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Women’s World Cup #1 - Geelong (Australia)
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 2/25/2008
Women’s World Cup #1 - Geelong (Australia)
 

Women’s World Cup #1 - Geelong (Australia)
Webcor Builder's Katheryn Curi Mattis and Cervelo/Lifeforce's Emma Rickards stay away for victory!

Sunday the 2008 women’s World Cup kicked off in Geelong, Australia. The past week the riders competed already in the Geelong Tour which was won by Christiane Soeder (Cervelo-Lifeforce). Last years winner Nicole Cooke didn’t start in the race as she is starting her season a bit later with an eye on the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The women faced eight laps of 14.8 km today. The weather was OK despite a slight wind. By the end of the first lap we had a break of twelve riders with Belinda Goss (VIS) and Suzanne de Goede (Equipe Nürnberger) and others. They got a maximum gap of 55 seconds at the end of the second lap and that was the sign for High Road to start chasing.

In one laps time High Road closed the gap to the break of 12 and immediately Emma Rickards (Cervelo-Lifeforce) and Katheryn Curi Mattis (Webcor) decided to give it a go.


Rickarts and Mattis on their attack in Geelong.
 photo c. Cervelo/Lifeforce

By the end of the third lap the duo had a gap of 45 seconds and it was still growing. There maximum lead went to almost 7.00 minutes in the sixth lap as they really worked well together. After the climb in the sixth lap, with two laps to go, it was time for High Road to start chasing again as nobody else was willing to chase.

The gap started to drop with High Road and later Equipe Nürnberger joined in setting the pace. Going into the final lap the gap was still 3.00; it seemed the bunch had underestimated the capacities of the two girls in front.

The chase of High Road and Equipe Nürnberger came too late as the two in front battled it out for the win with two minutes in hand. American Katheryn Curi Mattis won the first World Cup of the season in a sprint with two ahead of Rickards. High Roads Ina-Yoko Teutenberg won the bunch sprint for third at 1.08 of the duo in front.

"It's unbelievable, it was a spectacular day," said Mattis who now leads the World Cup series. "The spectators were awesome and the course was really hard and my team raced great."  "I could have never guessed it would be the two of us out there together, but it's just great," said Mattis. "With about a kilometre to go, it became a cat and mouse game and I am not known as a sprinter but I sort of unleashed my inner sprinter I guess."


Emma Rickards photo c. Cervelo/Lifeforce

"I have some mixed emotions because when you go so close, of course you want to be in that jersey, but to finish second in a World Cup is just amazing," said the 24 year old Victorian. "I felt confident that I could finish off with a good sprint, but it wasn't quite to be... "For a World Cup and one in my own country I am ecstatic that I am on the podium, it's the best result for me ever," says Rickards after the race.

German star Ina Tuetenberg (Team High Road) once again showed her class by sprinting home in third at the head of the main peloton one minute and eight seconds behind the leaders. However she lamented a missed opportunity and was disappointed by the lack of assistance given to her and her High Road team mates during the chase. "We did everything we could, the girls were falling off the bike at the end of the race, so you couldn't ask for more, but maybe we miscalculated and should have gone a little bit earlier," said Teutenberg. Team High Road had an excellent weekend with Bernhard Eisel’s stage win in Algarve. The Women’s team’s youngest rider, Emilia Fahlin won her first race of the season in Merced, California and George Hincapie won the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California at the end of another epic breakaway.

The World Cup will continue in about one month with the World Cup in Cittiglio – Varese (also called the Trofeo Binda) on March 24. The next race on the calendar will be next week with the New Zealand Tour.

