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1st GP Feminas Castilla y Leon (CDM)

Spain, April 21, 2002

Results    World Cup standings

Schleicher wins in Spain

Rossner regains WC jersey

Germany's Regina Schleicher (Michela Fanini) has won the inaugural edition of the GP Feminas Castilla y Leon, the fifth round of the women's World Cup. Schleicher was the strongest on the uphill sprint at the end of the 115 km race, coming around compatriot Petra Rossner (Saturn) to take the win. In third place was Mirjam Melchers (Farm Frites-Hartol) who nevertheless lost her World Cup leader's jersey to Rossner.

150 riders from 26 teams took the start in ideal conditions amongst the rolling countryside of Valladolid in Spain, about 200km north west of Madrid. The 35 km undulating circuit was covered three times, with the final 3 km heading into the centre of Valladolid for a solid uphill final kilometre.

Farm Frites-Hartol and Saturn were strong on the front throughout the race, controlling the main group, with riders constantly dropping off the back. Petra Rossner suffered a fall midway with another 20 riders coming down in a mix-up with an official motorcycle. Her teammate Kimberley Bruckner punctured at the critical time leading into the final major climb at 15km to go, with teammate Lyne Bessette stopping immediately to assist her back through a stretched out convoy, the race now in three groups.

Over the final climb and the race was broken up considerably, with many attacks trying to get clear before the tough finish. Nürnberger riders Margaret Hemsley and Hanka Kupfernagel launched attacks in the last 10km, but were brought back immediately.

The final group of 60 plus came to the last climb with the main contenders well positioned. There was some bad luck for Australian Liz Tadich, who had a slow leak in her rear tyre in the last kilometres.

The group was well strung out in the final 600 metre uphill finish straight, with Michela Fanini cyclist, Regina Schleicher able to come past fellow German Petra Rossner in the last 50 metres to claim her first World Cup victory, with Rossner collecting enough points in second to move back into the lead in the series.

Mirjam Melchers was just behind Rossner for 3rd, and now looks like a clear battle between these two riders for the overall in September, with the next round in Montreal on June 1, and three remaining rounds in Europe through August and September.

