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Road Race

Valkenburg, 128.8km

 

Preview Road Race

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) has to start as the favourite for the Valkenburg course. The Dutch rider knows the course well, having recently won the overall and final stage of the Brainwash Holland Ladies Tour with a blistering attack on the final climb of the Cauberg. The Dutch do have a number of cards to play, Anna van der Breggen , Lucinda Brand, Ellen van Dijk and Annemiek van Vleuten are all fit and strong. 

Vos will be looking to go one better in front of her home crown and repeat the result of Nicole Cooke (GRB) from 2008 when Cooke won both the Olympic Road race and the World Championship Road race. "World Championships in your own country are special, as I learnt at the cyclo-cross world championships in Zeddam (2006) an Hoogerhei (2009), both of which I won. I am focusing on fold in the road race. Since my first world title in salzburg in 2006, I have just missed out, but I know from experience that winning is easier said than done. The fact that I was usually second in the road races in the past few years was not own to motivation. However, the opportunity to win gold on home soil is an extra incentive. I am relying on the orange-clad fans along the route and I hope they will support me and the whole team on this important day. 

I am convinced that our strong team can turn the race to our advantage. We have enough quality to  so. We know the terrain and it suits us. The Limburg hills guarantee a challenging route and that creates a difficult but fair race. I have been investing in my climbing capacity in the past few years and my confidence on the limbs is increasing. Mind you, I have always performed well in Limburg. I could do those limbs blindfolded. I will therefore have no trouble motivating myself after the Olympic Games. The strongest will definitely win the road race, I really hope that it's my turn this year, " said Vos.

The Americans also have a strong team. Evelyn Stevens, who finished second to Vos in the Brainwash Tour already has two medals this week and will be looking to add a third. 

Italy who have a great tradition of preparing their riders well for World championship, come with a strong team. rising star Elisa Longo Borghini is a strong contender, especially given the uncertainty over 2011 World Road Champion Giorgia Bronzini (Italy). They have former World Champion Tatiana Guderzo and Noemi Cantele as back up possibilities. 

The Germans have a strong squad. Newly crowned World Time Trial champion, Judith Arndt leads a strong team that includes Trixi Worrak, Claudia Hausler, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Charlotte Becker, Romy Kasper and veteran Hanka Kupfernagel. 

Emma Johansson (Sweden) an never be discounted although she may struggle on the tough Cauberg if the attacks go fast. Jessie Daams (Belgium) rode well on this course recently and could challenge Vos. 

With Lizzie Armitstead returning back to the UK, the British team will need to look to Emma Pooley, Sharon Laws, Nikki Harris, Nicole Cooke and Katie Colcough to shake race up. 

The Australians will be pinning their hopes on the inform Tiffany Cromwell. With podium finishes in recent World Cup, Cromwell will be well supported by Shara Gillow, Gracie Elvin, Jessie Maclean, Rachel Neylan, Loren Rowney and Amanda Spratt.

Expect to see the attacks go on the Cauberg with two laps to go and on the final assent. The long climb and fast run to the finish should see a small group fighting out for the coveted jersey.

