Women's Elite World Cup, Round 2

Hamilton, New Zealand, March 14, 1999

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The World Cup Schedule

  • Round 1, March 7, Canberra (Australia)
  • Round 2, March 14, Hamilton City World Cup (NZ)
  • Round 3, March 20, Primavera Rosa (Ita)
  • Round 4, April 14, La Fleche Wallonne (Bel)
  • Round 5, May 30, Montreal (Can)
  • Round 6, June 6, First Union Liberty Classic (USA)
  • Round 7, August 8, Trophee International (Fra)
  • Round 8, September 9, Ladies Tour Benedon-Maas (Ned)
  • Round 9, September 26, UCI Welcupfinale Embrach (Swi)

Hamilton, Round 2, March 14, 1999, 102.6 kms:

  1. Roberta Bonanomi (Ita) GC Accadue O-Lorena Camicie Akuel        2.47.47 (36.69 km/h)
  2. Gunn Rita Dahle (Nor) Norway National Team
  3. Tracey Gaudrey (Aus) Australian National Team                      1.03
  4. Anna Wilson (Aus) Australian National Team                         1.03
  5. Yvonne McGregor (GB) Great Britain                                 1.03
  6. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) The Greenery-Hawk Team                     1.03
  7. Kerstin Scheitle (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger-Emmi                      1.03
  8. Pam Schuster (USA)  Street Skills International                    1.03
  9. Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita) GAS Sport Team                        1.03
 10. Barbara Heeb (Swi) Equipe Nürnberger-Emmi                          1.03
 11. Megan Hughes (GB) Great Britain                                    1.03
 12. Rikke Sandhoj-Olsen (Den) The Greenery-Hawk Team                   1.03
 13. Sanna Lehtimaki (Fin) The Greenery-Hawk Team                       1.03
 14. Jacinta Coleman (NZ)  GS Mazza-Tege                                1.03
 15. Sara Felloni (Ita) GC Accadue O-Lorena Camicie Akuel               1.03
 16. Elizabeth Tadich (Aus)  GS Mazza-Tege                              1.03
 17. Karen Kurreck (USA) Street Skills International                    1.03
 18. Anne Samplonius (Can) Street Skills International                  1.03
 19. Zita Urbonaite (Lit) Lithuania National Team                       1.03
 20. Mari Holden (USA) GC Accadue O-Lorena Camicie Akuel                1.03
 21. Chantal Beltman (Ned) Netherlands                                  1.03
 22. Wenche Stensvold (Nor) Norway National Team                        1.03
 23. Elizabeth Emery (USA) Street Skills International                  1.03
 24. Ruth Ellway (GB) Great Britain                                     1.03
 25. Jacquelin Brabanetz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger-Emmi                   1.03
 26. Pia Sundstedt (Fin) GAS Sport Team                                 1.03
 27. Lenka Ilavska (Svk) Slovakia International                         1.03
 28. Sarah Carrigan (Aus) Australian National Team                      1.03
 29. Erica Green (RSA) South African National Team                      1.03
 30. Juanita Feldhahn (Aus) Australian National Team                    1.03
 31. Vanessa Cheatley (NZ) NZ National Team                             1.03
 32. Jorunn Kvalo (Nor) Norway National Team                            1.03
 33. Fabiana Luperini (Ita) GAS Sport Team                              1.03
 34. Solrun Flataas (Nor) Norway National Team                          1.39
 35. Michelle Ward (GB) Great Britain                                   1.59
 36. Gabriella Pregnolato (Ita) GC Accadue O-Lorena Camicie Akuel       2.42
 37. Sandra Rombouts (Ned) Netherlands                                  3.41
 38. Kirsty Robb (NZ) NZ National Team                                  7.10
 39. Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Netherlands                                  8.32
 40. Ragnhilo Uostol (Nor) Norway National Team                         9.10
 41. Sonja Van Kuik (Ned) Netherlands                                   9.10
 42. Melanie Szubrycht (GB) Great Britain                               9.10
 43. Martine Bras (Ned) Glenview International Team                     9.10
 44. Angela Hunter (GB) Brittania                                       9.10
 45. Annelize Stander (RSA) South African National Team                 9.10
 46. Angela Hillenga (Ned) Netherlands                                  9.10
 47. Elfie Kunz (Swi) Equipe Nürnberger-Emmi                            9.10
 48. Rosalind Reekie-May (NZ) Performance Academy Team                  9.10
 49. Sandra Missbach (Ger) The Greenery-Hawk Team                       9.10
 50. Marguerite Ritchie (NZ) Performance Academy Team                   9.10
 51. Nora Moeke (NZ) Hedgehog Cycles                                    9.10
 52. Sophie Freshwater (Aus) Jayco-VIS                                  9.10
 53. Naomi Williams (Aus) Jayco-VIS                                     9.10
 54. Tracey Clark (NZ) Performance Academy Team                         9.10
 55. Vera Hohlfeld (Ger) GAS Sport Team                                 9.10
 56. Miyoko Karami (Jap) Gios - Japan                                   9.10
 57. Geraldine Denham (Aus) Jayco-VIS                                   9.10
 58. Alena Barillova (Svk) Slovakia International                       9.10
 59. Lyn Nixon (Aus) Glenview International Tea                         9.10
 60. Natalie Beeston (NZ) Performance Academy Team                      9.10
 61. Sara Saarelainen (Fin) Glenview International Team                 9.10
 62. Chantelle Robertson (NZ) Performance Academy Team                  9.10
 63. Liza Serfontein (RSA) South African National Team                  9.10
 64. Penny Smithers (Aus) Glenview Hotel                                9.10
 65. Cherie Pridham (GB) GS Mazza-Tege Switzerland                      9.10

Started: 100
Finished: 65

Report from Karen Kurreck

Round 2 of the World cup was today in Hamilton, New Zealand. The course was a 5.5km circuit that we did 18 times. It was more technical than Australia with lots of turns, but it wasn't that much harder. There were several climbs about 100m long. The hardest one was fairly steep (small ring) and came out of a narrow hairpin turn. I think most people agreed though that the race was quite a bit harder than last week. The Italian teams seem to have gotten fitter in the past week and there were a lot more people able to be part of the action. There are also a lot of tired legs from 2 hard weeks of racing.

