Rotterdam Tour - CDM

Rotterdam, Netherlands, September 16, 2001

2000 Results    Results   World Cup standings

Judith Arndt wins final World Cup

Millward clinches title

By Giana Roberge, Team Saturn

For the second time in the four years since its inception, Saturn's Anna Millward has won the World Cup Series. Millward won the series in 1999, and after today's finale has once again claimed the Rainbow Jersey and Crystal Bowl.

The final race in the nine event series was held today in Rotterdam, Holland. Despite the rain and wind, the citizens of the largest port in the world came out to see the conclusion of the series that kicked off in Australia in March. Millward and her Saturn Team have held the lead of the World Cup from when Millward won the first race in Canberra. The odds where in Millward's favour as she came into the final stop, however, the Saturn Team did not breathe a sigh of relief until the group reached the final four laps of the finishing circuits.

The race was quiet for the first forty kilometres, however, when a group of six escaped things heated up. In the group were Dutchwomen Ghita Beltman and Sissy Van Alebeek and sprinters Monica Valen (Sponsorservice) and Vlaanderen's Debby Mansveld. Sandra Missbach (RWC Ahoy) and Sandra Rombouts (Netherlands) completed the six.

With over 100 kilometres of wet racing left, the peloton seemed content to let the break go. Germany's Judith Arndt, sensing the time was ripe shot like a rocket from the peloton, and covered the 1'30 gap very quickly. Her arrival motivated the break, and soon the gap was nearly four minutes.

The group of seven arrived intact onto the final four circuits of five kilometres each. With three laps to go Arndt attacked the group, and no one was able to respond. She soloed away to win by nearly two minutes in a stunning fashion. Valen and Mansveld's chase separated them from the remaining four, with Mansveld claiming second over Valen.

Back in the pack, Millward and her Saturn teammates had a bit of a scare when Millward slipped out on a particularly slick section and crashed to the pavement. Her teammates quickly stopped and chased her back to the group. Once she arrived to the finish line the first time, a sore Millward pulled out of the race, content to watch her friend Arndt win the race.

Millward won two of the nine World Cup races, with her teammate, Petra Rossner winning the third for the Saturn team in Philadelphia, PA. In the final standings, it was Millward over Mirjam Melchers in second and Susanne Ljungskog in third.

Results - 139 km

1 Judith Arndt (Ger) German National Team                  3.33.56  (38.84 km/h)
2 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team       3.24
3 Monica Valen (Nor) Team Sponsorservice
4 Sharon Van Essen (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol                   4.11
5 Sandra Missbach (Ger) German National Team
6 Edith Moerenhout-Klep (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature          4.23
7 Ghita Beltman (Ned) Dutch National Team                     4.29
8 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Dutch National Team                   5.33
9 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) AIS Australia
10 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Dutch National Team
11 Heidi Van De Vijver (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
12 Solrun Flataas (Nor) Team Sponsorservice
13 Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
14 Sabrina Raaymakers (Ned)
15 Daphne Hoeve (Ned)
16 Enevitz Iturriaga (Spa) Bik-Toscany Sport
17 Melanie Mansveld (Ned)
18 Melanie Sears (GBr) British National Team
19 Elly Van Boxmeer (Ned)
20 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
21 Andrea Bosman (Ned)
22 Jorunn Kvalö (Nor) Team Sponsorservice
23 Catharina Mulders (Ned)
24 Marieke Verhoeven (Ned)
25 Afke Sijm (Ned)
26 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
27 Wendie Kramp (Ned) Bik-Toscany Sport
28 Inge Klep (Ned)
29 Rachel Heal (GBr) British National Team
30 Ine Wannijn (Bel) Belgian National Team
31 Joanne Cavill (GBr) British National Team
32 Gemma Hubers (Ned)
33 Anja Nobus (Bel) Belgian National Team
34 Josephine Groenveld (Ned) Bik-Toscany Sport
35 Janneke Vos (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
36 Vanja Vonckx (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
37 Rosa Bravo (Spa) Bik-Toscany Sport
38 Astrid Van Tol (Ned)
39 Areke Hassink (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
40 Emma James (Aus)
41 Caroline Slikker (Ned)
42 Wenche Stensvold (Nor) Team Sponsorservice
43 Angela Hillenga (Ned)
44 Sandra Degueldre (Bel) Belgian National Team
45 Ragnhild Kostoel (Nor) Team Sponsorservice
46 Nele Van Den Bossche (Bel) Belgian National Team
47 Francis Newstead (GBr) British National Team
48 Kate Bates (Aus) AIS Australia
49 Sandra Rombouts (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
50 Inge Velthuis (Ned)
51 Marielle Van Scheppingen (Ned)
52 Lensy Debboudt (Bel) Belgian National Team
53 Baukje Doedee (Ned)
54 Francis Linthorst (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
55 Evy Van Damme (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
56 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Belgian National Team
57 Abke Francissen (Ned)
58 Minke Van Dongen (Ned) Dutch National Team
59 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
60 Sonja Van Kuik (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
61 Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team       5.43
62 Kristy Miggels (Ned)                                       6.16
63 Eefje Ottevager (Ned)
64 Angelina Huis (Ned)

Final World Cup standings

1 Anna Millward (Aus) Saturn                           324 pts
2 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Acca Due O                     285
3 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Vlaanderen-T-Interim         240
4 Fabianna Luperini (Ita) Edil Savino                  136
5 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen-T-Interim            112
6 Heid Van de Vijver (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim        101
7 Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr) GAS Sport Team              91
8 Petra Rossner (Ger) Saturn                            86
9 Judith Arndt (Ger) Germany                            85
10 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Team Alfa Lum                80

Full standings

Past winners

2000 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Dutch National Team
1999 Petra Rossner (Ger)
1998 Diana Ziliute (Ltu)