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Geelong Women's Tour - 2.2

Australia, February 22-24, 2005

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Stage 3 - Wednesday, February 23: Road Circuit Barwon Heads, 77.4km

Mayolo-Pic takes the stage as Wood holds onto her lead

By Mikkeli Godfree

Tina Mayolo-Pic (centre)
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38 year-old Tina Mayolo-Pic (Lloyd Morgan Recruitment) executed a text-book sprint to win by a clean set of wheels on Thirteenth Beach down in Barwon Heads over Rochelle Gilmore (NSWIS) and Oenone Wood (Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung).

Mayolo-Pic, the three-time American criterium champion, was full of praise for her team who controlled the race for the last 5km to deliver their sprinter to the line. "I had a great lead-out from my teammates. They did a great job…it was awesome - really fast and fun."

Meanwhile, the tour leader, Oenone Wood, controlled the race very well in the intermediate sprints, increasing her overall lead to 6 seconds over Kate Bates. "Kate put the pressure on early so I really had to work hard." Stretched as she was, Wood placed in all but one of the intermediate sprints and the final sprint to take eleven bonus seconds from the stage, setting her up perfectly to take a second consecutive tour victory.

How it unfolded

It was groundhog day on the second day of the Geelong Women's Tour as grey skies loomed above the start line in Barwon Heads. The 77.4km circuit race, won last year by now-retired Petra Rossner would surely once again play host to some great sprinting with its long, meandering finish straight. Before the start, tour leader Oenone Wood commented that, "It will be a bit easier today than last year because I don't have to race against Petra! It is great having her on the other end of the radio as my director though."

With Wood precariously placed at the top of the general classification, one second ahead of Kate Bates and three seconds ahead of Nat Bates, the sisters were looking hungry to upset the Nurnberger apple-cart. However, with World Champion Judith Arndt sitting 9 seconds down in fourth place, team Nurnberger were hardly short of firepower at the top of the GC table.

As if by magic, in a perfect duplicate of the previous day, the race started and the sun shone on the beautiful seaside town of Barwon Heads. There was no time to poke around the Sea Change set though as Kathy Watt put a cat amongst the pigeons by attacking straight out of the blocks and riding through the sleepy race convoy.

Racing along the coast
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With little to speak of as far as elevation or wind, the race was expected to stay together. However, the sprints would be hotly contested as these are definitely where the Geelong Women's Tour is won and lost.

The first sprint didn't disappoint with Kate Bates charging down on the finish line and holding off the race leader Wood, with New Zealander Melissa Holt in third. With time bonuses of 3 and 2 seconds going to Bates and Wood respectively, this left the two hanging equal provisionally on GC.

Determined not to be outdone Wood, with the help of 'human motorbike' Judith Arndt, took the second sprint by edging out Holt and Santia Tri Kusuma. Kate Bates was just out of the placings so Wood's lead on the road went back out to 3 seconds whilst Holt's consistency in the sprints brought her up to 6th on GC.

At the third and penultimate intermediate sprint, Kate Bates sent a clear message to Wood as the two continued to trade big blows in the boxing ring that is the Barwon Heads circuit. Bates had the speed to turn off the burners 15metres from the line to roll over for the maximum bonus as Wood came from absolutely nowhere to overhaul Michelle Hyland. With Oenone taking best of the rest behind Bates, she managed to hold onto the overall lead by a slender two seconds.

A crash with just over a lap to go disrupted the smooth operation of the Nurnberger and Ton van Bemmelen teams. This left the door open for Tri Kusuma (Indonesian International) to take the win over Kate Nichols (NSWIS) and Tina Mayolo-Pic (Lloyd Morgan Recruitment) as Wood and Bates went head-to-head across the other side of the road - just missing out on time bonuses in 4th and 5th spots.

Tilting at windmills?
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…And the scene was set for a final showdown. In the last third of the final 15km lap, the Lloyd Morgan team assembled themselves on the front. As they swung around the last bend, 15-wide, it was Lloyd Morgan's Tina Mayolo-Pic charging toward the line front and centre who came up with the goods. Rochelle Gilmore (NSWIS) put together a good sprint to finish second, whilst Wood managed to snare another 4 seconds bonus by finishing third.

The ever jovial American Mayolo-Pic was relieved with the win and said "I wanted the stage win and the intermediate sprints were great practice runs for the final. Even though [Wood and Bates] had been contesting the sprints, you never know how much those girls have at the end." The three-time American Criterium Champion made amends for not shining in her speciality the day before commenting jokingly, "I was thinking yesterday: hey I'm supposed to be good at this!"

Tour leader, Wood, put in a great showing in the final and fifth sprint for the day by taking third and retaining her overall lead. "I had been working all day and I think Kate [Bates] tired me out so I had no answer to [Tina Mayolo-Pic] in the final sprint." About the final stage beginning in Lara tomorrow, Wood said "We've got a great team and I think we can come through with the goods."

While ending up 51st at bunch time in the final sprint, Kate Bates was similarly optimistic about her tour hopes, "I felt like I was sprinting well at selected moments. My track legs leg me do it a couple but not five. I think tomorrow is going to be the big day and I'll try to recover well. I'll have a go - I would rather come 50th after having had a go and tried for a jersey than not tried at all."

Tina Mayolo-Pic
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In the under 23 category, with Alexis Rhodes out with an upset stomach, New Zealander Michelle Hyland assumed the overall lead in this competition, a slim twelve and fifteen seconds ahead of Kate Nichols (NSWIS) and Amanda Spratt (AIS).

By virtue of her consistent sprinting, Wood also holds her lead the sprint competition by three points over Kate Bates but this competition is likely to be the last thing on her mind tomorrow as she battles it out with Bates for the overall title.

