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GP de Plouay - CDM
France, August 24-25, 2002
German thunder on the Breton village
By Jean François Quénet in Plouay
Petra Rossner of Saturn is the new leader of the women's world cup after taking second place in the 7th leg in Plouay, France. The race winner was her compatriot Regina Schleicher from the Michela Fanini team. Aged 28, she was European champion back in 1998.
The race was a battle between Saturn and Farm Frites-Hartöl. Leontien van Moorsel was on a mission to drop Rossner, and she managed three times. But three times Rossner came back with the help of her Saturn team.
In the last climb, Simona Parente of Italy broke clear but got caught with 300 metres to go. "Rossner started sprinting from too far," Schleicher explained. So I managed to overtake her. My goal was to make a top 3 here but I wasn't necessarily confident in winning."
Coming 2nd, Rossner becomes the new leader of the World Cup, as she was 14 points behind Melchers, who finished 4th in Plouay where the women were welcomed by a very enthusiastic crowd. Rossner now has 259 points, Melchers 253 and Schleicher 168.
In the morning, the amateur GP Plouay was won by Marc Thévenin of CR4C Roanne. It was the final of the www.velomania.net challenge d'or who crowned former professional Samuel Plouhinec now riding for AVC Aix.
Last-lap drama as Arndt tows Rossner back to break
By Giana Roberge, Saturn team
In a battle of wills, Petra Rossner and her Saturn Team were able to overcome a series of attacks from World Cup Leader Mirjam Melchers. Despite a very aggressive attempt to defend her jersey, at the end of the day, Melchers succumbed to Rossner's determination to reclaim the rainbow jersey.
The seventh event in the nine-race series was held on a circuit course around the French town of Plouay. The field raced eight, fourteen kilometer laps for a total of 113 kilometres. The course was very suitable for a World Cup course, challenging the riders with two climbs per lap but a fast finish for those left in the front group at the end of the 113 kilometres. With the majority of the field still recovering from the Grand Boucle which finished only six days ago, Melchers and her Farm Frites-Hartöl Team took every opportunity to shake Rossner loose. Melchers began the day with a lead of fourteen points over the Saturn rider. Rossner and Melchers have already exchanged the jersey two times along the way to the final round in Rotterdam on September 15.
With the World Cup Overall so close, many teams were satisfied to wait it out as Saturn and Farm Frites battled it out, looking for an opportunity to capitalize. About half way through the race, a group went away with Melchers in it. Rossner and her Saturn Team were left to bring it back, which they eventually did with Ina Teutenberg, Catherine Marsal, Kimberly Bruckner and Judith Arndt working to bring Rossner back onto terms with Melchers.
The final time up the last climb before the finish, Rossner arrived at the top in the front group of six, but without any of her Saturn teammates. After covering two attacks, Rossner was unable to respond as Melchers gained a gap and flew away up the road. While watching the World Cup Lead move away from her, Rossner radioed to Arndt, in the group behind her. In a strong show of strength, Arndt was able to clear the chase group, bridge to Rossner and in four kilometers bring Rossner back to the front group. Catching the group with only five hundred metres remaining, Arndt delivered Rossner with just enough time to sprint. At the finish line, it was fellow German, Regina Schleicher just edging out Rossner for the win, for her second World Cup win. However, Rossner finished second in front of Susanne Lunjskog, hot off her second place finish in the Grand Boucle and Melchers was fourth.
Melchers received 30 points for her fourth place finish, with Rossner taking 50. Rossner now leads the series by nine points. The eighth World Cup round is in Switzerland on September 9. Held on another circuit race with two climbs per lap, Rossner and her Saturn Team will have their work defending the jersey from Melchers. However, in a similar position last year, with Anna Millward leading the series over Melchers, the Saturn team managed to defend on the same Suisse course.
1 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Michela Fanini Record Rox 2.52.38 (39.96 km/h) 2 Petra Rossner (Ger) Saturn 3 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Vlaanderen-T Interim 4 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol 5 Encritz Iturriaga Etxeberria (Spa) Spain 6 Sandrine Marcuz (Fra) France 7 Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spa) Deia-Pragma-Colnago 8 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Reste du Monde 9 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Edilsavino 10 Aline Camboulives (Fra) France 11 Simona Parente (Ita) Edilsavino 0.06 12 Judith Arndt (Ger) Saturn 0.11 13 Sophie Creux (Fra) France 0.33 14 Lisbeth Simper (Den) Michela Fanini Record Rox 15 Magali Le Floch (Fra) France 16 Emma James (Aus) Australia National Team 17 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Team Farm Frites-Hartol 18 Sylvie Riedle (Fra) C.A. Mantes La Ville 19 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Swiss National Team 20 Elisabeth Chevanne-Brunel (Fra) CA Mantes 78 21 Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Spa) Spain 22 Edwige Pitel (Fra) France 23 Marcia Eicher-Vouets (Swi) CA Mantes 78 24 Miho Oki (Jpn) CA Mantes 78 0.54 25 Véronique Belleter (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim 26 Letizia Giardinelli (Ita) SC Michela Fanini 27 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) Saturn 28 Dede Demet-Barry (USA) USA T Mobile 29 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Reste du Monde 1.35 30 Laure Werner (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim 1.37 31 Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol 32 Maria Isabel Moreno (Spa) Spain 33 Alexandra Nohles (Ger) Power-Plate Bik 4.09 34 Annetta Beutler (Swi) Swiss National Team 4.58 35 Sarah Grab (Swi) Swiss National Team 36 Frances Newstead (GBr) British National Team 37 Mélanie Sears (GBr) British National Team 5.51 38 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Power-Plate Bik 39 Kristin Armstrong (USA) USA T Mobile 40 Marina Khodtchenkova (Rus) Edilsavino 41 Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen-T Interim 42 Maryline Salvetat (Fra) France 43 Stacey Peters (USA) USA T Mobile 44 Daniela Veronesi (Ita) Edilsavino 45 Sanne Schmidt (Ger) Power-Plate Bik 46 Virgine Moinard (Fra) France 6.06
1 Petra Rossner (Ger) Saturn 259 pts 2 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol 253 3 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Michela Fanini Record Rox 168 4 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Swiss National Team 120 5 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Australia National Team 100 6 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Edilsavino 98 7 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Nurnberger 92 8 Deirdre Demet-Barry (USA) USA T-Mobile 75 9 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Vlaanderen-T Interim 75 10 Lyne Bessette (Can) Quebec Regional Team 74 11 Anna Millward (Aus) Saturn 50 12 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O 50 13 Judith Arndt (Ger) Saturn 45 14 Hayley Rutherford (Aus) Australia National Team 44 15 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Figurella Dream Team 39 16 Aline Camboulives (Fra) France 37 17 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Acca Due O 36 18 Geneviève Jeanson (Can) RONA 35 19 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O 35 20 Sandrine Marcuz (Fra) France 34