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4th Vuelta Castilla y Leon Feminas Stage 3 and Final
 
By Staff
Date: 3/27/2004
4th Vuelta Castilla y Leon Feminas Stage 3 and Final
 

What a day! What a ride! What a fabulous win! Friday was the stage in which Mirjam Melchers made her mark, and made it in no uncertain terms! There was no pack sprint for the stage victory, and while it is true that 32 women crossed the finish together all hopes for victory had been erased over 90 seconds before the first of them touched the finish line.

Team Farm Frites rider Mirjam Melchers had claimed the stage win with 1’49” over the peloton. With no one else anywhere near her, she cruised across the finish line for an utterly decisive victory - taking not only the stage win but the race as well! In fact, she took the overall race with 1’31 seconds to spare!

Sarah Duster of the German National Team placed 2nd for the stage. Tom Van Bemmelen rider Katherine Bates, winner of stage 2, took 3rd place for the stage and moved up to second overall. Melcher’s Farm Frites teammate Anouska Van Derzee, wearing the race leaders jersey during stage 3, placed 3rd in the overall GC.

Katherine Bates won the points competition, with Katia Longhin taking 2nd and Giorgia Bronzini taking 3rd.

Only 117 riders out of 154 completed the race series.

Top 10 Placings Stage 3

1º 11 MELCHERS, Mirjam TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR 2:45:23
2º 133 DUSTER, Sarah GERMAN N.TEAM a 01:49
3º 55 BATES, Katherine TON VAN BEMMELEN SPO a 01:49
4º 156 CARRIGAN, Sara AUSTRALIA N.TIME a 01:49
5º 263 LONGHIN, Katia S.C. MICHELA FANINI a 01:49
6º 191 KIESANOWSKI, Joanne NEW ZELAND TEAM a 01:49
7º 211 BRONZINI, Giorgia SAFI-PASTA ZARA MAN. a 01:49
8º 275 BEUTLER, Annette LIETZSPORT CYCLING a 01:49
9º 22 VALEN, Anita TEAM S.A.T.S. a 01:49
10º 152 GOLLAN, Olivia AUSTRALIA N.TIME a 01:49

Final General Classification

1º 11 MELCHERS, Mirjam NED TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR 07:42:14
2º 55 BATES, Katherine AUS TON VAN BEMMELEN SPO a 01:32
3º 16 VAN DERZEE, Anouska NED TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR a 01:32
4º 263 LONGHIN, Katia ITA S.C. MICHELA FANINI a 01:49
5º 211 BRONZINI, Giorgia ITA SAFI-PASTA ZARA MAN. a 01:49
6º 161 BRAVO, Rosa Mª ESP TINLOHI-EIA-MAUCO a 01:49
7º 156 CARRIAN, Sara AUS AUSTRALIA N.TIME a 01:49
8º 275 BEUTLER, Annette SUI LIETZSPORT CYCLING a 01:49
9º 22 VALEN, Anita NOR TEAM S.A.T.S. a 01:49
10º 191 KIESANOWSKI, Joanne NZL NEW ZELAND TEAM a 01:49
11º 133 DUSTER, Sarah GER GERMAN N.TEAM a 01:49
12º 73 GUNNEWIJK, Loes NED ONDERNEMERS V.N.-VRI a 01:49
13º 152 GOLLAN, Olivia AUS AUSTRALIA N.TIME a 01:49
14º 31 ARNDT, Judith GER NÜRNBERGER Versicher a 01:49
15º 214 DAHLE, Gunn-Rita NOR SAFI-PASTA ZARA MAN. a 01:49
16º 113 GRIMBERG, Arenda NED NETHERLANDS N.TIME a 01:49
17º 66 BELLETER, Veronique BEL VLAANDEREN-T-INTERIN a 01:49
18º 146 JAUNATRE, Marina FRA FRANCE N.TIME a 01:49
19º 132 SENFF, Theresa GER GERMAN N.TEAM a 01:49
20º 62 MANSVELD, Debby NED VLAANDEREN-T-INTERIN a 01:49
21º 52 DE GOEDE, Suzanne NED TON VAN BEMMELEN SPO a 01:49
22º 212 ZUGNO, Anna ITA SAFI-PASTA ZARA MAN. a 01:49
23º 186 SLYUSAREVA, Olga RUS RUSSIA N.TEAM a 01:49
24º 262 PUCINSKAITE, Edita LTU S.C. MICHELA FANINI a 01:49
25º 261 BRÄNDLI, Nicole SUI S.C. MICHELA FANINI a 01:49
26º 53 WALLAARD, Jaccolien NED TON VAN BEMMELEN SPO a 01:49
27º 63 INGELS, Veerle BEL VLAANDEREN-T-INTERIN a 01:49
28º 205 SOMARRIBA, Joane ESP BIZKAIA-PANDA SOFT. a 01:49
29º 12 VISSER, Adrie NED TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR a 02:03
30º 2 LUPERINI, Fabiana ITA TEAM LET'S GO FINLAN a 02:03

Final Points Classification

1º 55 BATES, Katherine AUS TON VAN BEMMELEN SPO 41 P.
2º 263 LONGHIN, Katia ITA S.C. MICHELA FANINI 38 P.
3º 211 BRONZINI, Giorgia ITA SAFI-PASTA ZARA MAN. 38 P.
4º 11 MELCHERS, Mirjam NED TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR 37 P.
5º 161 BRAVO, Rosa Mª ESP TINLOHI-EIA-MAUCO 24 P.
6º 156 CARRIAN, Sara AUS AUSTRALIA N.TIME 23 P.
7º 133 DUSTER, Sarah GER GERMAN N.TEAM 23 P.
8º 16 VAN DERZEE, Anouska NED TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR 20 P.
9º 191 KIESANOWSKI, Joanne NZL NEW ZELAND TEAM 15 P.
10º 152 GOLLAN, Olivia AUS AUSTRALIA N.TIME 13 P.
11º 22 VALEN, Anita NOR TEAM S.A.T.S. 12 P.
12º 275 BEUTLER, Annette SUI LIETZSPORT CYCLING 10 P.
13º 214 DAHLE, Gunn-Rita NOR SAFI-PASTA ZARA MAN. 8 P.
14º 146 JAUNATRE, Marina FRA FRANCE N.TIME 8 P.
15º 12 VISSER, Adrie NED TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR 7 P.
16º 73 GUNNEWIJK, Loes NED ONDERNEMERS V.N.-VRI 6 P.
17º 62 MANSVELD, Debby NED VLAANDEREN-T-INTERIN 5 P.
18º 132 SENFF, Theresa GER GERMAN N.TEAM 4 P.
19º 52 DE GOEDE, Suzanne NED TON VAN BEMMELEN SPO 4 P.
20º 15 OKI, Miho JPN TEAM FARM FRITES-HAR 4 P.
21º 31 ARNDT, Judith GER NÜRNBERGER Versicher 3 P.
22º 186 SLYUSAREVA, Olga RUS RUSSIA N.TEAM 2 P.
23º 65 VAN MELIS, Mirella NED VLAANDEREN-T-INTERIN 2 P.

 
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