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6th Montréal World Cup - CDM
Canada, May 31, 2003
A local hero's win for Jeanson
By Kristy Scrymgeour in Montréal
Local champion Genevieve Jeanson did not let the cheering crowd down today as she rode a brilliant race to win the sixth round of the World Cup Series. Swarmed by photographers and local fans before and after the race, Jeanson was all smiles and very excited, "During the race I had short flashes where I knew I could win, but I was very nervous. I am very happy that our plan worked today".
It was certainly a war of attrition on the challenging course in downtown Montreal. Riders were getting dropped on lap one of the 12 lap course as the peloton tackled the steep two kilometer climb and wound their way through technical corners without much time to recover before facing the dreaded climb again.
Anne Samplonius (Quebec) started the day with an attack on lap one, but was caught by the top of Mont Royale at the end of the lap. Rona then followed their plan of trying to keep the pace high on the climbs from early on in the race, and managed to slowly reduce the size of the field. "We wanted to make the race hard so that the other teams were tired later when Genevieve made her move" Cathy Marsal (Rona) told Cyclingnews after the race. "Three of us worked hard early in the race and then it was time for the other two to take over and go a little harder."
And go harder they did. Rona teammates Magalie Le Floch and Karen Bockel revved it up a gear and by the time they reached the top of the climb with six laps remaining, the bunch had dwindled from 40 to 20. Each climb after that was equally as hard with the majority of the riders getting dropped and having to use the descent to chase back on.
The action really began with two laps remaining on the board when the pace up the climb was just too much for most and a small group of six rolled over the climb together leaving the rest of the field in bits and pieces behind. The leading six were Katie Mactier (Saturn) who was driving the pace, Judith Arndt (Nernberger), Suzanne Ljungskog (Catalunya), Nicole Cooke (Ausra Gruodis-Saft), Lyne Bessette (Saturn) and Jeanson. Not far behind were the T-Mobile riders Kimberly Bruckner and Amber Neben.
It was T-Mobile who made the next move as they used the descent to attack the field. First it was Bruckner, who was quickly covered by Jeanson allowing Neben to counter. Her attack was strong and she forced a huge gap leaving the remaining riders looking at each other. For a whole lap Neben was out of site, quickly gaining 30 seconds on the group and making a few riders a little nervous. "At one stage I thought she might stay away, we didn't see her for a while so I rode tempo on the front until I could slowly see her coming back," Mactier said.
Jeanson continued the pressure set by Mactier and by the top of the hill with one lap to go Neben was caught. Ljunskog tried to counter over the peak of the climb, but Jeanson and Cooke were right with her as were Bruckner, Arndt, Neben, and Mactier on the descent. In what she called Dede style, referring to the way her teammate Demet Barry won this race in 2002, Bruckner tried again to attack on the downhill, but to no avail. "We really wanted to give it every chance" Bruckner told Cyclingnews. "It was fun having the vision of winning, and for a while there I thought Amber [Neben] had a chance, but they [Jeanson, Ljunskog, and Cooke] just went ballistic on the climb."
Left down to the final climb, it was a matter of who had the best kick up the hill that had claimed over half the riders during the course of the day. It was Jeanson. With one kilometer to go, she powered away and no-one could match her jump or her speed. She rolled over the line with 11 seconds to spare leaving Arndt and Cooke to battle it out for second place. Cooke took the sprint from Arndt to keep the World Cup leader's jersey, and Mactier backed up a strong ride by soloing over the line for fourth. Sara Carrigan also had a strong ride finishing sixth behind Ljungskog, but will have to wait until round seven for her next chance to make a dent on Cooke's overall lead.
It was almost impossible to get a hold of Jeanson after the race due to the swarming local journalists and fans, evidence of the thriving enthusiasm for cycling in this part of Canada, but I managed to get to her eventually. "It was really a course of attrition out there today", Jeanson said, "and we made sure the pace was super high up all the climbs. My team did a great job and everything went to plan. My team was the reason that I won today."
