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Women's News Roundup #9, 11 September 2008
 
By Bart Hazen
Date: 9/11/2008
Women's News Roundup #9, 11 September 2008
 

Women's News Roundup #9, 11 September 2008

Züri Metzgete, Memorial Davide Fardelli, Trophee D'Or, Spanish National Road Championships, Sweden and The Netherlands names Worlds team, New riders for Cervelo and AA Drink Cycling Team…

Giorgia Bronzini wins Züri-Metzgete
Giorgia Bronzini has won Züri-Metzgete last week (September 7). The Championships of Zürich (Switzerland) is a very tough race for women on more or less the same roads as the former World Cup/ProTour race for the men which has been disappeared from the calendar due to financial problems.

Bronzini was the best of a five rider break. The bronze medalist of the Olympic Games Tatiana Guderzo finished as second and the winner of the Women's Giro Fabiana Luperini as third. Silver medalist of the Olympic ITT Emma Pooley and Estonian Grete Treier completed the top five.

Result
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due O 2.46.46
2 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
3 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Menekini Selle Italia Master Colors

4 Emma Pooley (GBr) Team Specialized Designs for Women
5 Grete Treier (Est) Gauss RDZ Ormu 0.05
6 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla cycling Team 0.30
7 Martina Corazza (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu 0.37
8 Nikki Egyed (Aus) Australian National Team
9 Kristen Lasasso (USA) Team Specialized Designs for Women
10 Mirjam Hauser-Senn (Swi) Team Specialized Designs for Women
11 Andrea Thürig (Swi) Bigla cycling Team
12 Monika Schachl (Aut) Austrian National Team
13 Christine Majerus (Lux) Luxembourg National Team 0.49
14 Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Luxembourg National Team 1.28
15 Miho Oki (Jpn) Menekini Selle Italia Master Colors

Karin Thürig wins Memorial Davide Fardelli
Swiss National Champion Karin Thürig has won the 23,6 km ITT the Memorial Davide Fardelli. She was 1.14 faster than both Vicky Whitelaw and Susanne Ljungskog.

Cervelo-Lifeforce report
7th September, 2008 -Karin Thürig (SUI), the bronze medalist of the Olympic time trail in Beijing showed today again a great performance. The 36-year-old athlete claimed victory in the 23,6km long time trial "Memorial Davide Fardelli" in Rogno (ITA) with an advantage of over one minute to the Australian Vicki Whitelaw and the Swedish rider Susanne Ljungskog.

Already next weekend another traditional time trial race the "Chrono Champenois" will take place including starters from the Cervélo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team.

Result
1 Karin Thürig (Swi) Cervélo Lifeforce 31.59.31
2 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Australian National Team 1.14.28
3 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Flexpoint 1.14.81

4 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Féminin Les Carroz 1.17.57
5 Amber Neben (USA) Team Flexpoint 1.40.71
6 Anna Zugno (Ita) Top Girls Raxy Line 2.00.10
7 Trine Schmidt (Dan) Team Flexpoint 2.36.73
8 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Lot-et-Garonne 2.40.45
9 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Team Fenixs 2.50.86
10 Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Australian National Team 2.53.07
11 Alice Donadoni (Ita) Team Dilà Monticello 4.07.99
12 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Menikini Selle Italia 4.13.02
13 Emanuela Azzini (Ita) Avantec DF Breganza 4.32.11
14 Gloria Presti (Ita) Menikini Selle Italia 4.43.01
15 Valentina Carretta (Ita) ASD CSI Ju Sport G 5.19.06
16 Chiara Contiero (Ita) U.C.Sforzatica 9.37.83

Leunda new National Champion of Spain
Itsaso Leunda has become the new national road Champion of Spain. In Valladolid she surprised everyone by winning the national title ahead of Fatima Blanquez and Judit Masdeu. The Spanish top riders finished at rank seven to ten. Spain's most known women's cyclist Maribel Moreno was absent at the race as she is banned after a positive EPO test previous to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Result

1 Leunda Itsaso (Pais Vasco) km 111,5 in 2h58'20"
2 Blanquez Fatima (Castilla Y Leon) a 8"
3 Masdeu Judit (Cataluna) a 2'49"

4 Pascual Susana (Comunidad Valenciana) a 2'50"
5 Olite Saioa (Pais Vasco) s.t.
6 Zamorano Diana (Castilla La Mancha) s.t.
7 Vilajosana Marta (Cataluna) a 3'19"
8 Garcia Ana Belen (Castilla La Mancha) s.t.
9 Iturriaga Eneritz (Pais Vasco) s.t.
10 Sanchis Anna (Comunidad Valenciana) s.t

Emma Johansson (AA Drink) wins Trophee D'or
Emma Johansson (AA Drink) has won the Trophee D'or (August 26-30) in France but the big star was sprinter Giorgia Bronzini who won four of the six stages. The others went to Johansson and Eneritz Iturriaga.

