Junior Women's Road Race
Friday, October 13, 2000, 9:15
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Plouay - Plouay, 70.8 km (5 laps)
By Jeff Jones, online editor
Great Britain scored their first gold medal of the 2000 World Championships after Nicole Cooke easily outdistanced Poland's Magdalena Sadlecka and Canada's Clare Hall-Patch in the final few kilometres. The three had been part of a breakaway for much of the race, that also included Russian Natalia Boiarskaia. The main peloton never got closer than 30 seconds and the leaders could fight out the finish in safety.
The race got underway at a steady tempo, with the pace being controlled by the German, Canadian and Polish teams. A fall on the first lap took out French champ, Camille Valla, Australian Fiona Dwyer, and Lithuanian Justina Dieninyte, leaving 40 riders left in the leading peloton at the end of lap one.
The first attack came on lap two, by Great Britain's Nicole Cooke, who was joined by Claire Hall-Patch (Can) and Bettina Kuhn (Swi). By the end of the lap, the bunch had exploded and a new leading group formed with Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol), Cooke, Hall-Patch and Natalia Boiarskaia (Rus). Australian Kate Bates was in a small chasing group, along with Juliette Vanderkerckhove (Fra), Nele Van Den Bossche (Bel) and Sarah Düster (Ger).
By the end of lap two, the break had 20 seconds, which grew to 50 to the disorganised chasers after three laps. On lap four, the Belgians, Germans, and Dutch tried to close the gap, and brought it to 30 seconds by the close of the lap. However it was looking unlikely that the chasing group had enough firepower to close the gap to the smoothly working front group. A fall in the peloton took Raphaelle Lemieux (Can) and Megan Elliott (USA) out of the race during that lap also.
On the last lap, Britain's Nicole Cooke was particularly active in front, throwing in several attacks to try and dislodge the other three. Despite this, they kept their 30 second lead and were not going to be caught by the remains of the peloton, although Liana Bahler (Ger), Marina Jaunâtre (Fra) and Juliette Vandekerkhove (Fra) tried with counter-moves.
Cooke attacked one last time with two kilometres to go, and only the Pole Sadlecka could follow. With one kilometre to go, she had 100 metres and that's how it stayed. Sadlecka took the silver in front of Canadian Clare Hall-Patch, with Boiarskaia in fourth. The 'bunch' sprint for fifth was won by Nele Van Den Bossche (Bel) who beat Kate Bates (Aus) and Ine Wannijn (Bel).
1 Nicole Cooke (GBr) 1.49.02 (38.96 km/h) 2 Magdalena Sadlecka (Pol) 0.08 3 Clare Hall-Patch (Can) 0.12 4 Natalia Boiarskaia (Rus) 0.42 5 Nele Van Den Bossche (Bel) 0.58 6 Katherine Bates (Aus) 7 Ine Wannijn (Bel) 8 Juliette Vandekerckhove (Fra) 9 Bettina Kuhn (Swi) 10 Frederika Van Der Wiel (Ned) 11 Liane Bahler (Ger) 12 Ekaterina Malomoura (Rus) 13 Marina Jaunatre (Fra) 1.01 14 Sonja Traxel (Swi) 1.32 15 Natalia Tretiakova (Rus) 1.39 16 Anna Gusmini (Ita) 1.47 17 Corine Hierckens (Bel) 2.05 18 Sarah Düster (Ger) 2.06 19 Cornelia Van Haastert (Ned) 2.32 20 Andrea Hess (Swi) 2.37 21 Lisa Gatto (Ita) 2.38 22 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) 2.40 23 Josephine Groenveld (Ned) 3.56 24 Pamela Garnier (Fra) 4.00 25 Kathy Ingels (Bel) 8.47 26 Patricia Palencia Aleman (Mex) 9.27 27 Susan Thiele (Ger) 28 Andrea Knecht (Swi) 10.18 29 Diana Elmentaite (Ltu) 30 Emilia Skawinska (Pol) 10.20 31 Serena Cavicchi (Ita) 10.22 32 Katarina Dolinska (Svk) 10.29 33 Volha Hayeva (Blr) 10.31 34 Lauren Franges (USA) 11.06 35 Volha Kushniarevich (Blr) 11.08 36 Katie Brown (Aus) 12.25 37 Sarah Uhl (USA) 13.36 38 Jessica Amy (Aus) 39 Mette Fischer Andreasen (Den) 13.37 40 Anna Sipurzynska (Pol) 41 Adriana Fouche (RSA) 42 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) 43 Laura Bissell (GBr) 44 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) 45 Helene Tveter (Nor) 13.38 46 Camille Valla (Fra) 13.39 47 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 17.55 48 Erica Drew (Can) 49 Odessa Osorio (USA) 50 Elena Chalaeva (Rus) 51 Eva Potocna (Svk) 17.56 52 Samantha Serfontein (RSA) 53 Izaskun Alboniga Pena (Spa) 54 Lorna Webb (GBr) 21.27 55 Zdenka Havlikova (Cze) 21.41 56 Marta Plata Rodriguez (Spa) 26.13 DNF Raphaele Lemieux (Can) DNF Valentina Alessio (Ita) DNF Wioletta Balawajder (Pol) DNF Leticia Gil Parra (Spa) DNF Rosa Maria Membrives Gimenez (Spa) DNF Justina Dieninyte (Ltu) DNF Indre Januleviciute (Ltu) DNF Fiona Dwyer (Aus) DNF Andrea Balint (Hun) DNF Claire Dixon (GBr) DNF Megan Elliott (USA) DNF Engela Conradie (RSA) DNF Samantha Serfontein (RSA)