Women’s World Cup #1 - Geelong Results
1 Katheryn Curi Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders   3.04.46
2 Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
3 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road 1.08

4 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia
5 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
6 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
7 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team
8 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
9 Gina Grain (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
10 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
11 Miho Oki (Jpn) Menikini Selle Italia
12 Peta Mullens (Aus) Australian National Team
13 Carly Hibberd (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team
14 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
15 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team
16 Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
17 Carissa Wilkes (NZl) BikeNZ
18 Carlee Taylor (Aus) QAS
19 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
20 Yong Li Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
21 Leonie Burford (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani
22 Lauren Franges (USA) US National Team
23 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) BikeNZ
24 Lorian Graham (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
25 Jemma O'brien (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani
26 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
27 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
28 Katie Mactier (Aus) VIS
29 Serena Sheridan (NZl) BikeNZ
30 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
31 Ruth Corset (Aus) QAS
32 Fei Wang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
33 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) BikeNZ
34 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team
35 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team
36 Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team
37 Kristin Armstrong Savola (USA) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Team
38 Oenone Wood (Aus) Team High Road
39 Alison Powers (USA) US National Team
40 Alex Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
41 Min Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
42 Natalie Bates (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia
43 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
44 Christina Ruiter (USA) US National Team
45 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
46 Belinda Goss (Aus) VIS 2.51
47 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team
48 Carmen Mcnellis (USA) US National Team
49 Helen Kelly (Aus) VIS
50 Alex Rhodes (Aus) Team High Road Women
51 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland 5.34
52 Marina Duvnjak (NZl) BikeNZ
53 Linda Villumsen Serup (Den) Team High Road
54 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team High Road 7.26
55 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team 7.39
HD Deborah Fagg (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team
HD Olivia Gollan (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia
DNS Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini Selle Italia
DNF Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road
DNF Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
DNF Marina Romoli (Ita) Menikini Selle Italia
DNF Nikki Egyed (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
DNF Xiao Mei Huang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
DNF Li Chen (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling
DNF Amy Dombroski (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
DNF Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team
DNF Jocelyn Loane (Aus) Australian National Team
DNF Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Australian National Team
DNF Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team
DNF Brei Gudsell (NZl) BikeNZ
DNF Lisa Friend (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani
DNF Kate Finegan (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani
DNF Sue Forsyth (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani
DNF Louise Kerr (Aus) QAS
DNF Tahlia Paskin (Aus) QAS
DNF Rachel Neylan (Aus) QAS
DNF Nicole Whitburn (Aus) VIS
DNF Katherine O'shea (Aus) VIS
DNF Jessica Berry (Aus) VIS
DNF Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team
DNF Josephine Tomic (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team
DNF Liz Young (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team
DNF Hayley Wright (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team
DNF Patricia Palmer (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team
DNF Sheree Mckenzie (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team

Cervélo-Lifeforce Report
Second place for Emma Rickards

24 February, 2008 – Emma Rickards (AUS) from Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team took second place in today’s UCI women’s World Cup kick-off in Australia, finishing shortly behind the day winner Katheryn Matthis (USA, Webcor Builders) in a total race time of 3:04:46.

The team Cervélo-Lifeforce dominated the race from the start to the end. Thanks to early attacks from Karin Thürig and Priska Doppmann, a group of 12 racers went away. The High Road team from Ina Teutenberg was in the defensive position and had to react. With a hard work, they closed the gap but than the racers of the Cervélo-Lifeforce Team launched again, first Priska Doppmann and than the final attack from the 34-year-old Emma Rickards.

Together with Katheryn Matthis, Emma Rickards gain an advantage of nearly 7 min to the following group. After a chase of the team High Road, there was still a two minutes gap between the leaders Rickards and Matthis. Then the tactics launched … 200 m before the finish, Matthis started the final sprint and unfortunately, Rickards was not able to beat her.

"For a World Cup and one in my own country I am ecstatic that I am on the podium, it's the best result for me ever," says Rickards after the race.

The success of Emma Rickards is a result of a perfect performance of whole Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team. Next on the schedule of the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team is the Women’s Tour of New Zealand from February, 27th to March, 2nd.

More information: www.geelongworldcup.com

 

 
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