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World Championships - Junior Women Road Race
 
By Fabio
Date: 10/10/2003
World Championships - Junior Women Road Race
 

Dutch riders continued their successful World Championship campaign by adding another medal to their tally. And this time they got the most precious metal: the Gold, taken by teen-age girl Loes Markerink, winner of a small bunch sprint at the end of the 74.4-km. Junior Women Time Trial on Friday.

Silver Medalist in last Tuesday's opening ITT, Markerink trook revenge edged out Russian Irina Tolmacheva and Germany's Sabine Fischer (girls coming from the two other most successful countries so far in this edition of the Worlds). Time Trial Winner Bianca Knöpfle came close to grab another medal, but was eventually denied this satisfaction by fellow German Fischer.

Laura Bozzolo showed one more time that Italians are definitely better in Road Races than Time Trials, but nevertheless the "Squadra Azzurra" still has to write its name in this year's Medal table. Three Australian riders finished into the Top 10 places (Stephanie Williams did for the second time), while the only American able to cross the line, Larssyn Staley, finished 30th only.


Race Report below courtesy of USACYCLING.ORG

STALEY 30th IN JUNIOR WOMEN'S ROAD RACE

HOLLAND'S Markerink Claims World Title in Race of Attrition

Hamilton, CANADA (October 7, 2003): With the time trials in the books, the 2003 UCI World Championships turned to road race action this morning as a field of 58 junior women took the stage, including Americans Larssyn Staley (Beaverton, Ore.) and Karen Amundson (Woodinville, Va.), to battle it out for the rainbow jersey.

After 74.4km of a technical and challenging course, Loes Markerink (NED) outsprinted a group of ten other riders to claim the world title ahead of Russia's Irina Tolmacheva, and Sabine Fisher (GER). Staley placed 30th, 2:12.33 seconds behind Markerink. Amundson did not finish.

Greeted by a think layer of morning fog, the riders were presented with six laps of a 12.3km circuit that included two climbs up the Niagara Escarpment per lap. Sandwiched in between the climbs were few flat sections, making for a race of attrition.

Allowing the course profile to decide the initial selection, the bunch was relatively inactive in the opening laps and two early crashes claimed the hopes of a handful of riders including Emilie Roy (CAN).

As the riders climbed the escarpment for the first time on the second lap, a swift pace began causing riders to fall off the back of the peloton including Amundson as a group of 30 riders made it over the top in the front group. Throughout the remainder of the second lap, Staley looked comfortable at the front, but began to fall victim to the selective course as the third lap began.

Pushing the pace up the climbs were primarily the Germans, Canadians, Russians, and Australians as Audrey Lemeuix (CAN) offered the first strong attack taking Elisabeth Brandau (GER) with her. The break held a steady gap of ten seconds but was short-lived as the group eventually came back together until the bottom of the second climb on the fourth lap when Stephanie Williams (AUS) tried her hand at escaping the bunch. With the German team patrolling the front, Williams was immediately caught only to see the Germans respond by pushing the pace to the top of the climb.

As the fifth lap began, the lead group had shrunk to 25 riders and again it was Germany who initiated the action as Fisher attacked at the top of the first climb. Counter-attacks by Lemieux and Candace Sullivan (AUS) provided even more animation intensifying the pace. None of the attacks were successful and the group again came back together only to see Russia's Valentina Gavrilova sneak off the front along with Brandau on the second climb.

By the time the sixth and final lap began, an acceleration by the bunch behind resulted in the duo returning back to the fold and a lead group of 14 riders poised for the inevitable action that would come on the last lap of a world championship. Frequent attacks by Australia and Germany followed before what looked to be the decisive move happened on the final climb of the day. Tolmacheva attacked and took with her Claudia Haeusler (GER) and the two quickly opened a significant gap. On the ensuing downhill, however, the hard chasing peloton quickly made up ground, and it was Markerink who held the prime position entering the last corner. With 300 meters to go, Markerink wound up her sprint and held on for the win ahead of Tolmacheva.

Behind, Staley took third in the sprint amongst the nine others in her group. Afterwards, Staley was pleased with her performance considering her lack of experience in racing amongst the European peloton. "I felt really good about my performance," Staley commented. "I didn't really have too many expectations because I didn't know what to expect since I haven't raced much in Europe before. The course was really hard, and it was evident that the strongest woman was going to win today. I was able to race within my group and put in a few good attacks at the end, so I was pleased with that."

The 2003 UCI Road World Championships continue Friday afternoon with the U-23 men's road race

Road World Championships - Junior Women RR: Results

1. Loes Markerink (Holland) - 02h05'39" (35.527 km/h)
2. Irina Tolmacheva (Russia) - s.t.
3. Sabine Fischer (Germany) - s.t.
4. Bianca Knöpfle (Germany) - s.t.
5. Laura Bozzolo (Italy) - s.t.
6. Candice Sullivan (Australia) - s.t.
7. Karolina Konieczna (Poland) - s.t.
8. Stephanie Williams (Australia) - s.t.
9. Kate Nichols (Australia) - s.t.
10. Monika Furrer (Switzerland) - s.t.
11. Loes Sels (Belgium) - s.t.
12. Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania) - at 32"
13. Sara Peeters (Belgium) - s.t.
14. Ekaterina Tretyakova (Russia) - s.t.
15. Iryna Shpilyova (Ukraine) - s.t.
16. Claudia Häusler (Germany) - s.t.
17. Daiva Tuslaite (Lithuania) - s.t.
18. Laura Telle (Latvia) - s.t.
19. Audrey Lemieux (Canada) - s.t.
20. Eugenie Mermillod (France) - s.t.
21. Valentina Gavrilova (Russia) - s.t.
22. Elisabeth Brandau (Germany) - s.t.
23. Joan Boskamp (Holland) - at 01'08”
24. Yolandi Du Toit (South Africa) - at 02'43”
25. Emmanuelle Merlot (France) - at 05'34”
26. Ly Paat (Estonia) - s.t.
27. Nadja Bachmann (Switzerland) - s.t.
28. Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland) - at 06'54”
29. Alna Burato (France) - s.t.
30. Larssyn Staley (USA) - s.t.
31. Milda Galdikaite (Lithuania) - s.t.
32. Magdalena Zamolska (Poland) - s.t.
33. Aude Pollet (France) - s.t.
34. Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania) - s.t.
35. Martina Faccin (Italy) - s.t.
36. Marta Jiménez Jiménez (Spain) - s.t.
37. Moniek Rotmensen (Holland) - at 07'03”
38. Francesca Andina (Italy) - at 09'30”
39. Natalya Figurskaya (Ukraine) - at 11'26”
40. Anna Tratnyek (Canada) - at 12'33”
41. Debora Gálvez López (Spain) - at 12'53”
42. Kata-Liina Normak (Estonia) - at 13'01”

DNF. Iris Slappendel (Holland)
DNF. Carolina Asplund (Sweden)
DNF. Karen Amundson (USA)
DNF. Emily Sandwith (Canada)
DNF. Barbara Gromaszek (Poland)
DNF. Marta Kozakiewicz (Poland)
DNF. Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy)
DNF. Maryia Halan (Belarus)
DNF. Nadia Swanepoel (South Africa)
DNF. Gabriella Palotai (Hungary)
DNF. Maria José Lorenzo Roca (Spain)
DNF. Auxiliadora Martín Morales (Spain)
DNF. Francisca Campos (Chile)
DNF. Laura Lepasalu (Estonia)
DNF. Kristina Sheludyakova (Russia)

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