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Women's World Cup 6 - Tour de Berne
By Bart Hazen
Date: 5/4/2008
Women's World Cup 6 - Tour de Berne

Women's World Cup 6 - Tour de Berne
Susanne Ljungskog Wins after a 15 km solo attack holding off Arndt and Melchers-van Poppel. Arndt takes the white jersey of the World Cup leader.

The sixth Women’s World Cup of the season the  Tour de Berne in Switzerland held today. 161 riders from 28 teams took the start in sunny weather conditions. World Cup leader Marianne Vos. wasn't present; she was riding the Gracia Orlova this week in the Czech-Republic where she won three stages and the overall ranking.

From the beginning the 135.8 km race was off to a fast start on the first of the 4 - 33.95 km circuits. Because of  high pace the bunch shattered early into several chasing groups. A large group took off on the front and the other groups couldn't respond and would be left to chase.

In the second circuit Swiss time-trial specialist Karin Thürig who attacked. Thurig built a lead of 25 seconds but was caught on the climb. In the second group, Australian Champion and third in the 2007 edition Oenone Wood and Suzanne de Goede (2nd in World Cup) chased. With Vos away it was unlikely that the Dutchwoman would have the World Cup jersey by the end of the day.

In the penultimate lap Cervelo-Lifeforce’s Kristin Armstrong attacked on the climb. But she was caught just as her teammate Thurig was earlier in the race - on flatter terrain near the finish, due to the work of the Swiss Bigla cycling team. Karin Thürig was the next to attack. Both Bigla and Cervelo wanted to shine in the race today as both are Swiss teams. The headquarters of Bigla is located on the course near the finish giving an large incentive to the Bigla women to make an impression.

Thürig managed a gap of 30 seconds but in the final lap, the margin shrunk and she was caught on the final climb, passed and she immediately dropped off the back. The pace was furious on the climb, making the selection. Any semblance of a group was gone with riders dropping out the back of  the lead group. The next one to attack was Karin Thürig's younger sister Andrea. Andrea rides for the same team,  Bigla Cycling Team and looked to out to show her sister that she could measure up to the challenge.

Andrea Thürig solo effort didn't hold and she was quickly chased down. Another attack , this time by Susanne Ljungskog and World Champion Marta Bastianelli was chased down after the top of the climb. Due to the pace, the group was reduced to about 25 riders including: last year’s winner Edita Pucinskaite (Equipe Nürnberger), Judith Arndt (High Road), Susanne Ljungskog (Menikini-Selle Italia), Nicole Brändli (Bigla), Kristin Armstrong, Christiane Soeder (Cervelo Lifeforce), Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel, Amber Neben (Team Flexpoint) and World Champion Marta Bastianelli (Italian National Team) and others.

Turning into the final 15 kilometers Swede Susanne Ljungskog (Menikini) attacked and nobody had the legs to join her. There were several counter-attacks, but no-one succeeded into bridging across to the multiple Swedish Champion and World Champion.

Ljungskog rounded off the escape of 15 km successfully and had a 8 seconds lead on the chasing group of 22 riders. Judith Arndt won the sprint of the chasing group for second ahead of Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel who finished in third. Chantal Beltman and Jolanta Polikeviciute rounded off the top 5.

Second place finisher - Judith Arndt became the the new leader in the World Cup. Marianne Vos is now second and Suzanne de Goede third.

Team High Road Report
Arndt Takes World Cup Lead at Berne

Judith Arndt soared into the World Cup lead on Sunday after clinching second place in the Tour de Berne round of the series.

“It’s a surprise, but a nice surprise.” Arndt said afterwards. “To be honest, I didn’t even know that I could get the leader’s jersey today. My goal is more to win individual races this season than the series overall, but now I’ve got it, though, I will work hard to try to keep it.”

Berne was won by Sweden’s Susanne Ljungskog after attacking from a group of 18 riders in the finale. Arndt led in the remainder of the leading break for second.

“I was expecting Susanne to make a move, but it wasn’t possible to get in every break, and she made the right one.” Arndt had nothing but praise for her High Road team-mates, who sacrificed themselves early on to keep her in the frame.

“Our team did a lot of work today because I wasn’t well placed early on. I missed the first break and that meant they had to get on the front of the bunch to bring it back and put me back in contention. They were tired in the finale and I was the only High Road rider in the winning move. But that was my fault because they had to do so much earlier in the race.”

“I’m happy though, to have the jersey. Second is a good result.”

Victorious in the Tour of Flanders round of the World Cup and third in the Fleche Wallonne, Arndt says the revamped and much hillier Berne course “suited me well. Even with the new climbs, the roads were wide and on top of that the weather was good today. That made for a fast, exciting course with lots of attacks.”

“Now we’ve got the leader’s jersey, we’ll work to keep it.” added team sports director, Ronny Lauke. “Montreal, the next round of the World Cup, is a race that suits Judith very well indeed - don’t forget she won it back in 2006!”
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Cervélo-Lifeforce Report
At the home Worldcup- the "Berner Rundfahrt“ – the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team were very active on the tough and challenging course around Lyss (SUI). Several attacks were made by the cyclists from the team, especially worthy of mention were the attacks by Swiss rider Karin Thürig who spent almost  40 km at the front in excapes on the 135,8 km long race. In the end the victory went in a race time of 3:31:09h to the Swede Susanne Ljungskog from Team Menkini-Selle Italia.

On second place finished in the sprint of the group the German Judith Arndt Arndt (Team High Road) and third place took Mirjam Melchers-van Poppel (NED, Team Flexpoint). Priska Doppmann, who was in the first group finished in 13th place and secured more World Cup points.

The next World Cup race will take place on the 31st of May in Montréal, Canada. But you can see the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team tomorrow at the official team presentation in Unteraegeri (SUI).