Stage 1: Saint-Amand - Mehun-sur-Yèvre, 76.9km
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due O
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Australian National Team
3 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team

4 Alice Marmorini (Ita) Fenixs
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team

Stage 2: Avord - Avord, 112km
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Australian National Team
3 Monia Baccaile (Ita) Fenixs

4 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
5 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team

Stage 3: Orval - Saint-Amand, 56.4km
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Australian National Team
3 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team

4 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) AA-Drink Cycling Team
5 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs

Stage 4: Sancoins - Orval, 74.6km
1 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due
2 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
3 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Fenixs

4 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) AA-Drink Cycling Team
5 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team

Stage 5: Cosne-sur-Loire - Cosne-sur-Loire, 92.2km
1 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
2 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team
3 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin

4 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Fenixs
5 Karin Aune (Swe) Elk Haus

Stage 6: Saint-Germain-du-Puy - Saint-Amand-Montrond, 100.3km
1 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Safi - Pasta Zara Manhattan
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due
3 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Australian National Team

4 Monica Holler (Swe) Bigla Cycling Team
5 Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Team Cmax

Final Ranking
1 Emma Johansson (Swe) AA-Drink Cycling Team
2 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Bigla Cycling Team 0.04
3 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Team Pro Feminin 0.06

4 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Fenixs 0.10
5 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Cycling Team Titanedi-Frezza Acca Due 0.30
6 Karin Aune (Swe) Elk Haus 0.40
7 Monia Baccaile (Ita) Fenixs 0.54
8 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) 0.56
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (Nzl) New Zealand National team 1.01
10 Laure Werner (Bel) AA-Drink Cycling Team1.01

World Championships selections: The Netherlands and Sweden
The Dutch and the Swedish national selectors have announced their teams for the upcoming World Championships in Varese (Italy). Johan Lammerts has selected the following riders for The Netherlands in the road race:

Regina Bruins (Van Bemmelen), Marianne Vos (DSB), Mirjam Melchers (Flexpoint), Suzanne de Goede (Equipe Nürnberger), Irene van den Broek (AA Drink) and Chantal Beltman (Columbia). Kirsten Wild (AA Drink), Adrie Visser (DSB) and Andrea Bosman (DSB) are the substitutes.

Regina Bruins, Ellen van Dijk and Kirsten Wild will be participating in the time trial.

The Swedish National selector has selected the following girls for Varese:
Emma Johansson (AA-Drink Cycling Team), Susanne Ljungskog (Team Flexpoint) , Karin Aune (Team Uniqa), Sara Mustonen (Team Cmax Dila), Marie Lindberg (Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung) and Emilia Fahlin (Team Columbia Women). Johansson and Ljungskog will also do the time trial.

Transfernews - Cervelo
According to the new Luzerner Zeitung (paper) Emma Pooley (Team Specialized) will ride for the Cervelo team next season. They also published that it's likely that Claudia Häusler (Equipe Nürnberger) will join the team and Karin Thürig will leave the team for the other team in Switzerland Team Bigla. Dutch Wielermagazine reports that both Dutch riders Kirsten Wild (AA Drink) and Regina Bruins (Van Bemmelen) will join Cervelo as well in 2009.

AA Drink continues with women's team
The AA Drink Women's Cycling Team will continue next year as a cycling team despite an earlier announcement that the team would stop their sponsorship of the women's team at the end of the season and focus more on their cyclocross and new track team. It's likely that the team will remain a UCI team.

Riders as Chantal Blaak and Marlijn Binnendijk will stay while Irene van den Broek can stay as well with the team. But she is considering her options. On the other hand team captain Kirsten Wild will leave the team for Cervelo.

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