The AIS Women's Team Diary 2004
On the podium at Milan San Remo
Photo: © AIS
Welcome to one of our more unusual diaries, with entries from the
various members of the Australian Institute of Sport's Women's team as
they conduct their European campaign.
In 2003 the AIS team was the top women's squad in the world and has
started 2004 with a bang as pocket rocket sprinter Oenone Wood leads the
World Cup after two rounds. Follow Wood and team-mates such as Olivia
Gollan and Sara Carrigan in their diary, only on Cyclingnews.
Stage 4: Fighting it out in the saddle
By Olivia Gollan
With Trixi Worrack in yellow at the start of today's stage her faithful Nurnberger
team were on the defence from the gun. The French Inter Region - Pruneaux D'Agen
(The Prune Team for short) were aggressive from the start and were keeping Nurnberger
on their toes. It was a fairly stop start first 50km until the sprint where
Hanka Kupfernagal did an awesome lead out for team mate Debby Mansveld who is
fighting it out for the sprint jersey with Canadian, Gina Grain and Home Cycling's
After a second few kilometres of pain with another sprint prime we hit the
one and only Cat 1 climb for the day. Judith Arndt went straight to the front
and set a fairly gruesome tempo to prevent any attacks. I had decided to race
for the Mountains Jersey so waited on Theresa Sneff's wheel until 250m to go.
I took the sprint - leaving me now 2 points off the jersey.
After the climb the pace was pretty slow and despite a few gallant efforts
from several teams nothing was getting past the Nurnbergers. With a fairly technical
finish we were going to try and set off a late move but British rider Sarah
Simington beat us to it. With about 8km to go she attacked at a great moment
and caught the peloton looking for Nurnberger to chase. Without an immediate
response from the group Sarah got a good gap and with German Rider, Luise Keller
bridging across to her the two of them had a big advantage in no time.
They held us off until the finish and from what I can gather, Sarah Simmington
won the sprint from a disappointed Keller. Anita Valen won the bunch sprint
from Ghita Beltman and Alison Wright - this lot are fighting it out for the
points jersey. Another day in the wind and hills tomorrow before the ITT on
Wednesday. Can Worrack hold the jersey till the end? Time will tell.