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Geelong Women's Tour - 2.2

Australia, February 22-24, 2005

Olympic podium on show in Geelong

The 2004 podium
Photo ©: John Veage

The top four finishers from the Athens Olympic Games women's road race will line up in Geelong for the Geelong Tour, February 22-24 ahead of the opening round of the UCI's Road World Cup on Sunday, February 27.

Athens Olympic road race champion Sara Carrigan (Tom van Bemmelen), Olympic silver medallist and reigning world champion, Judith Arndt (Nürnberger), Olympic points race gold medallist and road race bronze medallist, Olga Slyusareva (Nobili Rubinetterie), and the defending World Cup Series champion and Australian time trial champion, Oenone Wood (Nürnberger) who placed fourth in the road race in Athens will all be present in Geelong.

The world's top women will be in the saddle in this important lead-in event for the first round of the World Cup. The 2005 Geelong Tour will be raced over three days and will kick off with an individual time trial at Portarlington where the women race against the clock to try and claim the stage and the early overall race lead. Stage Two will be a criterium at Portarlington later the same day. The race will head to Barwon Heads for Stage 3, eight laps of a ten kilometre circuit. The final stage will again begin and end in Lara with the field again facing the tough climb up Mt Wallace. Riders will battle for stage, overall, points and best young rider honours.

The stages

Stage 1 - February 22: Portarlington ITT, 8km
Stage 2 - February 22: Portarlington criterium, 30km (30 laps x 1km)
Stage 3 - February 23: Barwon Heads road race, 77.4km (5 laps x 15km)
Stage 4 - February 24: Lara road race, 112.9km

More information: www.geelongworldcup.com