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2nd GP Feminas Castilla y Leon - CDM

Spain, March 30, 2003

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Melchers wins with last minute attack

Carrigan maintains World Cup lead

Melchers crossing the line
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Dutchwoman Mirjam Melchers has claimed her first World Cup race win of the season, taking the GP Feminas Castilla y Leon in Villarcayo, Spain. Melchers attacked a 20 rider lead group with eight kilometres to go to win the race by two seconds, with Anita Valen (Bik-Powerplate) taking the bunch sprint for second ahead of teammate Sara Carrigan. The latter increased her lead in the World Cup competition with 118 points, ahead of Melchers (85 pts) and Schleicher (82 pts).

The race was held over seven laps of a testing course in Villarcayo. Nothing happened during the first five laps with the peloton content to remain together. With two laps to go, Nicole Brändli (Prato Marathon Bike) and Olivia Gollan (Australian National Team) attacked, gaining up to 40 seconds lead on the bunch. That provoked a reaction, and the race became very aggressive with a group of 26 riders forming at the front, containing most of the favourites for the race.

Melchers was able to attack the group in the last lap to take the win, her biggest of the season. She will try and claim the World Cup jersey on her home territory when the fourth round, the Amstel Gold Race, takes place in the Netherlands on April 20.

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Results

1 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team  2.53.48 (37.11 km/h)
2 Anita Valen (Nor) Bik-Powerplate                          0.02
3 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Bik-Powerplate
4 Alison Wright (Aus) Australian National Team
5 Virginie Moinard (Fra) French National Team
6 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis-Safi
7 Regina Schleicher (Ger) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
8 Rachel Heal (GBr) British National Team
9 Sharon Van Dromme (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
10 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
11 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung
12 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Prato Marathon Bike
13 Theresa Senff (Ger) German National Team
14 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Ausra Gruodis-Safi
15 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Australian National Team
16 Sophie Creux (Fra) French National Team
17 Dori Ruano Sanchón (Spa) Prato Marathon Bike
18 Zinaida Stahurskaya (Blr) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
19 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
20 Aline Camboulives (Fra) G.S. Mazza
21 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike               0.07
22 Oenone Wood (Aus) Australian National Team               0.33
23 Miho Oki (Jpn) Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team           1.53
24 Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) Ausra Gruodis-Safi                 3.23
25 Katia Longhin (Ita) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena Camic   4.29
26 Ioulia Martissova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike
27 Arenda Grimberg (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team
28 Janildes Silva Fernandes (Bra) Prato Marathon Bike
29 Angela Brodtka (Ger) German National Team
30 Marina Khodtchenkova (Rus) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo
31 Azucena Sánchez Benito (Spa) Spanish National Team
32 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
33 Maroussia Rusca (Swi) Swiss National Team
34 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Dutch National Team
35 Karine Dalmais (Fra) French National Team
36 Vibe Janne Kolding (Den) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
37 Rosa María Bravo Soba (Spa) Mauco Embutidos
38 Josephine Groenreld (Ned) Dutch National Team
39 Marta Evangelisti (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
40 Annette Beutler (Swi) Swiss National Team
41 Elisabeth Vink (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team
42 Frederieke Van Der Wiel (Ned) Dutch National Team
43 Rosa Membrives Gimenez (Spa) Mauco Embutidos
44 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
45 Letitia Belaud (Fra) French National Team
46 Liane Bahler (Ger) German National Team
47 Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) British National Team
48 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis-Safi
49 Silvia Parietti (Ita) Prato Bike-Aki
50 Doedee Bauhje (Ned) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
51 Mercedes Cagigas Amedo (Spa) Mauco Embutidos
52 Julia Pekarkova (Cze) Konica
53 Laure Werner (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
54 María Isabel Moreno Allue (Spa) Spanish National Team
55 Sonia Huguet (Fra) French National Team
56 Sarah Grar (Swi) Swiss National Team
57 Delphine Guille (Fra) French National Team
58 Aranzazu Azpiroz Azpiroz (Spa) Spanish National Team
59 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team
60 Emily Williams (Aus) Australian National Team
61 Frances Newstead (GBr) British National Team
62 Sharon Van Essen (Ned) Bik-Powerplate
63 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie
64 Nataliya Kachalka (Ukr) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
65 Emma James (Aus) Australian National Team
66 Anna Ramírez Bauxell (Spa) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
67 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) G.S. Mazza
68 Giovanna Troldi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
69 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Bik-Powerplate
70 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
71 Ruth Moll Marques (Spa) C.C.D. Urrats De Vitoria
72 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
73 Areke Hassink (Ned) Dutch National Team
74 Tina Liebig (Ger) German National Team
75 Simona Parente (Ita) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai      4.40
76 Sonja Traxel (Swi) Swiss National Team
77 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Bik-Powerplate                    5.52
78 Cristina Alcalde Huertanos (Spa) Sabeco
79 Fátima Blazquez Lozano (Spa) Mauco Embutidos
80 Emma Davies (GBr) British National Team                  7.33