Courtesy of James Victor, AIS


1 Regina Schleicher (Ger) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox     2.55.51
2 Petra Rossner (Ger) Saturn Cycling Team
3 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Team Farm Frites - Hartol
4 Angela Brodtka (Ger) German National Team
5 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Swiss National Team
6 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung        0.03
7 Monica Valen (Nor) Team Sponsor Service
8 Miho Oki (Jpn) C.A. Mantes La Ville 78
9 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Figurella Dream Team
10 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C
11 Hayley Rutherford (Aus) Australian National Team
12 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Italian National Team
13 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
14 Olga Slioussareva (Rus) Itera Team
15 Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita) Power-Plate - Bik
16 Olga Zabelinskaia (Rus) Itera Team
17 Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen - T-Interim Ladies
18 Rosa María Bravo Soba (Spa) Spanish National Team
19 Heidi Van De Vijver (Bel) Vlaanderen - T-Interim Ladies
20 Sylvie Riedle (Ger) C.A. Mantes La Ville 78
21 Trixi Worrack (Ger) German National Team
22 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C
23 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C   0.10
24 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Deia - Pragma - Colnago                   0.12
25 Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Ned) Team Farm Frites-Hartol
26 Elizabeth Tadich (Aus) Australian National Team
27 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Australian National Team
28 Annetta Beutler (Swi) Swiss National Team                    0.15
29 Katie Mactier (Aus) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
30 Pia Sundstedt (Fin) Team Sponsor Service
31 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C
32 Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spa) Deia - Pragma - Colnago
33 Liane Bahler (Ger) German National Team                      0.17
34 Suzanne Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team
35 Caroline Alexander (GBr) Great Britain National Team
36 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Power-Plate - Bik                     0.20
37 Alison Wright (Aus) Australian National Team                 0.24
38 Melanie Sears (GBr) Great Britain National Team
39 Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) Team Sponsor Service
40 Mari Holden (USA) USA National Team                          0.26
41 Mirella Van Melis (Ned) Vlaanderen - T-Interim Ladies        0.28
42 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C
43 Marianna Lorenzoni (Ita) Team Aliverti Kookai Imm. Luca
44 Elena Tchalykh (Rus) Itera Team
45 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
46 Marcia Eicher-Vouets (Swi) C.A. Mantes La Ville 78
47 Amber Neben (USA) USA National Team
48 Vera Hohlfeld (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
49 Asa Hagberg (Swe) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
50 Sandra Wampfler (Swi) C.A. Mantes La Ville 78
51 Elisabeth Chevanne-Brunel (Fra) C.A. Mantes La Ville 78      0.38
52 Silvia Parietti (Ita) Figurella Dream Team                   0.39
53 Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Team Aliverti Kookai Imm. Luca 0.41
54 Letizia Giardinelli (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
55 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Australian National Team                 0.47
56 Lara Ruthven (USA) USA National Team
57 Birgit Söllner (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung          0.52
58 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Team Farm Frites - Hartol              0.57
59 Tanja Schmidt-Hennes (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
60 Anke Wichmann (Ger) German National Team                     1.01
61 Jessica Phillips (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
62 Vera Carrara (Ita) Itera Team                                1.03
63 Jenny Algelid-Bengtsson (Swe) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 1.05
64 Rachel Heal (GBr) Great Britain National Team                1.12
65 Catherine Marsal (Fra) Saturn Cycling Team                   1.14
66 Judith Arndt (Ger) Saturn Cycling Team                       1.53
67 Kirsty Nicole Robb (NZl) Team Farm Frites - Hartol           2.26
68 Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned) Team Farm Frites - Hartol
69 Ioulia Martissova (Rus) Itera Team                           2.33
70 Susan Carter (GBr) Great Britain National Team               2.37
71 Joanne Cavill (GBr) Great Britain National Team
72 Rhonda Quick (USA) Figurella Dream Team
73 Mercedes Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Spanish National Team
74 Stefania Martucci (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
75 Montserrat Alonso Bernal (Spa) Catalonian Selection          2.44
76 Jorunn Kvalö (Nor) Team Sponsor Service                      2.46
77 Tania Belvederesi (Ita) Power-Plate - Bik
78 Kristina Obrucoba (Cze) Czech National Team
79 Doreen Weise (Ger) German National Team                      2.47
80 Clarissa Breuer (Ger) German National Team
81 Ghita Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C
82 Claudia Marietta (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
83 Anna Gusmini (Ita) Italian National Team
84 Veronika Andreasson (Swe) Power-Plate - Bik
85 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen - T-Interim Ladies
86 Alena Potapova (Rus) Russian National Team                   2.59
87 Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Swiss National Team                       3.18
88 Vanessa Rochell Guyton (NZl) Vlaanderen - T-Interim Ladies   7.01
89 Naomi Williams (Aus) Australian National Team
90 Anna Ramírez (Spa) Team Aliverti Kookai Imm. Luca            7.21
91 Sanne Schmidt (Den) Power-Plate - Bik                        7.49
92 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
93 Leticia Gil Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team                8.57
94 Fátima Blazquez Lozano (Spa) Spanish National Team           8.57
95 Iosune Murillo Elkano (Spa) Sabeco                          11.06
96 Julia Pekarkova (Cze) Czech National Team                   11.33
97 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Deia - Pragma - Colnago
98 Rita Ellinikaki (Gre) Team Aliverti Kookai Imm. Luca
99 Solrun Flataas (Nor) Team Sponsor Service
100 Ruth Martínez Gómez (Spa) Spanish National Team
101 Lisa Gatto (Ita) Italian National Team
102 Agurtzane Elorriaga Derteano (Spa) Pinturas Juno
103 Roberta Bonanomi (Ita) Figurella Dream Team
104 Sonja Van Kuik (Ned) Team Farm Frites - Hartol
105 Patricia Roel Vazquez (Spa) Spanish National Team
106 Ragnhild Kostöl (Nor) Team Sponsor Service