Tour de Berne Result
1 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini - Selle Italia 3.31.08
2 Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road Women 0.08
3 Mirjam Melchers- Van Poppel (Ned) Team Flexpoint

4 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team High Road Women
5 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
6 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Cmax Dila
7 Nikki Egyed (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
8 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) Italian National Team
9 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
10 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
11 Zulfiya Zabirova (Kaz) Bigla Cycling Team
12 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
13 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
14 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
15 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) French National Team
16 Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team
17 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs
18 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
19 Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint
20 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team
21 Lorian Graham (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
22 Sofie Goor (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
23 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team

24 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 0.14
25 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team 0.22
26 Grete Treier (Est) Gauss RDZ Ormu 1.18
27 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Lithuanian National Team
28 Elodie Touffet (Fra) Gauss RDZ Ormu
29 Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
30 Kimberly Anderson (USA) Team High Road Women
31 Daiva Tuslaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox 1.33
32 Sophie Creux (Fra) French National Team 4.17
33 Bianca Knöpfle (Ger) Team Flexpoint
34 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 5.29
35 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Italian National Team
36 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
37 Jennifer Hohl (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team 6.49
38 Andrea Thürig (Swi) Bigla Cycling Team
39 Nadia Triquet-Claude (Fra) French National Team
40 Katharine Carroll (USA) USA National Team
41 Karin Thürig (Swi) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
42 Mirjam Hauser-Senn (Swi) Team Specialized Designs For Women 9.18
43 Emma Pooley (GBr) Team Specialized Designs For Women
44 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team 10.22
45 Anita Valen- De Vries (Nor) Team Flexpoint
46 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team
47 Miho Oki (Jpn) Menikini - Selle Italia
48 Martine Bras (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
49 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
50 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German National Team
51 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Team DSB Bank
52 Angela Brodtka-Hennig (Ger) Team DSB Bank
53 Marina Romoli (Ita) Menikini - Selle Italia
54 Regina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team
55 Alessandra D'Ettore (Ita) Italian National Team
56 Fanny Riberot (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
57 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
58 Iosune Murillo Elkano (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango
59 Oenone Wood (Aus) Team High Road Women
60 Paulina Brzezna (Pol) AA-Drink Cycling Team
61 Carissa Wilkes (NZl) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
62 Carmen McNellis (USA) USA National Team
63 Lauren Franges (USA) USA National Team
64 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
65 Noortje Tabak (Ned) Team DSB Bank
66 Sarah Grab (Swi) Team Specialized Designs For Women
67 Liesbeth De Vocht (Bel) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
68 Suzanne Van Veen (Ned) Team Flexpoint
69 Eugenie Merillod (Fra) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
70 Inge Van Den Broeck (Bel) AA-Drink Cycling Team
71 Monika Schachl (Aut) Austrian National Team
72 Jocelyn Loane (Aus) Australian National Team
73 Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) Austrian National Team
74 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Vienne Futuroscope
75 Amelie Rivat (Fra) French National Team
76 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA-Drink Cycling Team
77 Romy Kasper (Ger) German National Team
78 Nathalie Bates (Aus) Menikini - Selle Italia
79 An Van Rie (Bel) Vrienden Van Het Platteland
80 Alona Andruk (Ukr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
81 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladiesteam
82 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Fenixs
83 Rebecca Much (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team
84 Karine Gautard (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
85 Serena Danesi (Ita) Italian National Team
86 Magalie Finot-Laivier (Fra) French National Team
87 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Team Flexpoint
88 Monika Furrer (Swi) Team Specialized Designs For Women
89 Laura Bozzolo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
90 Ana Garcia Antequera (Spa) Bizkaia - Durango
91 Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
92 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
93 Brei Gudsell (NZl) Team Pro Feminin Les Carroz
94 Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Bizkaia - Durango
95 Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
96 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Menikini - Selle Italia
97 Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Cmax Dila
98 Vera Carrara (Ita) Team Cmax Dila
99 Alison Powers (USA) USA National Team
100 Silvia Parietti (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
101 Kristen La Sasso (USA) Team Specialized Designs For Women
102 Andrea Grauss (Aut) Bigla Cycling Team
103 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
104 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
105 Inge Van Den Broeck (Bel) AA-Drink Cycling Team

World Cup standings after Tour de Berne
1 3 ARNDT Judith GER19760723 TMP 167  
2 1 VOS Marianne NED19870513 DSB 152  
3 2 DE GOEDE Suzanne NED19840416 NUR 133  

4 6 BELTMAN Chantal NED19760825 TMP 111  
5 5 BASTIANELLI Marta ITA19870430 SAF 104  
6 4 POOLEY Emma GBR19821003 TSW 99  
7  LJUNGSKOG Susanne SWE19760316 MSI 75  
8 7 CURI MATTIS Katheryn USA19740529 WEB 75  
9 8 TEUTENBERG Ina GER19741028 TMP 70  
10 9 ARMSTRONG Kristin USA19730811 RLT 61  
11 10 WOOD Oenone AUS19800924 TMP 61  
12 11 MARTISOVA Julia RUS19760615 GAU 60  
13 16 JOHANSSON Emma SWE19830923 AAD 60  
14 12 GILMORE Rochelle AUS19811214 MSI 57  
15 13 WRUBLESKI Alex CAN19840531 WEB 54  
16 14 RICKARDS Emma AUS19731117 RLT 53  
17 15 WILD Kirsten NED19821015 AAD 53  
18 18 BRÄNDLI Nicole SUI19790618 BCT 47  
19 17 OKI Miho JPN19740308 MSI 40  
20 39 POLIKEVICIUTE Jolanta LTU19700925 USC 37

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