Teams

1 Prato Marathon Bike                                    8.41.35
2 Australian National Team                                  0.26
3 Ausra Gruodis-Safi                                        3.16
4 USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo                                  4.22
5 French National Team
6 Bik-Powerplate
7 Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team                           6.11
8 S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox                            8.49
9 German National Team
10 Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
11 British National Team
12 Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
13 Dutch National Team                                     13.16
14 Swiss National Team
15 Mauco Embutidos
16 Spanish National Team
17 Team 2002 Aurora RSM
18 Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung                          21.41

World Cup standings after round 3

                                                          AUS   ITA   SPA   TOT
                                                          
1 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Bik-Powerplate                       75     8    35   118
2 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team          10    75    85
3 Regina Schleicher (Ger) USC Chirio Forno d'Asolo         11    50    21    82
4 Anita Valen (Nor) Bik-Powerplate                               27    50    77
5 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike                     75          75
6 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis-Safi                15    35    24    74
7 Virginie Moinard (Fra)                                         30    27    57
8 Alison Wright (Aus) Road Runner Guercotti                 7    18    30    55
9 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung        35     7    10    52
10 Katie Mactier (Aus) Saturn Cycling Team                 50                50
11 Melissa Holt (NZl) Equipe Cycliste Rona-Esker           30                30
12 Oenone Wood (Aus)                                        6    24          30
13 Kristin Armstrong (USA) Team T-Mobile USA               27                27
14 Nathalie Bates (Aus)                                    24     0          24
15 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Equipe Cycliste Rona-Esker              21          21
16 Katherine Bates (Aus) Bik-Powerplate                    21     0          21
17 Sophie Creux (Fra)                                            15     5    20
18 Petra Rossner (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung      18     0          18
19 Rachel Heal (GBr)                                                   18    18
20 Sharon Vandromme (Bel)                                              15    15
21 Olivia Gollan (Aus)                                      5     1     6    12
22 Nicole Brändli (Swi) Prato Marathon Bike                       3     9    12
23 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie      11          11
24 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu)                                             11    11
25 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Bik-Powerplate                      10                10
26 Ioulia Martissova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike                    9           9
27 Alexis Rhodes (Aus)                                      9                 9
28 Miho Oki (Jpn) Farm Frites-Hartol Cycling Team           8     0           8
29 Theresa Senff (Ger)                                                  8     8
30 Nicole Cooke (GBr)                                                   7     7
31 Vera Carrara (Ita) Road Runner Guercotti                       6           6
32 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)                                    5           5
33 Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike                 4           4
34 Amy Safe (Aus)                                           4                 4
35 Dori Ruano Sanchón (Spa)                                             4     4
36 Elizabeth Williams (NZl)                                 3     0           3
37 Zinaida Stahurskaya (Blr)                                            3     3
38 Hayley Rutherford (Aus) Road Runner Guercotti                  2           2
39 Renée Fortunato (Aus)                                    2                 2
40 Susanne Ljungskog (Swi)                                              2     2
41 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung    1     0           1
42 Aline Camboulives (Fra)                                              1     1