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2nd Wellington World Cup - CDM
New Zealand, March 5, 2006
Powerful attack delivers Ulmer's first World Cup win
By Nick Warren in Wellington
It couldnt have panned out better for New Zealands round of the Womens World Cup as Sarah Ulmer (New Zealand National Team) produced a terrific solo win in Wellington.
Ulmer attacked just six laps into a 20 lap 6.5km race and quickly built up a huge lead of nearly five minutes which proved too much for the chasing pack to overhaul. She cruised across the finish line with plenty of time for celebration in front of an ecstatic local crowd.
Oenone Wood (Equipe Nurnberger) out-sprinted Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) and Jo Kiesanowski (Univega) for second place 4min 24sec later.
I thought it was a suicidal move really, Ulmer said. I wanted at least one of the other girls from another team to come with me, but my team did a wicked job stopping any chases. I think that was one of the most enjoyable races of my career.
Clear skies and a brisk breeze greeted competitors for the 124km outing. A large number of spectators lined the course which wound its way around Wellingtons central business district, stopping and starting in front of New Zealands Beehive parliament building. It was a tight, multi-cornered course with two tough climbs up Boulcott and Bowen streets, providing plenty of prime positions for spectators to watch the racing.
120 riders took the start and attacks came thick and fast in the opening five laps, although none gained more than about 20 seconds over the pack. There was plenty of action at the rear however, as large chunks of riders were regularly ejected from the peloton. British national champion Nicole Cooke (Univega) saw her chances disintegrate as she crashed at speed coming out of a corner on lap six. While not seriously hurt she withdrew from the race.
Ulmers burst off the front that same lap, surprisingly did not provoke a reaction from her rivals despite her reputation and the good form she had shown during the previous weeks Trust House Tour. Her lead rapidly grew as she settled into time-trial mode and two laps into her effort she held a two minute lead, rising to 4min 38sec with eight circuits remaining at which point a small chasing group had formed.
Natalie Bates (Chase Smart-Mercedes Benz), Sarah Duester (Univega) and Barbel Jungmeier (Elk Haus NO) gained a maximum of 40 seconds over the peloton but failed to make serious inroads on Ulmer. Jungmeier was soon dropped but Bates and Duester pushed on, only to be caught in the final two laps.
Ulmer was slowing, but she maintained her steady, high cadence riding style she is so well known for. Entering the final lap she had it in the bag, although the commentator insisted on tempting fate saying, She has won this race, ladies and gentlemen. Only a terrible crash or misfortune can stop her now Luckily no such mishap occurred and Ulmer was all smiles as she crossed the line for the last time.
Thank you! she told the crowd after collecting her winners bouquet. Its great to race in New Zealand. So often we have to go to race overseas, so its great that everyone comes here to race in our home country.
In finishing third, Teutenberg retains her World Cup leaders jersey. That was quite a hard bike race, she said. The first five laps were really hard and towards the end I was just holding onto the group. I am happy with the result. Once Sarah got ahead we knew she was strong and were really just racing for second place.
Its difficult to quantify Ulmers place in Kiwi society. Not only is she a highly successful athlete but is also incredibly personable and therefore wildly popular with the fans, always spending time to talk to them and signing autographs. She carries a large amount of public expectation on her shoulders but still manages to pull off spectacular victories when it matters; Wellington expected an Ulmer win, and thats what she gave them.
T-Mobiles Amy Moore said coming to New Zealand and witnessing the Ulmer phenomenon was quite incredible. The fact she is such a successful person and so nice is very cool. Its always great to have a winner like that and shes so humble about it all too.
The next round of the Womens world cup will be the Tour of Flanders on April 2 in Belgium. Ulmers next big challenge however, is the Commonwealth Games time trial in Melbourne on March 21.
