Elite Women's Individual Time Trial, 25.8 kms
15:00 Tuesday, October 5, 1999
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Piazza dei Signori - Piazza Duomo 25.8 kms:
Final times - the day of the double rainbow!
Courtesy of Tim Maloney, cyclingnews.com correspondent
In a very tightly contested individual time trial with the first nine riders within one minute of each other, Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel (Ned) has taken out her second World ITT title in as many years with a time of 32.31 for the 25.8 km course. The conditions were still and overcast for this year's ITT for elite women and in second place was Australia's Anna Wilson, who completed the course some five seconds down in 32.36.
Van Moorsel was very satisfied with her second consecutive ITT title, getting good use out of her 53x12 on the flat course. She is not sure yet whether she will race in the Saturday's road race, preferring to concentrate on the upcoming track Worlds where she is aiming for more gold.
Taking out third place was the Lithuanian Edita Pucinskaite who covered the 25.8 km course in 33.03, while Zulfia Zabirova of Russia was fourth and German Hanka Kupfernagel in fifth place. Pucinskaite, winner of "Le Grand Boucle Feminin" held the fastest time for a long while, but Wilson blasted her time with six riders left to race. Her time held until the waning moments of the race, when Zijlaard-Van Moorsel rode in for the win.
Some observers said that there been a hill on the circuit, powerhouse Wilson would have certainly won. " The plan was...uh, to go hard!" Wilson told cyclingnews.com. The Australian, who rides for the Saturn team, told us " I was dying with 20km to go...." but the cheery faced Wilson was well pleased with her excellent silver medal ride.
Australian coach James Victor said Anna Wilson was "more than happy" with her silver medal and is looking forward to Saturday's road race. "It was an awesome ride (by Anna) but the best bike rider on the day won - that's what time trials are all about". Wilson was the only rider to use disc wheels on both front and rear on the same bike she won a Commonwealth Gold Medal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last year.
Nonetheless, the Australians are already thinking of Sydney 2000, and Victor said the Dutch rider - as the defending World Champion - will be under greater pressure to succeed at the Olympics.
As for the road race, to be held this Saturday, "Anna's in great form at the moment and the other (Australian) girls will be out to save her legs - she will be really hard to beat if it stays together and comes down to a bunch kick," he said of Wilson's sprinting ability.
Australian Kathy Watt completed the course in 33.40, finishing in tenth place while Clara Hughes of Canada came in at 33.23 and finished in seventh. The highest-placed USA rider was Elizabeth Emery in 12th, with Mari Holden in 18th.
Multiple world champion Jeannie Longo was off the pace a little and with the flat course, could not force the pace on any climb. She finished in ninth, nearly one minute behind. She blamed herself for taking the turns too slowly, although the flat course wasn't particularly suited to her abilities anyway. She will now concentrate on the road race on Saturday.
By Tomas Nilsson
This year's ITT course for the women is completely different than last year's in Valkenburg which contained a couple of climbs, ending with the famous Cauberg at 12 percent. In Treviso the "climb" is just 30 meters during the first 13 kms which calls for a steady pace for all of the 25.85 kms (almost three kms more than in Valkenburg).
All the top riders from last year will be riding in Treviso and the starting order will therefore be in reverse for them i.e. best start last.
But the numbers are reversed for the nations not for the riders, which means that last year's sixth placed Kathy Watt had to swap her starting position with rival Anna Wilson. Watt has also not been nominated for the road race, and these two facts that might help fuel her on.
Last year's top trio, Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Zabirova and Kupfernagel, who were all within 2.15 seconds, did not ride Le Grand Boucle Feminin (Tour de France) where the ITT stages were dominated by Diana Ziliute (fourth in Valkenburg). In the Giro di Italia, Zabirova won the only "normal" ITT - 13 kms at 47.225 km/h, beating the rest of the field by more than 40 seconds.
A glance in the starting list shows that Swedish champion Jenny Algelid will set the standard starting as sixth. Paola Pezzo, Italian MTB ace starts as 14th but we will not be talking medals until Kathryn Watt has completed her race with thirteen others behind her on the road.
