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16th Tjejtrampet - 1.2
Sweden, May 29, 2005
De Goede good in Sweden
By Gabriella Ekström
Dutch sprinter Suzanne De Goede has taken out the edition of Tjejtrampet, Sweden's biggest women's race. In a bunch sprint, she beat Swedish Junior National Team rider Monica Holler, with talented Dane Mie Becker Lacota (Team Mermaid/Renault) in third.
How it unfolded
At 11 o'clock, 76 pro and elite riders took the start of Sweden's biggest race for women. Behind them, many thousand leisure riders would follow, but the elite only cared about the course that laid ahead of them. In the cold and windy weather that seems to be typical for Gärdet in May, the riders travelled down the whole width of Valhallavägen and picked up speed as they passed the Wennergren Center and hit the highway.
The first serious attack of the day came after 12 kilometres, and turned out to be highly interesting. Swedish junior Marie Lindberg (Swedish junior nat. team) got away and was joined by Danish rider Mie Becker Lacota (Team Mermaid/Renault) after a little while. At only 16 years of age, Mie already has a solid reputation in Denmark, and has been described as Denmark's biggest cycling talent ever. Although Mie holds a high international standard, she is still too young to take part in the races she would like to start.
"I'm not saying that it's easy to win a lot of Danish races," Mie said in an interview with feltet.dk, "But I'd like to participate in races with more international competition." Despite her young age, Mie was allowed to take the start in the Swedish category 1.2 race, and her presence at the front was welcomed by Lindberg.
The Dutch Van Bemmelen AA-Drink sensed the danger early and placed themselves at the front of the bunch, but the Lindberg-Lacota duo increased their lead. After 18 raced kilometres, the sun came out and started to dry the roads that were partly wet because of an early morning rain. In the empty streets of Kista's industrial area, Lacota started to take longer turns at the front, and the duo's lead grew to 30 seconds.
Lacota passed the intermediate sprint at Edsviken first, and rounded the lake to start the climbs at the farthermost side of the lake. At this point, the Finnish national team riders had joined the Dutch girls at the front of the peloton, but a bad crash at the front hampered the peloton just as they were about to enter the climb.
The gap to the duo grew while the peloton tried to regroup themselves, and a second crash in a roundabout close to Mörby Centrum had the same effect. Once the peloton got regrouped again, the time gap was starting to come down. At this point, 17-year old Lindberg had grown tired, and could only follow the Danish riders wheel. Lacota had a never say die approach, and continued to fight the peloton off.
At the last intermediate sprint, won by Lacota, the gap was down to 16 seconds, but it took the effort of the whole Van Bemmelen team to keep it there. In the peloton, last year's U23 European Champion Monica Holler (Swedish national team) had positioned herself close to Van Bemmelen's sprinter Suzanne De Goede. The peloton had now split up in two groups, each about 25 riders strong.
Lindberg and Lacota was caught shortly before the riders passed the line for the first time, and while Lindberg was swallowed up, Lacota positioned herself for the finale. With the threat of the break gone, the Van Bemmelen team could set the sprint up as they wanted, but they faced a strong headwind over the finishing straight, and it would be a battle for positions. Holler still held Van Goede's wheel, but had to face the wind a little too long and the blonde Swede was beaten by ten centimetres by De Goede in a hard sprint. Lacota recovered well enough to finish third behind the two sprinters.
De Goede admitted after the stage that she didn't have to work a lot herself, except for a few attempts to get away close to the finish. She also told the press that she had been truly nervous about the break that stayed away so long, and that it took a serious effort from her team to bring the break back.
Second placed Holler was disappointed with her placing, but said that she had enjoyed a good ride to the finish, having used the fact that a Swedish rider was at the front to make the other teams work. Lindberg at the front was not in the same team as Holler, since she was a junior rider, but Holler admitted that she wasn't sure if all the other riders knew that.