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1 Sarah Ulmer (NZl) New Zealand national team 3.16.45 2 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 4.24 3 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling 4.25 4 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Univega Pro Cycling Team 5 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) 6 Annette Beutler (Swi) Elk Haus Nö 7 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) 8 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Russian national team 9 Miho Oki (Jpn) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 4.29 10 Tamara Boyd (NZl) New Zealand national team 11 Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 4.31 12 Olga Slyusareva (Rus) Russian national team 13 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Univega Pro Cycling Team 14 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 4.33 15 Sarah Düster (Ger) Univega Pro Cycling Team 4.34 16 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 17 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand national team 18 Edwige Pitel (Fra) 19 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand national team 4.38 20 Nikki Egyed (Aus) 21 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand national team 4.40 22 Nathalie Bates (Aus) 4.42 23 Meifang Li (Chn) Chinese national team 4.43 24 Claudia Stumpf (Ger) German national team 4.50 25 Judith Arndt (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling 4.59 26 Kate Nichols (Aus) Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz 5.19 27 Katherine Bates (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 6.48 28 Yoko Okuda (Jpn) Japan national team 8.04 29 Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) 30 Helen Kelly (Aus) 31 Amy Hunt (GBr) 32 Natalia Boyarskaya (Rus) Russian national team 33 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japan national team 8.07 34 Bärbel Jungmeier (Aut) Elk Haus Nö 35 Josie Loane (Aus) 36 Amy Moore (Can) T-Mobile Professional Cycling 8.10 37 Kimberly Bruckner Baldwin (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling 38 Magali Le Floch (Fra) T-Mobile Professional Cycling 39 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) A.S. Team F.R.W 40 Elodie Tuoffet (Fra) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 41 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 8.13 OTL Yongli Liu (Chn) Chinese national team DNF Marta Vilajosana Andreu (Spa) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas DNF Robin Wong (NZl) DNF Emma Rickards (Aus) Univega Pro Cycling Team DNF Emma Mackie (Aus) Australian national team DNF Serena Sheridan (NZl) DNF Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian national team DNF Kara Northcott (NZl) DNF Marina Duvnjak (NZl) DNF Elke Gebhardt (Ger) German national team DNF Masami Mashimo (Jpn) Japan national team DNF Amy Mosen (NZl) DNF Carly Hibberd (Aus) DNF Yanxia Jiang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling DNF Patricia Schwager (Swi) Elk Haus Nö DNF Isabella Wieser (Aut) Elk Haus Nö DNF Brei Gudsell (NZl) DNF Na Zhao (Chn) Chinese national team DNF Frith Brown (NZl) DNF Antoshina Anna (Rus) Russian national team DNF Kanako Nishi (Jpn) Japan national team DNF Min Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling DNF Daniela Pintarelli (Aut) DNF Xiong Ying Ruan (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling DNF Gina Waibl (NZl) DNF Donna Sibley (NZl) DNF Emma James (Aus) Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz DNF Libo Ma (Chn) Chinese national team DNF Karina Wilkinson (NZl) DNF Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas DNF Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian national team DNF Pu Xiang Zheng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling DNF Emma Hutchings (NZl) DNF Martina Corazza (Ita) A.S. Team F.R.W DNF Larissa Kleinmann (Ger) German national team DNF Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung DNF Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega Pro Cycling Team DNF Tye Dale (NZl) DNF Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung DNF Kate Mercer (Aus) DNF Hayley Brown (Aus) Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz DNF Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) DNF Robin Farina (USA) DNF Kelly Benjamin (USA) DNF Jing Chen (Chn) Chinese national team DNF Johanna Buick (NZl) DNF Rosy McCall (NZl) DNF Irina Zemlyanskaya (Rus) Russian national team DNF Jessie Maclean (Aus) DNF Jenny Trew (Can) DNF Marlen Johrend (Ger) German national team DNF Nicola Johnson (NZl) DNF Ayako Toyooka (Jpn) Japan national team DNF Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand national team DNF Stacy Sims (NZl) DNF Carolyn Jenkings (NZl) DNF Kettj Manfrin (Ita) A.S. Team F.R.W DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) DNF Vickie Burr (NZl) DNF Laura Pisaneschi (Ita) A.S. Team F.R.W DNF Ombretta Ugolini (Ita) A.S. Team F.R.W DNF Karen Fulton (NZl) DNF Bernadette Schober (Aut) DNF Lisa Haynes (NZl) DNF Erin Chamberlen (Aus) Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz DNF Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Australian national team DNF Candice Sullivan (Aus) Australian national team DNF Nicola Cox (NZl) DNF Lauren Koedyk (NZl) DNF Melissa Pilla (NZl) DNF Dorette Prinsloo (NZl)
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) T-Mobile Professional Cycling 110 pts 2 Sarah Ulmer (NZl) 75 3 Miho Oki (Jpn) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 65 4 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) 57 5 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 50 6 Annette Beutler (Swi) Elk Haus Nö 45 7 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Univega Pro Cycling Team 41 8 Katherine Bates (Aus) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 35 9 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs-Colnago 27 10 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan 27 11 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Les Pruneaux d'Agen 26 12 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint Team 25 13 Gina Grain (Can) Giant Pro Cycling 24 14 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Univega Pro Cycling Team 18 15 Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 10 16 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Saccarelli Emu Marsciano 10 17 Olga Slyusareva (Rus) 9 18 Priska Doppmann (Swi) Univega Pro Cycling Team 8 19 Hayley Brown (Aus) Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz 8 20 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 7 21 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) A.S. Team F.R.W 7 22 Sarah Düster (Ger) Univega Pro Cycling Team 6 23 Emma Rickards (Aus) Univega Pro Cycling Team 6 24 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 5 25 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 5 26 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) Les Pruneaux d'Agen 4 27 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Bianchi Aliverti Kookai 3 28 Larissa Kleinmann (Ger) 3 29 Melissa Holt (NZl) 2 30 Kate Nichols (Aus)Chase Sydney - Smart - Mercedes Benz 2 31 Nikki Egyed (Aus) 1 32 Catherine Sell (NZl) 1 Team standings 1 T-Mobile Professional Cycling 110 pts 2 New Zealand 107 3 Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung 90 4 Univega Pro Cycling Team 79 5 Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas 77 6 Elk Haus Nö 45 7 Russian Federation 36 8 Giant Pro Cycling 34 9 United States Of America 30 10 Italy 10 11 A.S. Team F.R.W. 7 12 Germany 3