 World road champion after Beijing), she has not raced since the Giro Donne in late June/July. The expectation is that she will form the second option for Team GB behind Lizzie Armitstead.  At 23, Armitstead  is supported by lead-out rider Lucy Martin from her professional team.  The final member of the team is Armitsteadís other team mate, Emma Pooley.  Although Pooley is focussed on the individual time trial, she can attack solo. So Team GB do have back up options.

Despite only having 3 in the team, Swedenís, Emma Johansson canít be discounted. Johanssonís taken out ample victories over the last four years since Beijing, where she took silver behind Cooke.  Johansson is joined by Emilia Fahlin and Isabelle Soderberg.

There are a couple of other teams that have potential winners.

Australian Chloe Hosking at 21, could if she gets in the right position upset things. The whole team, Hosking, Shara Gillow and Amanda Spratt are at their first Olympics.  Hosking has been learning from the sprint queen, Tutenberg for 3 years, turning down an opportunity with the Australian professional team Orica-AIS this year to continue to work with the German sprint ace and learn from her.

Finally, USA have the relatively unknown Shelly Olds in their mix. Olds, started on the track before moving full time to the road in 2009.  Olds has grown in confidence this year. An early season crash forced her to rethink her plans but recent good form in the Giro  Donne showed she can mix it with the best.  Olds has a strong team, Kirsten Armstrong, Amber Neben and Evelyn Stevens can all take opportunities to attack.

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Video Interviews

Interviews with Lucy Martin (GBR) and Amanda Spratt (AUS) before the event.

 

Events

Road Race  140km  Mall

Time Trial   29 km  Hampton Court

BMX Olympic Part

Mountain Bike  Hadley Wood

Start List

Road Race

Number Name Team
1 Nicole Cooke GBR
2 Lizzie Armitstead GBR
3 Lucy Martin GBR
4 Emma Pooley GBR
5 Loes Gunnewijk NED
6 Ellen van Dijk NED
7 Annemiek van Vleuten NED
8 Marianne Vos NED
9 Judith Arndt GER
10 Charlotte Becker GER
11 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg GER
12 Trixi Worrack GER
13 Kristin Armstrong USA
14 Amber Neben USA
15 Shelly Olds USA
16 Evelyn Stevens USA
17 Monia Baccaille ITA
18 Giorgia Bronzini ITA
19 Noemi Cantelle ITA
20 Tatiana  Guderzo ITA
21 Shara Gillow AUS
22 Chloe Hosking AUS
23 Amanda Spratt AUS
24 Emila Fahlin SWE
25 Emma Johansson SWE
26 Isabelle Soderberg SWE
27 Tatiana  Antoshina RUS
28 Larisa Panakova RUS
29 Olga Zabelinskaya RUS
30 Clara Hughes CAN
31 Joelle Numainville CAN
32 Denise Ramsden CAN
33 Liesbet de Vocht BEL
34 Ludivine Henrion BEL
35 Maaike Polspoel BEL
36 Aude Biannic FRA
37 Audrey Cordon FRA
38 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot FRA
39 Linda Villumsen NZL
40 Fernanda da Silva Souza BRA
41 Clemilda Fernandes Silva BRA
42 Janildes Fernandes Silva BRA
43 Robyn de Groot RSA
44 Ashleigh Moolman RSA
45 Joanna vande Winkle RSA
46 Yumari Gonzalez Valdives CUB
47 Danielys Garcia VEN
48 Alona Andruk UKR
49 Alena Amialiusik BLR
50 Xin Liu CHN
51 Evelyn Yesnia Marroquin Garcia ESA
52 Emilie Moberg NOR
53 Christine Majerus LUX
54 Ahreum Na KOR
55 Ingrid Drexel MEX
56 Greta Treier EST
57 Juthatip Maneepan THA
58 Mei yu Hsiao TPE
59 Katarzyna Pawlowska POL
60 Elena Tchalykh AZE
61 Pia Sundstedt FIN
62 Jamie Yiu Wan Wong HKG
63 Mayuko Hagiwara JPN
64 Polona Batagelj SLO
65 Aurelie Halbwachs MRI
66 Paola Andrea Munoz Grandon CHI

 

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