Results and Reports for April 10

Women's racing

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G.P. Johnson Elettrodomestici

Varesse, Italy, April 9, 2000

By Karen Kurreck

This was a double race weekend. Sunday we raced near Varesse (near Milan). This was one of the races I did last year - it was nice to actually know a course over here for once. We did 10 times a 9km loop with 2 climbs per lap. Both climbs were a little less than 1km but the 2nd one was kind of steep with really bad pavement and cobbles at the top.

The first few laps were pretty steady and hard enough to weed out a bit of pack fill, but not too serious. Pia Sundstedt (GAS) attacked hard on the 2nd and 3rd laps on the climb and got a pretty good gap but couldn't hold it alone. Gabriella Pregnolato (GAS) countered her 2nd attack and got away in one of her trademark solo moves. She was brought back about 1 lap later. By the 4th lap, the pace went up a notch with numerous attacks. On the 5th lap, I went with a small group over the climb but we were caught shortly thereafter. Then Svetlana Bubnenkova (Savino) and another GAS rider were off for a bit.

On the 6th lap, on the flat section between the climbs, Valeria Cappelloto (GAS) attacked and got a gap. Valentina (Savino), Katja Longin (Master), Lucia Pezzelotto (Fanini), Pia Sundstedt (GAS) and Silvia (Savino) went after her. Both GAS and us had 2 riders up the road and the other 2 strongest teams, Fanini and Master, were content as well. GAS amassed the front and controlled the pace and the break was quickly out of sight.

There were some attacks in the field, but it soon became clear that the break was gone for good. After only about 2 laps, they had close to 2 min. It turned out though that the back 5 never did catch Valeria though and she was hovering about 40 sec. in front of the break.

The sky had been looking kind of ominous the whole race and we briefly had a few raindrops around the midpoint but it looked like we would get lucky. Then on the last lap, it started to pour! The roads were slick and there were lots of turns, but luckily everyone was thinking about safety and the World Cup in 2 days. Besides, we were only racing for 7th place.

Svetlana Samokhalova and her Fanini teammate Zinaida Staguskia rode tempo at the front all the way to the last climb and I took a few pulls but mostly sat behind them. On the last climb, Priska Doppman (Master) and another rider attacked and I went along. We caught Silvia who had gotten dropped from the break at about 1.5 km to go and the pack caught us at about 1km to go. I was already at the front, and Giovanna was in the group, so I decided the safest thing would be to just stay at the front and lead out the sprint which I did. Staguskai took the sprint for 6th, I think Doppman was 7th and Troldi 8th.

Meanwhile at the front, Valeria stayed away for the win by around a min. over the chase group of 4. Sundstedt, who I'm sure sat on the whole time, took the sprint for 2nd with Longin 3rd, Polkhanova 4th and Pezzelotto 5th. I think the whole GAS team except those in the break dropped out when the rain started on the last lap. I didn't see them in the field. I also didn't waste any time between the finish line and the showers and as I was going in, I saw Allessandra Cappellotto, Greta Zocca and another GAS coming out all showered and dry. It made a lot of sense, actually - they already had the win they came for, plus another podium place and there was no sense risking a crash in the rain for a sprint for 6th or 7th two days before a World Cup.

Report courtesy of Karen Kurreck,


1. Valeria Cappellotto (Ita) Gas Sport Team
2. Pia Sundstedt (Fin) Gas Sport Team 			1.00
3. Valentina Polkanova (Rus) Edilsavino 		1.03
4. Katia Longhin (Ita) Master Team Carpe Diem
5. Lucia Pizzolotto (Ita) Michela Fanini 
6. Zinaida ahurskaia (Blr) Michela Fanini 		5.00
7. Priska Doppman (Swi) Master Team Carpe Diem

1st Trofeo I.S.A. Italia

Italy, April 8, 2000

By Karen Kurreck

Today (Saturday) we did the "1st Trofeo I.S.A. Italia". According to the posters and programs, it was in memory of "Mamma Rosa". It is part of the Italian national series. The course was 10 laps of a 10 km loop that was dead flat with the exception of 3 overpasses. There were plenty of turns though, and the obligatory pothole and gravel sections. We did have good weather at least. There is always a lot of team changing over the winter, and I am finally learning to recognize everyone in their new team colors.

I am beginning to think the common language of the peloton here is Russian, not Italian! Actually, Russian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Belarussian etc all sound the same to me although I am told they are quite different. All the other countries learn Russian in school but the Russians speak only Russian and can't understand Lithuanian etc. Personally, in general, I find the Russians to be friendlier (especially to foriegners) and more "normal" than the Italians!