Images by Kristy Scrymgeour
1 Geneviève Jeanson (Can) Rona - Esker 2.51.07 2 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Ausra Gruodis - Safi 0.11 3 Judith Arndt (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung 4 Katie Mactier (Aus) Saturn Cycling Team 0.13 5 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte 0.21 6 Sara Carrigan (Aus) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte 0.31 7 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn Cycling Team 8 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) T-Mobile 9 Anita Valen (Nor) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte 0.34 10 Barbara Heeb (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team 11 Tina Liebig (Ger) German National Team 12 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 13 Amber Neben (USA) T-Mobile 0.40 14 Rachel Heal (GBr) Great Britain National Team 1.02 15 Kimberly Anderson (USA) T-Mobile 16 Theresa Senff (Ger) German National Team 1.19 17 Kristin Armstrong (USA) T-Mobile 2.01 18 Manon Jutras (Can) Saturn Cycling Team 2.24 19 Claudia Stumpf (Ger) German National Team 2.47 20 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Nürnberger Versicherung 3.06 21 Diana Rast (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team 3.13 22 Katia Longhin (Ita) Acca Due O Pasta 3.15 23 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta 24 Andrea Bosman (Ned) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte 3.19 25 Sarah Grab (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team 26 Trine Hansen (Den) S.A.T.S. 27 Deirdre Demet-Barry (USA) T-Mobile 3.22 28 Meredith Miller (USA) S.A.T.S. 3.26 29 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Rona - Esker 3.33 30 Leah Goldstein (Isr) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's 31 Karen Bockel (Ger) Rona - Esker 32 Amy More (Can) Saturn Cycling Team 33 Annette Beutler (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team 3.45 34 Healter Albert (USA) Composite 1 3.47 35 Katrina Davis (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo 3.48 36 Sandy Espeseth (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's 4.04 37 Petra Rossner (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung 38 Grace Fleury (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 9.17 39 Yvonne Ilton (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo 9.27 40 Isabella Wieser (Aut) Charly Lietzsport 9.43 41 Frances Newstead (GBr) Great Britain National Team 9.59 42 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japan National 43 Sabine Batz (Ger) Charly Lietzsport 44 Catherine Marsal (Fra) Rona - Esker 45 Stacey Peters (USA) T-Mobile 10.02 46 Erinne Willock (Can) Rona - Esker 10.06 47 Christinatsa Peick-Anderson (Den) 10.10 48 Iona Wynter (Jam) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 10.17 49 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis - Safi 10.22 50 Anne Wagner (Den) S.A.T.S. 10.25 51 Krirsty Nicole Robb (NZl) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte 10.27 52 Maggie Shirley (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 10.39 53 Candice Blickem (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC 10.54 54 Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) Great Britain National Team 11.19 Outside time limit 55 Sarah Düster (Ger) German National Team 56 Liane Bahler (Ger) German National Team 57 Penny Edwards (GBr) Great Britain National Team 58 Sara Waller (GBr) Great Britain National Team 59 Erin Carter (Can) Composite 1 60 Ann-Marie Miller (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo 61 Catherine Bearce (USA) Composite 1 62 Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Japan National 63 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung 64 Ayumu Otsuka (Jpn) Japan National 65 Stéphanie Bourbeau (Can) Équipe Québec 66 Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team 67 Francesca Pellegrini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis - Safi 68 Élisa Gagnon (Can) Équipe Québec 69 Clara Constantinescu ROM Genesis Scuba/FFCC 70 Kirsten Robbins (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's 71 Melissa Holt NZl Rona - Esker 72 Petra Pilz (Aut) Charly Lietzsport 73 Claudia Meyer (Ger) Charly Lietzsport 74 Karin Wieser (Aut) Charly Lietzsport DNF Nicole Demars (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's DNF Sophie St-Jacques (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's DNF Regina Schleicher (Ger) German National Team DNF Lauren Franges (USA) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's DNF Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japan National DNF Jessica Phillips (USA) Saturn Cycling Team DNF Ghita Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta DNF Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta DNF Caroline L'heureux (Can) Équipe Québec DNF Julie Hutsebaut (Can) Équipe Québec DNF Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Nürnberger Versicherung DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis - Safi DNF Katy St-Laurent (Can) Équipe Québec DNF Anne Samplonius (Can) Équipe Québec DNF Sarah Foulkes (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo DNF Julie Monagle (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo
Standings after round 6 1 Nicole Cooke 207 pts 2 Sara Carrigan 164 3 Mirjam Melchers 124 4 Regina Schleicher 120 5 Judith Arndt 107 6 Anita Valen 97 7 Zoulfia Zabirova 94 8 Olivia Gollan 89 9 Alison Wright 85 10 Edita Pucinskaite 76 11 Geneviève Jeanson 75 12 Oenone Wood 75 13 Rochelle Gilmore 74 14 Virginie Moinard 57 14 Susanne Ljungskog 56 16 Susan Palmer-Komar 51 17 Katie Mactier 50 18 Nicole Brandli 45 19 Lyne Bessette 39 20 Melisa Holt 30 21 Kristen Armstrong 27 22 Natalie Bates 24 23 Kimberly Bruckner 24 24 Amber Neben, 22 25 Katherine Bates 21 25 Magalie Le Floc'h 21 25 Sophie Creux 20 25 Rachel Heal 18 29 Fabiana Luperini 18 30 Petra Rossner 18 30 Theresa Senff 16 32 Dori Ruano Sanchon 15 33 Sharon Van Dromme 15 33 Trixi Worrack 15 35 Zinaida Stahurskaya 13 35 Aline Camboulives 12 35 Diana Ziliute 11 38 Barbara Heeb, 11 38 Andrea Bosman 10 40 Miho Oki 10 41 Sarah Düster, 10 42 Ioulia Martissova 9 43 Alexis Rhodes 9 44 Liane Bahler, 9 44 Tina Liebig, 8 44 Ghita Beltman 7 47 Penny Edwards, 7 47 Vera Carrara 6 47 Dara Waller, 6 50 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba 5 50 Erin Carter, 5 52 Ann-Marie Miller, 4 52 Nataliya Kachalka 4 52 Svetlana Boubnenkova 4 52 Amy Safe 4 56 Catherine Bearce, 3 56 Sonia Huguet 3 56 Adrie Visser, 3 56 Elizabeth Williams 3 60 Hiroko Shimada, 2 60 Hayley Rutherford 2 60 Renee Fortunato 2 63 Margaret Hemsley 1