1 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Van Bemmelen AA-Drink 1.17.08 2 Monica Holler (Swe) Sweden 3 Mie Becker Lacota (Den) Scandinavian Mix 4 Bertine Spijkerman (Ned) Team@work cycling 5 Nathalie Van Katwijk (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesto 6 Catharina Mulders (Ned) Team Merida 7 Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Team@work cycling 8 Maaris Meier (Est) Estonia 9 Paula Suominen (Fin) Finland 10 Karin Aune (Swe) Sweden 11 Aud Kari Berg (Nor) Norway 12 Mirella Ehrin (Swe) Team Stockholm 13 Anna Engstrand (Swe) Nässjö/Sandviken 14 Tiina Nieminen (Fin) Finland 15 Emma Karlsson (Swe) Sweden Juniors 16 Emma Johansson (Swe) Sweden 17 Laura Lepasalu (Est) Estonia 18 Kata-Liina Normak (Est) Estonia 19 Maria Ehrin (Swe) Team Stockholm 20 Suzanne Kuiper (Ned) Team Merida 21 Renske Doedee (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesto 22 Frederika Van Der Wiel (Ned) Team Merida 23 Line Foss (Nor) Norway 24 Marie Vidung Døssland (Nor) Norway Junior team 25 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) Sweden Juniors 26 Jannie S. Schmidt (Den) Denmark 27 Jolanda Van Dongen (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesto 28 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Sweden Juniors 29 Imke Hartogs (Ned) Team Merida 30 Madelene Olsson (Swe) Västerås CK/Svane 0.19 31 Loes Markerink (Ned) Team@work cycling 32 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Team@work cycling 33 Karin De Krijger (Ned) RSC De Zuidwesto 0.30 34 Sissy Van Alebeek (Ned) Van Bemmelen AA-Drink 0.39 35 Josephine Groenveld (Ned) Van Bemmelen AA-Drink 36 Nikoline Hansen (Den) Denmark 37 Catrine Josefsson (Swe) Team Stockholm 0.51 38 Line Ramsund (Nor) Norway 39 Linn Torp (Nor) Norway 40 Adrie Visser (Ned) Van Bemmelen AA-Drink 1.13 41 Sisse Hermansson (Den) Denmark 1.19 42 Frøydis Warsted (Nor) Norway Junior team 1.27 43 Grete Treier (Est) Estonia 1.35 44 Hedda Bjøralt (Nor) Norway Junior team 3.27 45 Therese Carlsson (Swe) Västerås CK/Svane 4.29 46 Clara Sandell (Fin) Finland 6.05 47 Malin Alzén (Swe) Nässjö/Sandviken 6.25 48 Jeanette Kulhanek (Swe) CK Master/Valhalla 49 Caroline Eriksson (Swe) Team Stockholm 50 Susanne Berner (Swe) Team Stockholm 51 Christina Guri (Swe) Nässjö/Sandviken 52 Daniela Profir (Swe) CK Falken 53 Ulrika Andersson (Swe) Team Stockholm 54 Heli Luoma (Fin) Finland 14.06 55 Kristine Saastad (Nor) Norway Junior team 56 Mikaela Hjelm (Swe) Sweden Juniors 57 Josefine Östfeldt (Swe) CK Falken 58 Madeleine Araya (Swe) CK Falken 59 Åsa Birath (Swe) Fredrikshofs IF 60 Linda Josefsson (Swe) CK Master/Valhalla 61 Anna Holmström (Swe) CK Master/Valhalla 62 Linnea Börjesson (Swe) Scandinavian Mix 63 Lisa Svenningsson (Swe) Scandinavian Mix 64 Jonna Svensson Ohlin (Swe) Scandinavian Mix 65 Linda Brisevall (Swe) Nässjö/Sandviken 66 Moa Nilsson (Swe) CK Master/Valhalla 16.11 67 Jenny Forsberg (Swe) Västerås CK/Svane 68 Sara Hård (Swe) Scandinavian Mix 69 Nina Lund (Den) Denmark 18.28 70 Gurigard Ravnsborg (Nor) Norway Junior team 28.37 71 Claudia Garcia (Swe) Fredrikshofs IF 72 Ulrika Hansson (Swe) Fredrikshofs IF 73 Ronja Thomenius (Swe) Fredrikshofs IF 74 Lotta Silwer (Swe) Fredrikshofs IF 75 Karoline Haverstad (Nor) Scandinavian Mix DNF Maria Landström (Swe) Sweden DNF Linda Forss (Swe) Sweden
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