Our team was racing for our sprinter, Giovanna Troldi. We had to make sure nobody got away and lead her out at the end. GAS had Greta Zocca and they also seemed content with a field sprint. That didn't stop everyone else from trying to get away though. Gabriella Pregnalato (GAS) also made a couple of her trademark attacks, but she was closely guarded. I spent most of the race covering attacks. After about 5-6 laps, the big guns started firing and it got a lot harder. A group got away with Roberta Bonnanomi (GAS), Pia Sundstedt (GAS), a Fanini rider and a Master Automazione rider. I knew we had to be there if GAS was there, so I bridged up. I wasn't allowed to work even though the others wanted to though, and eventually we all came back to the pack

On the last lap, GAS set tempo at the front to keep the attacks down. With about 2km to go, the windup started. Our train and the GAS train kind of got intermingled. I hit the front at about 700-800m to go. At about 500m to go, Valentina took off with Giovanna on her wheel. The last turn was about 250m from the line and I saw Valentina go through first and Giovanna 2nd and I knew it was a good sign. All I could see of the sprint was Giovanna raising her arms in victory and Valentina also raising hers in the group behind. We won the race! 2nd was Regina Schleicher (Alpha Lum) and 3rd was Greta Zocca (GAS).

After the race, the Russians - Valentina, Mikhail and Svetlana ("Buba") found a Gelateria by the awards podium and we all followed suit with some good Italian gelato.

Report courtesy of Karen Kurreck,

Results - 102 km

1. Giovanna Troldi (Ita) Edilsavino			2.29 (41.074 km/h)
2. Regina Schleicher (Ger) Team Alfa Lum R.S.M.
3. Greta Zocca (Ita) Gas Sport Team 
4. Alessandra D'Ettorre (Ita) S.C. Dream Team Acca Due O
5. Katia Longhin (Ita) Master Team - Carpe Diem
6. Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Master Team - Carpe Diem
7. Alessandra Grassi (Ita) S.C. Dream Team Acca Due O
8. Simona Parente (Ita) Gas Sport Team
9. Zinaida Stahurskaya (Blr) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
10. Nicla Fogagnolo (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox

Ronde rond het Ronostrand

Netherlands, April 8, 2000

Results - 110 km

1. Leontien Van Moorsel-Zijlaard (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
2. Debbie Mansveld (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
3. Sonja Van Kuik (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
4. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger) German National Team
5. Bertina Spijkerman (Ned) KNWU Juniors
6. Martine Bras (Ned) Sponser
7. Sabrina Raaymakers (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit
8. Inge Velthuis (Ned) Trek - Sjef van Bergen
9. Veronique Belleter (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
10. Christine Mos (Ned) Sponser
11. Heidi Van De Vijver (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
12. Vanja Vonckx (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
13. Patricia Hermes (Ned) Sponser
14. Edith Klep (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
15. Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) KNWU Juniors
16. Sandra Rombouts (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
17. Melani Mansveld (Ned) Trek - Sjef van Bergen
18. Kristy Miggels (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit
19. Janneke Vos (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
20. Christina Becker (Ger) 
21. Gemma Hubers (Ned) Trek - Sjef van Bergen
22. Regina Rettke (Ger) Trek - Sjef van Bergen
23. Josephine Groenveld (Ned) KNWU Juniors
24. Saskia Van Duuren (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
25. Angela Van Smoorenburg (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit
26. Nana Stenssens (Bel) 
27. Daphne Hoeve (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit
28. Heidi De Voogd (Ned) KNWU Juniors
29. Godelieve Jansens (Bel) Sponser
30. Angeliena Huis (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesthoek
31. Frederika Van Der Wiel (Ned) KNWU Juniors
32. Vanessa Cheatley (Nzl) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
33. Wendy Kramp (Ned) Sponser
34. Rikke Sandhoej-Olsen (Den) Farm Frites - Hartol
35. Corrien Van Haastert (Ned) KNWU Juniors
36. Afke Sijm (Ned) Sponser
37. Marieke Haverdings (Ned) Sponser
38. Jose Laan (Ned) Sponser
39. Minke Van Dongen (Ned) KNWU Juniors
40. Esther Van Der Helm (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
41. Cecilia Baekstedt (Swi) 
42. Vera Koedooder (Ned) KNWU Juniors
43. Francis Linthorst (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
44. Frieda De Groot (Ned) De Kannibaal
45. Areke Hassink (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
46. Catharina Mulders (Ned) KNWU Juniors
47. Yvonne Brunen (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
48. Baukje Doudee (Ned) Trek - Sjef van Bergen
49. Sabine Gruters (Ned) Trek - Sjef van Bergen
50. Maaike Hunink (Ned) Sponser
51. Saskia Kaagman (Ned) KNWU Juniors
52. Cindy Bauwens (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
53. Irma Van Der Salm (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit
54. Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
55. Annika Hansson (Swi) 
56. Sharon Van Essen (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
57. Janny Kleinjan (Ned) 
58. Miriam De Moel (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesthoek
59. Lenie Dijkstra (Ned) Sponser
60. Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
61. Joyce Van Den Nulft (Ned) Westland Wil Vooruit
62. Ruth Demeyer (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team
63. Marlon Beekman (Ned) Fernhout - Noordwesthoek
64. Bea Bleuminck (Ned) 
65. Madeleine Lindberg (Swi) Farm Frites - Hartol
66. Anouska Van Der Zee (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
67. Danielle Jansen (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
68. Elke Devreese (Bel) Vlaanderen 2002 Ladies Team