Why not Ziliute this time? If she stays away from the espresso that is!
Complete Starting List - Country and Date of Birth
Australia Juanita Feldhahn (Aus) 07-06-1973 Tracy Gaudry (Aus) 17-06-1969 Kristy Scrymgeour (Aus) 20-09-1973 Kathy Watt (Aus) 09-11-1964 Anna Wilson (Aus) 26-11-1971 Belgium Heidi van der Vijver (Bel) 31-12-1969 Belarus Larisa Chuyenka (Blr) 25-05-1979 Tatsiana Makeyeva (Blr) 07-09-1976 Zinaida Stahurskaya (Blr) 09-02-1971 Canada Lyne Bessette (Can) 10-03-1975 Clara Hughes (Can) 27-09-1972 Anne Samplonius (Can) 11-02-1969 Colombia Paola Madrinan (Col) 18-10-1973 Czechoslovakia Alena Peterkova (Cze) 13-11-1960 Denmark Line Lykke-Meyer Nielsen (Den) 27-06-1972 Rikke Sandhoj Olse (Den) 20-04-1972 Lisbeth Simper (Den) 13-01-1978 Ann Svendsgaard Mathiasen (Den) 18-09-1971 Spain Dori Ruano Sanchon (Esp) 11-01-1969 Finland Sanna Lehtimaki (Fin) 16-11-1975 Pia Sundstedt (Fin) 02-05-1975 France Marion Clignet (Fra) 22-02-1964 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) 31-10-1958 Great Britain Ceris Gilfillan (Gbr) 03-01-1980 Yvonne Mcgregor (Gbr) 09-04-1961 Germany Judith Arndt (Ger) 23-07-1976 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) 19-03-1974 Petra Rossner (Ger) 14-11-1966 Hungary Veronika Pare (Hun) 03-05-1977 Italy Antonella Bellutti (Ita) 07-11-1968 Paola Pezzo (Ita) 08-01-1969 Japan Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) 22-02-1968 Miho Oki (Jpn) 08-03-1974 Ayumu Otsuka (Jpn) 01-10-1978 Lithuania Jolanta Polikeviciute (Ltu) 25-09-1970 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) 25-09-1970 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) 27-11-1975 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) 28-05-1976 Moldova Ina Bogulean (Mda) 20-07-1974 Dina Tibirna (Mda) 15-09-1974 The Netherlands Chantal Beltman (Ned) 25-08-1976 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) 26-09-1975 Leontien Zijlaard van Moorsel (Ned) 22-03-1970 Norway Gunn Rita Dahle (Nor) 10-02-1973 Solrun Flataas (Nor) 28-08-1967 New Zealand Jacinta Coleman (Nzl) 17-07-1974 Susy Pryde (Nzl) 15-10-1973 Rosalind Reekie-May (Nzl) 03-02-1972 Kirsty Robb (Nzl) 23-05-1979 Poland Dorota Czynszak (Pol) 22-01-1980 Bogumila Matusiak (Pol) 24-01-1971 Monika Tyburska (Pol) 27-05-1979 South Aftrica Anke Erlank (Rsa) 28-06-1977 Russia Ioulia Martissova (Rus) 15-06-1976 Valentina Polkhanova (Rus) 15-08-1971 Svetlana Samokhvalova (Rus) 20-12-1972 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) 19-12-1973 Switzerland Nicole Brändli (Sui) 18-06-1979 Karin Möbes (Sui) 19-02-1968 Slovakia Lenka Ilavska (Svk) 05-05-1972 Sweden Jenny Algelid (Swe) 06-03-1976 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) 16-03-1976 Ukrain Valentiana Karpenko (Ukr) 09-12-1972 Yuliya Murenkaya (Ukr) 03-02-1975 Tatiana Stiazhkina (Ukr) 10-04-1977 United States Elizabeth Emery (Usa) 16-03-1964 Mari Holden (Usa) 30-03-1971 Emily Robbins (Usa) 03-09-1974 Uzbekistan Fatma Galiulina (Uzb) 30-05-1969