Tomorrow the race heads to Lara for a 113km circuit race where the tour will be decided. With the two intermediate sprints and the universally dreaded Mt Wallace at the mid-point of the race sparks are bound to fly.

Photography

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Results

1 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                     2.02.00
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS                                              
3 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                          
4 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS                                          
5 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                            
6 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team                                    
7 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                          
8 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                               
9 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas         
10 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team                             
11 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS                                                  
12 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team                          
13 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global                                     
14 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS                                             
15 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team                               
16 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                           
17 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                       
18 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team                               
19 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                            
20 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team                                    
21 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team                             
22 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                     
23 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS                                             
24 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                            
25 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team                     
26 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                          
27 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas        
28 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                           
29 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS                                                   
30 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team                                  
31 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global                                        
32 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS                                                   
33 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS                                            
34 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                    
35 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                         
36 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global                                         
37 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS                                                 
38 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                   
39 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global                                         
40 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery                  
41 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team                               
42 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas             
43 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                        
44 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery               
45 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team                            
46 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS                                           
47 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                             
48 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS                                              
49 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team                         
50 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS                                                
51 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                          
52 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team                            
53 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery               
54 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                      
55 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team                              
56 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                            
57 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                      
58 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                        
59 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team                               
60 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS                                               
61 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                       
62 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global                                    
63 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team                                
64 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                       
65 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery                  
66 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team                                 
67 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                              
68 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team                             
69 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                    
70 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                     
71 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas          
72 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery                    
73 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                       
74 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                  
75 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS                                               0.18
76 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                   1.24
77 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team                          1.40
78 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery                     
79 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team                           5.37
DNS Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team                            
DNS Katie Mactier (Aus) Jayco VIS                                           
 
General classification after stage 3
 
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                   3.12.48
2 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                       0.06
3 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                         0.14
4 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team                            0.19
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                     0.20
6 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team                          0.21
7 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                         0.25
8 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                            
9 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                0.26
10 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                         0.33
11 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                        0.39
12 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team                      0.41
13 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Jayco VIS                                     0.42
14 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas    0.49
15 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National Team                                0.50
16 Emma James (Aus) NSWIS                                               0.54
17 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National Team                               
18 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS                                                 
19 Helen Kelly (Aus) Jayco VIS                                          0.56
20 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team                             
21 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                      1.00
22 Emma Rickards (Aus) Jayco VIS                                        1.03
23 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team                          1.04
24 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS                                             
25 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                     1.09
26 Meredith Miller (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                       1.10
27 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team                           1.11
28 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National Team                 1.14
29 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National Team                        1.16
30 Robyn Wong (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                    1.20
31 Tanja Hennes-Smidt (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                       1.24
32 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas         1.27
33 Christine Riakos (Aus) NSWIS                                         1.32
34 Emma Colson (Aus) Western Global                                     1.35
35 Briget Evans (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                          1.46
36 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National Team                              1.48
37 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Global                                     2.08
38 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                   2.24
39 Claire Baxter (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                 2.27
40 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team                         2.29
41 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Global                                    2.31
42 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) NSWIS                                         2.39
43 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                  2.44
44 Kathryn Watt (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                  2.46
45 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                   2.47
46 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS                                               2.49
47 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas          
48 Johanna Buick (NZl) New Zealand National Team                        2.52
49 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National Team                           2.55
50 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS                                               2.58
51 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Global                                 3.00
52 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                   3.03
53 Verena Joos (Ger) German National Team                               3.05
54 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas    3.07
55 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS                                            3.08
56 Caitlin Fraser (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                3.16
57 Caroline Jackson (GBr) Western Global                                3.18
58 Kate Charge (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery                3.29
59 Rachel O'connell (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery           3.31
60 Kristy Bortolin (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                       3.32
61 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS                                                  
62 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Inexa/Melbourne University Sport                3.38
63 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                     3.40
64 Vickie Burr (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                   3.43
65 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team                     3.54
66 Jemma O'brien (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery              3.56
67 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery              3.57
68 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team                            3.59
69 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                   4.20
70 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National Team                          4.36
71 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS                                       5.12
72 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS                                           5.20
73 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team                             5.24
74 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung              5.31
75 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                 7.01
76 Laura Bortolozzi (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery           7.11
77 Germma Goyne (Aus) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                          8.13
78 Tanya Moss (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery                 9.44
79 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team                          11.41
 
Sprint classification
 
1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                        13 pts
2 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                         10
3 Santia Tri Kusuma (Ina) Indonesian National Team                         4
4 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National Team                             3
5 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS                                                 2
6 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                            2
7 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team                          1
7 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Lloyd Morgan Recruitment                           1
 
Under 23 classification
 
1 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National Team                    3.13.30
2 Kate Nichols (Aus) NSWIS                                              0.12
3 Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team                          0.15
4 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                       0.19
5 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National Team                           0.22
6 Belinda Goss (Aus) Jayco VIS                                          0.23
7 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton Van Bemmelen AA Drink                      0.28
8 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team                            0.30
9 Hannah Banks (Aus) QAS                                                2.08
10 Sally Cowman (Aus) QAS                                               2.16
11 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas    2.25
12 Jessica Maclean (Aus) QAS                                            2.26
13 Carly Hibberd (Aus) QAS                                              2.51
14 Amy Mosen (NZl) Bike New Zealand                                     2.58
15 Emma Lovelock (Aus) Peloton Sports / Turramurra Cyclery              3.16
16 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National Team                            3.17
17 Apryl Eppinger (Aus) Jayco VIS                                       4.31
18 Joanna Von Berky (Aus) QAS                                           4.39
19 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team                             4.43
20 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National Team                          11.00

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