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Amstel Gold Ladies - UPDATED With Report!
 
By Staff
Date: 4/20/2003
Amstel Gold Ladies - UPDATED With Report!
 

Amstel Gold Ladies: 114.8 km

Report courtesy of Gennie Sheer of Cycling Australia

Reigning Australian road champion, Olivia Gollan, 29, led home the main field to claim second place in the Amstel Gold Race, the fourth round of the UCI Women’s Road Cycling World Cup raced overnight in the Netherlands.

Victory went to Commonwealth Games champion, Nicole CookeE, 20, (GBR – GS Ausra Groudis) who crossed the finish in a time of 2:45:18, two seconds clear of Gollan with Lithuanian former world champion, Edita Pucinskaite, 27, (Michela Fanini) third. But Queensland’s, Sara Carrigan (Powerplate BIK), 22, crossed the line seventh which was enough for her to maintain the overall lead in the nine race series. She now has 139 points, 27 ahead of Germany’s Regina Schleicher, 28. Eight Australians are currently ranked in the top twenty of the Series with Gollan's second place moving her from 22nd to 9th.

The former Newcastle school teacher was overjoyed with her result which she credited to "good planning and great teamwork."

"It was a really amazing team effort on everyone’s part," said Gollan. "The plan was to have the four girls (Emma James, Naomi Williams, Natalie Bates and Hayley Ruthford) keep it under control and look after Oenone Wood and myself until the final two climbs of the race."

"There was a lot of expectation before the race because the whole team knew Oenone and I had the legs to get on the podium," said Gollan. "There were some nerves but we managed to keep our heads."

"The first 50 kilometres was incredibly hectic and I was struggling to keep myself out of trouble," said Gollan. "Several near crashes put the wind up me so I put some effort into staying near the front of the bunch."

Organisers shortened the distance mid race giving the 160 riders one less steep climb.

"Natalie and Hayley had the bunch strung out for about 8km in preparation for the climb but it just never came and I was thanking the Easter Bunny for the ten kilometre reprieve."

At the second last climb, about ten kilometres from the line, James set the pace with Wood on her wheel. Wood then launched her attack with only Cooke and Spain’s Teodora Ruano-Sanchon able to go with her. The trio held the advantage as they approached the last climb up to finish.

"We hit the 800m ascent as a flying group of 20 and there was heaps of jostling and I actually hit a tourist trying to get a snap shot," explained Gollan. "I managed to fight my way clear and with about 400m to go I put my head down and went into a world of agony."

The bunch caught Wood and Ruano-Sanchon but Cooke proved too strong. Gollan then battled Pucinskaite over the final 200m of the Cauberg climb outside the town of Valkenberg.

"I got her on the line but Cooke was 30m in front and had already taken her victory salute," said Gollan. "But second was enough to bring a few tears to my eyes."

For Carrigan the main aim had been to make sure she kept her major rivals for overall World Cup honours in sight and added to her points tally.

"It was really weird because I thought it would break up a lot earlier but it stayed together until last two hills," said Carrigan. "The second last climb was especially steep and I gave it absolutely everything."

"It was just unfortunate I couldn’t get a bit further ahead at the finish but it was enough to hang onto the jersey," said Carrigan who finished just behind Dutch rival Mirjam Melchers. "I was on her wheel at the finish and tried to get round her but I had nothing left."

The World Cup field has two days rest before they line up for the fifth round in Belgium on Wednesday.

"Fleche Wallone is a good course for me because the climbs are a bit longer and it should split up more," explained Carrigan. "I raced it last year but I’ll ride over it again in the next couple of days to make sure I know it well for the race."