We all knew it would be hard from the start given the technicality of the course. Positioning on the first few laps would be critical. We heard a rumor that 3 Australians were going to attack from the gun, but I think the pace was too high. On the first lap, 2 corners before the hairpin, I get to the front and Hanka meets me there and takes off. Only Mirjam Melchers (Ned), myself and Liz Tadich (Mazza) come along. We get a good gap going up the climb and keep it going. Liz is riding for her Mazza team here, but clearly working for Anna Wilson as she sits on the whole time. Mirjam, Hanka and I all work together although Hanka's pulls are by far the longest. It is very early and GAS and Dream Team aren't there, but we are gaining time so there is some possibility. We actually stay off for 3 whole laps and then Anna bridges up but the pack is close behind. It was mainly the GAS team that chased and the effort appearantly "gassed" them because only Cappellotto and Luperini made the front group after that.

After that, things slowed up for the next few laps. SOmewhere around lap 8-10, Hanka attacks again and we get a split of the normal 10-12 riders. We are helped by the fact that there is a crash behind us in the hairpin turn. We are caught about half a lap later. The group is probably 35-40 riders at this point (from about 110 starters). Again the pace settles down a bit. There are various attacks by Tracey Gaudry, Juanita Feldham, Pam Schuster, Yvonne McGregor, Anna WIlson, Elizabeth Emery and others, but nobody gets more than a bike length or 2. There is another split driven mainly by Hanka at some point, but again we are caught. With 5 laps to go, things are looking a lot like a field sprint.

On the last little hill before the flat finish straight on about the 13th lap, Juanita Feldham (Aus) attacks with Roberta Bononomi (Dream Team) and Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) on her wheel. They get about a 10m gap and for the first time in the whole race, the pack hesitates. Everyone expects Hanka to chase but she doesn't. The 3 in front are not really the moist marked riders in the field, but they are strong and they gain time quickley. Only a lap later, they have about 40 sec. Hanka sends her 2 teammates to the front, but they are not very effective. Nobody really makes a sustained chase effort. Juanita gets dropped from the break and we catch her. Now Australia has reason to chase, but the gap is a minute and there aren't enough of them left to close it.

With just over a lap to go, Anna attacks and Hanka is on her. I bridge to them with some effort and the 3 of us are clear. We all work hard and hope we can hold off the field for a lap. With about 3/4 of a lap to go we are caught. Now everyone sits up to think about the sprint for 3rd. I am close to the front with about 1km to go, but I don't have the legs to stay in front of "the swarm" when it comes. The finish is a series of "S" turns and if you aren't at the front, you get squeezed. With about 800m to go, Tracey Gaudry goes to the front and holds off the field. Anna is right behind her.

Bononomi beat Dahle in the sprint for the win.

Individual Standings after Round 2:

                                                                       #1      #2   Total

 1. Anna Wilson (Aus) Australian National Team                         75      30     105
 2. Roberta Bonanomi (Ita) GC Accadue O-Lorena Camicie Akuel            0      75      75
 3. Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Greenery-Hawk-Berlin                       50      24      74
 4. Gunn Rita Dahle (Nor) Norwegian National Team                      21      50      71
 5. Tracey Gaudry (Aus) Australian National Team                        9      35      44
 6. Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita) GAS Sport Team                        27      15      42
 7. Yvonne McGregor (GB) Great Britain                                 11      27      38
 8. Sarah Symington (GB) Great Britain                                 35       0      35
 9. Susy Pryde (NZ) New Zealand National Team                          30       0      30
10. Karen Kurreck (USA) North American Team                            24       4      28
11. Sanna Lehtimaki (Fin) Greenery-Hawk-Berlin                         15       8      23
12. Kerstin Scheitle (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger-Emmi                       1      21      22
13. Chantal Beltman (Ned) Netherlands                                  18       0      18
14. Pam Schuster (USA)  Street Skills International                     0      18      18
15. Rikke Sandhoj-Olsen (Den) Greenery-Hawk-Berlin                      8       9      17
16. Sara Felloni (Ita) Ghia Dream Team                                  6       6      12
17. Mari Holden (USA) Ghia Dream Team                                  10       1      11
18. Barbara Heeb (Swi) Equipe Nürnberger-Emmi                           0      11      11
19. Megan Hughes (GB) Great Britain                                     0      10      10
20. Michelle Ward (GB) Great Britain                                    7       0       7
21. Jacinta Coleman (NZ)  GS Mazza-Tege                                 7       0       7
22. Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Netherlands                                   5       0       5
23. Elizabeth Tadich (Aus)  GS Mazza-Tege                               0       5       5
24. Sara Carrigan (Aus) Australian National Team                        4       0       4
25. Zita Urbonaite (Lit) Lithuanian National Team                       2       2       4
26. Gabriella Pregnolato (Ita) Ghia Dream Team                          3       0       3
27. Anne Samplonius (Can) Street Skills International                   0       3       3