Teams competition

1 Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena C             8.47.49
2 German National Team                          0.04
3 Australian National Team                      0.11
4 Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                0.18
5 C.A. Mantes La Ville 78
6 Itera Team
7 Vlaanderen - T-Interim Ladies
8 Team Sponsor Service                          0.26
9  S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox               0.27
10 Great Britain National Team                  0.42
11 Team Farm Frites - Hartol                    0.53
12 Saturn Cycling Team                          1.13
13 USA National Team                            1.25
14 Power-Plate - Bik                            2.53
15 Figurella Dream Team                         3.03
16 Swiss National Team                          3.17
17 Team Aliverti Kookai Imm. Luca               8.14
18 Spanish National Team                       11.21
19 Deia - Pragma - Colnago                     11.44
20 Italian National Team                       14.07

World Cup standings after round 5

1 Petra Rossner (Ger) Saturn                          200 pts
2 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol            193
3 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus)                              100
4 Priska Doppmann (Swi)                                97
5 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Michaela Fanini              93
6 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Nurnberger                   92
7 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Edilsavino                    75
8 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn                           50
9 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due                         50
10 Hayley Rutherford (Aus)                             44
11 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Vlaanderen T Interim        40
12 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Figurella Dream Team        39
13 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Acca Due                       36
14 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due                      35
15 Luisa Tamanini (Ita)                                33
16 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Power Plate-Bik                 32
17 Virginie Moinard (Fra)                              30
18 Alison Wright (Aus)                                 30
19 Angela Brodtka (Ger)                                30
20 Naomi Williams (Aus)                                29
21 Melissa Holt (NZl) Equipe Cycliste Rona             29
22 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Deia Pragma - Colnago            28
23 Heidi Van De Vijver (Bel) Vlaanderen T Interim      27
24 Miho Oki (Jpn) C. A. Mantes La Ville 78             26
25 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen T Interim           24
26 Simona Parente (Ita) Edilsavino                     24
27 Caroline Alexander (GBr)                            21
28 Vera Carrara (Ita) Itera Team                       21
29 Rosalind Reekie-May (NZl)                           21
30 Monica Valen (Nor) Team Sponsor Service             21
31 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Nurnberger                   19
32 Tanja Schmidt-Hennes (Ger) Nurnberger               18
33 Mari Holden (USA)                                   18
34 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol            15
35 Kym Shirley (Aus) Itera team                        13
36 Alessandra Cappellotto (Ita) Power Plate-Bik        13
37 Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen T Interim            12
38 Aline Camboulives (Fra)                             11
39 Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus) Edilsavino               11
40 Sylvie Riedle (Ger) C. A. Mantes La Ville 78        11
41 Trixi Worrack (Ger)                                  9
42 Judith Arndt (Ger) Saturn                            9
43 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) Acca Due                    8
44 Pia Sundstedt (Fin) Team Sponsor Service             7
45 Elisabeth Tadich (Aus)                               7
46 Kimberly Anderson (USA)                              7
47 Olga Slioussareva (Rus) Itera Team                   7
48 Theresa Senf (Ger)                                   6
49 Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spa) Deia Pragma-Colnago     5
50 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) Saturn                       5
51 Olga Zabelinskaja (Rus) Itera Team                   5
52 Catherine Marsal (Fra) Saturn                        4
53 Zinaida Stahurskaia (Rus) Uschi Chirio               3
54 Jessica Phillips (USA) Saturn                        3
55 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)                          3
56 Valentina Polkhanova (Rus)                           2
57 Olivia Gollan (Aus)                                  2
58 Emma James (Aus)                                     2

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