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Women’s Geelong Tour UCI World Cup - Stage 3 Final
By Bart Hazen
Date: 2/22/2008
Women’s Geelong Tour UCI World Cup - Stage 3 Final

Women’s Geelong Tour UCI World Cup - Stage 3 Final
Team High Road doubles with Teutenberg final stage win. Christiane Soeder and team Cervélo-Lifeforce take top overall.

Yesterday the women’s Geelong Tour in Australia kicked off with a short time-trial of 8 km won by Christiane Soeder followed by a 75,9 km road circuit in Portarlington won by Australian Champion Oenone Wood. Today’s third stage was the final tough stage of 155 km in Lara which went over the steep climb of Mount Wallace.

Stage 3: Lara - Lara Road Circuit 115 km
The final stage in the women’s Geelong Tour was a road circuit in and around Lara over 115 km, each lap was about 15 km in distance.

Vicky Whitelaw, Jenny Macpherson and Josephine Tomic, all riders of the Landlink ACT Team, were involved in a car accident when they were riding to the start. They are not seriously injured but were taken to a local hospital for a check-up.

In the first lap the bunch stayed together despite the strong winds. Armstrong won the first intermediate sprint ahead of Katherine Bates and Alex Wrubleski. The first real attack came from Katherine O’Shea in the third lap. She got a maximum lead of around the minute but due to the work of the national teams of the USA and New Zealand she was chased down quite fast.

In the fifth lap Kiwi Brei Gudsell tried her luck together with Priska Doppmann (Cervelo-Lifeforce) and Carlee Taylor (QAS). But these riders didn’t get a free to go from the bunch.

In the remaining laps nothing happened despite a massive crash which forced the first escapee of the day Katherine O’Shea to abandon. In the final laps High Road took the lead in the bunch in order to get a bunch sprint and with success as they finished just like a day ago as first and second. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won now ahead of Oenone Wood and Regina Schleicher. Peta Mullens and Alex Wrubleski rounded off the top 5.

G.C. Podium. Teutenberg, Soeder and Ljungskog. Photo © CJ Farquharson

Christiane Soeder, who lost five seconds in the final stage due to a small gap in the bunch, secured the overall win. During the stage Soeder punctured, but due to the work of her Cervelo-Lifeforce team mates quickly returned to the bunch. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg and Susanne Ljungskog completed the general classification podium.

Team High Road's Linda Villumsen retained the lead in the Best Young Rider classification with her 11th placing overall while Wood was crowned the Sprint Queen of the Tour claiming 18 points from Teutenberg on 14 points.

Team High Road's sprint strength in the Geelong Tour marks Wood and Teutenberg as favorites for the opening round of the 2008 UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup Series being staged at Waterfront Geelong this Sunday from 10.30am.

"I’m very happy. It was an amazing victory for me but it’s also a victory for the whole team. My team did a great job,“ said Soeder.

The Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team won on the Team ranking on the single victory of Soeder, ahead of the Team High Road.  Photo © CJ Farquharson

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Geelong Women's Tour WC
Stage 3 Result
1 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road 2.32.16
2 Oenone Wood (Aus) Team High Road
3 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung

4 Peta Mullens (Aus) Australian National Team
5 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Team
6 Lauren Franges (USA) US National Team
7 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team
8 Carly Hibberd (Aus) MB Cycles Womens C Team
9 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia
10 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team
11 Lorian Graham (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
12 Miho Oki (Jpn) Menikini Selle Italia
13 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road
14 Belinda Goss (Aus) VIS
15 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini Selle Italia
16 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders  Team 0.05
17 Ruth Corset (Aus) QAS
18 Yong Li Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
19 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) BikeNZ
20 Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro  Team

Final Ranking
1 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro  Team 4.41.14
2 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road 0.10
3 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini Selle Italia 0.25