Full Official Results

1  Nicole Cooke  WAL  2:45:18
2  Olivia Gollan  AUS  + 0:00:02
3  Edita Pucinskaite  LTU  + 0:00:02
4  Regina Schleicher  GER  + 0:00:04
5  Susanne Ljungskog  SWE  + 0:00:05
6  Mirjam Melchers  NED  + 0:00:06
7  Sara Carrigan  AUS  + 0:00:07
8  Judith Arndt  GER  + 0:00:07
9  Zoulfia Zabirova  RUS  + 0:00:08
10  Lyne Bessette  CAN  + 0:00:09
11  Denone Wood  AUS  + 0:00:12
12  Nicole Brändli  SUI  + 0:00:13
13  Theresa Senff  GER  + 0:00:14
14  Ghita Beltman  NED  + 0:00:14
15  Aline Camboulives  FRA  + 0:00:15
16  Anita Valen  NOR  + 0:00:17
17  Nataliya Kachalka  UKR  + 0:00:18
18  Adrie Visser  NED  + 0:00:19
19  Miho Oki  JPN  + 0:00:19
20  Amber Neben  USA  + 0:00:21
21  Alexandra Bähler  SUI  + 0:00:25
22  Barbara Heeb  SUI  + 0:00:25
23  Chantal Beltman  NED  + 0:00:26
24  Dori Ruano  ESP  + 0:00:30
25  Trixi Worrack  GER  + 0:00:31
26  Ioulia Martissova  RUS  + 0:00:31
27  Sue Palmer-Komar  CAN  + 0:00:33
28  Sandy Espeseth  CAN  + 0:00:33
29  Frances Newstead  ENG  + 0:00:35
30  Gunn-Rita Dahle  NOR  + 0:00:36
31  Svetlana Stolova  RUS  + 0:00:37
32  Margaret Hemsley  AUS  + 0:00:37
33  Yvonne Brunen  NED  + 0:00:37
34  Kristin Armstrong  USA  + 0:00:39
35  Kimberly Bruckner  USA  + 0:00:39
36  Heidi Van de Vijver  BEL  + 0:00:40
37  Evy Van Damme  BEL  + 0:00:40
38  Caroline Payot-Podevin  FRA  + 0:00:41
39  Tina Liebig  GER  + 0:00:41
40  Jolanta Polikeviciute  LTU  + 0:00:41
41  Giovanna Troldi  ITA  + 0:00:41
42  Rasa Polikeviciute  LTU  + 0:00:41
43  Sharon Van Dromme  BEL  + 0:00:41
44  Kim Anderson  USA  + 0:00:41
45  Suzanne de Goede  NED  + 0:00:41
46  Lisbeth Simper  DEN  + 0:00:41
47  Debbie Mansveld  NED  + 0:00:41
48  Cindy Pieters  BEL  + 0:00:41
49  Sandrine Marcuz  FRA  + 0:00:41
50  Katia Longhin  ITA  + 0:00:41
51  Marta Vilajosana  ESP  + 0:00:41
52  Diana Ziliute  LTU  + 0:00:41
53  Vera Koedooder  NED  + 0:00:41
54  Esther van der Helm  NED  + 0:00:41
55  Hayley Rutherford  AUS  + 0:00:41
56  Emma James  AUS  + 0:00:52
57  Sharon van Essen  NED  + 0:00:55
58  Marta Evangelisti  ITA  + 0:00:55
59  Josephine Groenveld  NED  + 0:00:55
60  Fabiana Luperini  ITA  + 0:00:55
61  Tanja Schmidt  GER  + 0:00:55
62  Loes Gunnewijk  NED  + 0:01:16
63  Baukje Doedee  NED  + 0:01:21
64  Luisa Tamanini  ITA  + 0:01:25
65  Isabella Wieser  AUT  + 0:01:34
66  Areke Hassink  NED  + 0:01:40
67  Silvia Parietti  ITA  + 0:02:01
68  Serena Cavicchi  ITA  + 0:02:08
69  Dorte Lohse  DEN  + 0:02:08
70  Katrin Leumann  SUI  + 0:02:08
71  Saskia Elemans  NED  + 0:02:08
72  Marianna Lorenzoni  ITA  + 0:02:08