Results courtesy of cyclebase

Internationale Ronde van Oud-Gastel

Netherlands, April 8, 2000

Results - 70 km

1. Yvonne Brunen (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol		     1.40.51
2. Leontien Van Moorsel-Zijlaard (Ned) Farm Frites - Hartol
3. Sandra Rombouts (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature			0.10


Netherlands, April 8-9, 2000

1 Kelderhuis
2 Hartogs
3 Versluis

1 Dorland
2 Solaard
3 Van Wersch

1 De Goede
2 Vierling
3 Verstraten

1 Godde
2 Raymakers
3 Scharloo

1 De Graaf
2 Kramer
3 Treurniet

1 Van Etten
2 Van Rossum
3 Alders

1 Van Stralen
2 De Waal
3 Slikker

Source: De Telegraaf

Le vélo féminin au vignoble nantais

Coupe de France, round 2

France, April 9, 2000

1. Marion Clignet (Fra) Acca Due O - Lorena Camicie
2. Juliette Vandekerkove (Fra)
3. Fanny Lecourtois (Fra)
4. Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O - Lorena Camicie
5. Géraldine Loewenguth (Fra)

Courtesy of velomania


Colorado, USA, April 9, 2000

By Anna Wilson

Well I took part in my first US racing this weekend. Actually it wasn't really that spectacular. I just raced some local weekend races here in Boulder. The field wasn't that big and consisted mainly of local riders since there was some National series racing on in Texas this weekend so most of the teams were over there. Julie Hanson and I teamed up together here - both being Saturn riders. We pretty well stitched up the local riders. Not very fair but at least we made some money out of it!!

On Saturday we raced a criterium. It was actually pretty hard because there was a good hill in the course and it was pretty windy. Julie and I were aggressive from early in the race and we ended up in a breakaway of 4 riders, with Mary Grigson (Australian mountain biker) also in the break. I attacked that break late in the race to win solo and Julie won the uphill sprint for second place with Mary third.


1. Anna Wilson (Aus) Saturn
2. Julie Hanson (USA) Saturn
3. Mary Grigson (Aus) Gary Fisher/SAAB
Sunday we raced the "Boulder - Roubaix". This race is an imitation of the Paris-Roubaix which was also raced today. However, the Paris - Roubaix is 270kms long over about 50 kms of cobblestones whereas our Boulder-Roubaix was only 80kms long with no cobble stones - but 80% of it was on dirt roads. It was a fun race - a bit of a novelty for us. When the hammer went down halfway through the race, Mari Holden, Julie and myself made it into a breakaway. Mari was riding very strongly and Julie was suffering on some of the hills so it was a weird breakaway - we didn't really co-operate and work together very well. Mari tried several times to attack but never managed to get away solo. So, with the pace not being forced by us, Mary Grigson and another rider managed to catch us again.

On the final lap, Mari attacked once again and I went with her. I didn't work too hard because I was always hoping that Julie could make it across to us. In the last few kms of the race, Julie managed to get rid of Mary Grigson and chased as hard as she could but she missed catching Mari and I by about 15 seconds. I won the sprint from Mari and Julie finished third.

We were pretty happy with our prize pool for the weekend and it was good preparation for the racing coming up this week. Tomorrow we fly to Oregon to compete in the 6 day Tour of Willamette. All of the major teams will be there so it should be a hard fought race. I'll keep you posted!


1. Anna Wilson (Aus) Saturn
2. Mari Holden (USA) Timex
3. Julie Hanson (USA) Saturn