4 Oenone Wood (Aus) Team High Road 0.45
5 Leonie Burford (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani 0.49
6 Kristin Armstrong Savola (USA) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro0.51
7 Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 0.52
8 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 0.54
9 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road 0.55
10 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Team High Road 0.57
11 Linda Villumsen Serup (Den) Team High Road 1.06
12 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team High Road 1.14
13 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team 1.16
14 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro  Team 1.18
15 Lauren Franges (USA) US National Team
16 Lorian Graham (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
17 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 1.19
18 Peta Mullens (Aus) Australian National Team 1.20
19 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team 1.22
20 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team 1.23
21 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 1.24
22 Miho Oki (Jpn) Menikini Selle Italia 1.25
23 Sharon Laws (GBr) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team 1.26
24 Alison Powers (USA) US National Team 1.29
25 Serena Sheridan (NZl) BikeNZ
26 Natalie Bates (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia 1.31
27 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team 1.32
28 Carlee Taylor (Aus) QAS 1.41
29 Ruth Corset (Aus) QAS 1.42
30 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro  1.51
31 Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro  1.53
32 Belinda Goss (Aus) VIS 1.56
33 Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team 1.57
34 Fei Wang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 1.58
35 Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 1.59
36 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
37 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
38 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.01
39 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) BikeNZ
40 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) BikeNZ 2.03
41 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
42 Christina Ruiter (USA) US National Team
43 Carissa Wilkes (NZl) BikeNZ 2.07
44 Helen Kelly (Aus) VIS 2.08
45 Carmen Mcnellis (USA) US National Team 2.13
46 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.14
47 Yong Li Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 2.15
48 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 2.28
49 Karin Thurig (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 2.33
50 Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 2.42
51 Min Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 2.48
52 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.51
53 Felicia Greer-Gomez (Can) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 2.54
54 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team 2.58
55 Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Australian National Team 3.04
56 Marina Romoli (Ita) Menikini Selle Italia 3.05
57 Jemma O'brien (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani 3.15
58 Marina Duvnjak (NZl) BikeNZ 3.17
59 Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team
60 Thresa Cliff-Ryan (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling  3.18
61 Brei Gudsell (NZl) BikeNZ 3.23
62 Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team 3.41
63 Tahlia Paskin (Aus) QAS 3.43
64 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani
65 Hayley Wright (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team 3.45
66 Liz Young (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team 3.52
67 Xiao Mei Huang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 4.04
68 Li Chen (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 4.12
69 Carly Hibberd (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team 4.14
70 Louise Kerr (Aus) QAS 4.19
71 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia 4.24
72 Sheree Mckenzie (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team 4.26
73 Linn Torp (Nor) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team 4.38
74 Amy Dombroski (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team 4.50
75 Kerryn Charman (Aus) VIS 5.01
76 Patricia Palmer (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team 5.07
77 Sorcha Flett (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team 5.27
78 Nicole Whitburn (Aus) VIS 5.37
79 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia 9.00
80 Rachel Neylan (Aus) QAS 9.50

Austrian Christiane Soeder (Cervelo - Lifeforce) has been crowned the 2008 Geelong Tour Champion after a strong performance in the opening time trial set her up with an unbeatable lead.

Soeder held a 25 second lead over Germany's Ina Teutenberg (Team High Road) going into today's 91.2 kilometre Barwon Heads stage contested over six laps of a 15.2km course in blustery conditions. Soeder suffered a mid race puncture but her team mates rallied to tow her back up to the bunch.

Teutenberg claimed the stage win (2:32:16) and ten second bonus with Soeder crossing five seconds later in 23rd place but it was enough for the Austrian to take the win. Her final race time of 4:41:14 gave her a winning margin of 10 seconds over her German rival with Sweden's Susanne Ljungskog (Menikini Selle Italia) third overall at 25 seconds.

"I am really happy," said 33 year old Soeder. "It was for me a big victory, the first time I could win a tour, but it was a victory for the whole team. "It is not nice if you have a puncture, but my team did a great job today," she added.

In a reversal of yesterday's Stage Two placings, Teutenberg crossed the line ahead of her team mate Australian Oenone Wood, with Regina Schleicher (Equipe Nurnberger) third.

The final stage saw a series of early attacks but Cervelo LifeForce regained control on the final lap bringing the race back together at which point the Team High Road train went into action to set up their sprinters.

Oenone Wood
"It all worked out perfectly as we (Team High Road) had the right amount of people there in the end," said Teutenberg. "But I was kind of running out of gears and worried about getting past Oenone." "I think we have ridden really well in the past two stages and it has given me a lot of confidence that all the girls are in really good shape," said Wood, the 2008 Australian road race Champion.

"Sunday's a new race and everyone gets fitter after every race, but we pretty much have someone for every situation so we should have a very good race," Teutenberg added.

The Geelong World Cup is the feature event in the Wheels on Waterfront Geelong festival of sport and family activities incorporating the Geelong World Cup Challenge where enthusiasts can test themselves over an 80km course and the FREE Geelong Advertiser Family Fun Ride that provides an opportunity for the whole family to ride a lap of the World Cup course.

The race action will be shown live on a big screen with on-course commentary. Free family fun will be available in Steampacket Gardens including jumping castles, face painting plus games and activities with the Australian Sports Commission's Active After School crew.

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