73  Irene Hostettler  SUI  + 0:02:08
74  Eneritz Iturriaga  ESP  + 0:02:08
75  Sarah Grab  SUI  + 0:02:08
76  Annette Beutler  SUI  + 0:02:08
77  Katy St Laurent  CAN  + 0:02:16
78  Erika Vilunaite  LTU  + 0:02:17
79  Emma Davies  ENG  + 0:02:19
80  Rochelle Gilmore  AUS  + 0:02:20
81  Katherine Bates  AUS  + 0:02:20
82  Giorgia Bronzini  ITA  + 0:02:20
83  Arenda Grimberg  NED  + 0:02:20
84  Ine Wannijn  BEL  + 0:02:20
85  Anna Ramirez-Bauxel  ESP  + 0:02:27
86  Trine Hansen  DEN  + 0:02:30
87  Diana Elmentaite  LTU  + 0:02:30
88  Mirjam Senn  SUI  + 0:02:30
89  Priska Doppmann  SUI  + 0:02:34
90  Stacey Peters  USA  + 0:02:34
91  Sandra Rombouts  NED  + 0:02:34
92  Bertine Spijkerman  NED  + 0:02:37
93  Mari Holden  USA  + 0:02:40
94  Béatrice Thomas  FRA  + 0:02:46
95  Janildes Silva  BRA  + 0:02:47
96  Elsbeth Vink  NED  + 0:02:50
97  Zita Urbonaite  LTU  + 0:02:50
98  Madeleine Lindberg  SWE  + 0:03:11
99  Catharina Mulders  NED  + 0:04:15
100  Nathalie Bates  AUS  + 0:05:47
101  Sara Symington  ENG  + 0:05:55
102  Charlotte Goldsmith  GBR  + 0:05:55
103  Alexandra Bähler  SUI  + 0:07:04
104  Sabine Batz  GER  + 0:08:19
105  Anneleen van Beek  NED  + 0:08:24
106  Christina Peick-Andersen  DEN  + 0:08:30
107  Frederika van der Wiel  NED  + 0:08:30
108  Anna Farina  ITA  + 0:08:30
109  Inge Klep  NED  + 0:08:30
110  Nadine Bruhn  DEN  + 0:08:30
111  Francesca Castrucci  ITA  + 0:08:33
112  Caroline Slikker  NED  + 0:08:33
113  Mirella van Melis  NED  + 0:08:37
114  Olga Velzen  NED  + 0:08:37
115  Mieke van der Burg  NED  + 0:08:37
116  Jaccolien Wallaard  NED  + 0:08:46
117  Corrien van Haastert  NED  + 0:08:46
118  Kristy Miggels  NED  + 0:08:50
119  Bettina Kuhn  SUI  + 0:08:52
120  Irene Puccioni  ITA  + 0:08:52
121  Letizia Giardinelli  ITA  + 0:08:52
122  Goedelieve Jansens  NED  + 0:09:05
123  Kerstin Scheitle  GER  + 0:10:05
124  Petra Rossner  GER  + 0:10:05
125  Emily WIlliams  AUS  + 0:12:57
126  Indre Januleviciute  LTU  + 0:12:57
127  Jolanda Cools  NED  + 0:13:29
128  Abke Francissen  NED  + 0:13:29
129  Minke van Dongen  NED  + 0:13:29
130  Blandine Camus  FRA  + 0:13:44
131  Wendy Kramp  NED  + 0:13:47
132  Andrea Knecht  GER  + 0:16:13
133  Petra Pilz  AUT  + 0:16:30
134  Julie Hutsebaut  CAN  + 0:16:33
135  Janneke de Jager  NED  + 0:16:34
136  Editha Bergkotte  NED  + 0:16:40
137  Eefje Ottevanger  NED  + 0:16:42
138  Karin Wieser  AUT  + 0:17:02
139  Claudia Meyer  AUT  + 0:17:02
140  Eyelien Bekkering  NED  + 0:17:05
141  Kirsten Wild  NED  + 0:17:08


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