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Start List

Number Name Country
1 Giorgia BRONZINI ITA
2 Noemi CANTELE ITA
3 Francesca CAUZ ITA
4 Elena CECCHINI ITA
5 Tatiana GUDERZO ITA
6 Elisa LONGO BORGHINI ITA
7 Rossella RATTO ITA
8 Marta TAGLIAFERRO ITA
9 Lucinda BRAND NED
10 Loes GUNNEWIJK NED
11 Anna VAN DER BREGGEN NED
12 Eleonora VAN DIJK NED
13 Annemiek VAN VLEUTEN NED
14 Adrie VISSER NED
15 Marianne VOS NED
16 Kirsten WILD NED
17 Judith ARNDT GER
18 Charlotte BECKER GER
19 Claudia HAUSLER GER
20 Romy KASPER GER
21 Hanka KUPFERNAGEL GER
22 Ina TEUTENBERG GER
23 Trixi WORRACK GER
24 Andrea DVORAK USA
25 Megan GUARNIER USA
26 Kristin McGRATH USA
27 Amber NEBEN USA
28 Shelley OLDS USA
29 Carmen SMALL USA
30 Evelyn STEVENS USA
31 Katie COLCLOUGH GBR
32 Nicole COOKE GBR
33 Nikki HARRIS GBR
34 Sharon LAWS GBR
35 Emma POOLEY GBR
36 Tiffany CROMWELL AUS
37 Gracie ELVIN AUS
38 Shara GILLOW AUS
39 Jessie MACLEAN AUS
40 Rachel NEYLAN AUS
41 Loren ROWNEY AUS
42 Amanda SPRATT AUS
43 Emilia FAHLIN SWE
44 Emma JOHANSSON SWE
45 Jessica KIHLBOM SWE
46 Sara MUSTONEN SWE
47 Hanna NILSSON SWE
48 Isabelle SODERBERG SWE
49 Tatiana ANTOSHINA RUS
50 Alexandra BURCHENKOVA RUS
51 Alexandra CHEKINA RUS
52 Oxana KOZONCHUK RUS
53 Julia MARTISOVA RUS
54 Larisa PANKOVA RUS
55 Lex ALBRECHT CAN
56 Karol-Ann CANUEL CAN
57 Leah KIRCHMANN CAN
58 Veronique LABONTE CAN
59 Joelle NUMAINVILLE CAN
60 Evelyn ARYS BEL
61 Jessie DAAMS BEL
62 Liesbet DE VOCHT BEL
63 Sofie DE VOCHT BEL
64 Kelly DRUYTS BEL
65 Kaat HANNES BEL
66 Annelies VAN VLEUTEN BEL
67 Sandrine BIDEAU FRA
68 Audrey CORDON FRA
69 Sophie CREUX FRA
70 Pauline FERRAND V FRA
71 Edwige PITEL FRA
72 Amelie RIVAT FRA
73 Kate CHILCOTT NZL
74 Emily COLLINS NZL
75 Emma CRUM NZL
76 Linda VILLUMSEN NZL
77 Robyn DE GROOT RSA
78 Ashleigh MOOLMAN RSA
79 Lise OLIVIER RSA
80 An-Li PRETORIUS RSA
81 Cherise TAYLOR RSA
82 Joanna VAN DE WINKEL RSA
83 Clemilda FERNANDES SILVA BRA
84 Alena AMIALIUSIK BLR
85 Maria BRICENO VEN
86 Yennifer CESAR VEN
87 Lilibeth CHACON GARCIA VEN
88 Ivanna BOROVICHENKO UKR
89 Anna NAGIRNA UKR
90 Olena PAVLUKHINA UKR
91 Olena SHARGA UKR
92 Yevgeniya VYSOTSKA UKR
93 Inga CILVINAITE LTU
94 Edita JANELIUNAITE LTU
95 Agne SILINYTE LTU
96 Aleksandra SOSENKO LTU
97 Katarzyna SOSNA LTU
98 Miriam BJØRNSRUD NOR
99 Ceclie V JOHNSEN NOR
100 Lise NOSTVOLD NOR
101 Paulina BRZEZNA-BENTKOWSKA POL
102 Eugenia BUJAK POL
103 Malgorzta JASINSKA POL
104 Veronica LEAL  V MEX
105 Mayra Del Rocio ROCHA MEX
106 Sari SAARELAINEN FIN
107 Jennifer HOHL SUI
108 Patricia SCHWAGER SUI
109 Doris SCHWEIZER SUI
110 Andrea GRAUS AUT
111 Daniela PINTARELLI AUT
112 Martina RITTER AUT
113 Mayuko HAGIWARA JPN
114 Eneritz ITURRIAGAECHEVARRIA V ESP
115 Anna SANCHIS V ESP
116 Ane SANTESTEBAN V ESP
117 Serika GULUMA ORTIZ COL
118 Polona BATAGELJ SLO
119 Ursa PINTAR SLO
120 Petra ZRIMSEK SLO
121 Martina RUZICKOVA CZE
122 Martina SABLIKOVA CZE
123 Pavlina SULCOVA CZE
124 Rotem GAFINOVITZ ISR
125 Semra YETIS TUR
126 Olivia DILLON IRL
127 Siobhan HORGAN IRL
128 Mia RADOTIC CRO
129 Rimma LUCHSHENKO KAZ
130 Lenore PIPES GUM
131 Roberta MONALDINI SMR
132 Kathryn BERTINE SKN

 

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