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6th Montréal World Cup - CDM

Canada, May 31, 2003

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A local hero's win for Jeanson

By Kristy Scrymgeour in Montréal

Crowd and race favourite didn't disappoint
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Local champion Genevieve Jeanson did not let the cheering crowd down today as she rode a brilliant race to win the sixth round of the World Cup Series. Swarmed by photographers and local fans before and after the race, Jeanson was all smiles and very excited, "During the race I had short flashes where I knew I could win, but I was very nervous. I am very happy that our plan worked today".

It was certainly a war of attrition on the challenging course in downtown Montreal. Riders were getting dropped on lap one of the 12 lap course as the peloton tackled the steep two kilometer climb and wound their way through technical corners without much time to recover before facing the dreaded climb again.

Anne Samplonius (Quebec) started the day with an attack on lap one, but was caught by the top of Mont Royale at the end of the lap. Rona then followed their plan of trying to keep the pace high on the climbs from early on in the race, and managed to slowly reduce the size of the field. "We wanted to make the race hard so that the other teams were tired later when Genevieve made her move" Cathy Marsal (Rona) told Cyclingnews after the race. "Three of us worked hard early in the race and then it was time for the other two to take over and go a little harder."

Early pacesetting from Rona
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And go harder they did. Rona teammates Magalie Le Floch and Karen Bockel revved it up a gear and by the time they reached the top of the climb with six laps remaining, the bunch had dwindled from 40 to 20. Each climb after that was equally as hard with the majority of the riders getting dropped and having to use the descent to chase back on.

The action really began with two laps remaining on the board when the pace up the climb was just too much for most and a small group of six rolled over the climb together leaving the rest of the field in bits and pieces behind. The leading six were Katie Mactier (Saturn) who was driving the pace, Judith Arndt (Nernberger), Suzanne Ljungskog (Catalunya), Nicole Cooke (Ausra Gruodis-Saft), Lyne Bessette (Saturn) and Jeanson. Not far behind were the T-Mobile riders Kimberly Bruckner and Amber Neben.

It was T-Mobile who made the next move as they used the descent to attack the field. First it was Bruckner, who was quickly covered by Jeanson allowing Neben to counter. Her attack was strong and she forced a huge gap leaving the remaining riders looking at each other. For a whole lap Neben was out of site, quickly gaining 30 seconds on the group and making a few riders a little nervous. "At one stage I thought she might stay away, we didn't see her for a while so I rode tempo on the front until I could slowly see her coming back," Mactier said.

Neben (far R) eventually caught
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Jeanson continued the pressure set by Mactier and by the top of the hill with one lap to go Neben was caught. Ljunskog tried to counter over the peak of the climb, but Jeanson and Cooke were right with her as were Bruckner, Arndt, Neben, and Mactier on the descent. In what she called Dede style, referring to the way her teammate Demet Barry won this race in 2002, Bruckner tried again to attack on the downhill, but to no avail. "We really wanted to give it every chance" Bruckner told Cyclingnews. "It was fun having the vision of winning, and for a while there I thought Amber [Neben] had a chance, but they [Jeanson, Ljunskog, and Cooke] just went ballistic on the climb."

Left down to the final climb, it was a matter of who had the best kick up the hill that had claimed over half the riders during the course of the day. It was Jeanson. With one kilometer to go, she powered away and no-one could match her jump or her speed. She rolled over the line with 11 seconds to spare leaving Arndt and Cooke to battle it out for second place. Cooke took the sprint from Arndt to keep the World Cup leader's jersey, and Mactier backed up a strong ride by soloing over the line for fourth. Sara Carrigan also had a strong ride finishing sixth behind Ljungskog, but will have to wait until round seven for her next chance to make a dent on Cooke's overall lead.

It was almost impossible to get a hold of Jeanson after the race due to the swarming local journalists and fans, evidence of the thriving enthusiasm for cycling in this part of Canada, but I managed to get to her eventually. "It was really a course of attrition out there today", Jeanson said, "and we made sure the pace was super high up all the climbs. My team did a great job and everything went to plan. My team was the reason that I won today."

Images by Kristy Scrymgeour


1 Geneviève Jeanson (Can) Rona - Esker                      2.51.07
2 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Ausra Gruodis - Safi                      0.11
3 Judith Arndt (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
4 Katie Mactier (Aus) Saturn Cycling Team                      0.13
5 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte            0.21
6 Sara Carrigan (Aus) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte                0.31
7 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
8 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) T-Mobile
9 Anita Valen (Nor) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte                  0.34
10 Barbara Heeb (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team
11 Tina Liebig (Ger) German National Team
12 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
13 Amber Neben (USA) T-Mobile                                  0.40
14 Rachel Heal (GBr) Great Britain National Team               1.02
15 Kimberly Anderson (USA) T-Mobile
16 Theresa Senff (Ger) German National Team                    1.19
17 Kristin Armstrong (USA) T-Mobile                            2.01
18 Manon Jutras (Can) Saturn Cycling Team                      2.24
19 Claudia Stumpf (Ger) German National Team                   2.47
20 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Nürnberger Versicherung              3.06
21 Diana Rast (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team                         3.13
22 Katia Longhin (Ita) Acca Due O Pasta                        3.15
23 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta
24 Andrea Bosman (Ned) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte               3.19
25 Sarah Grab (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team
26 Trine Hansen (Den) S.A.T.S.
27 Deirdre Demet-Barry (USA) T-Mobile                          3.22
28 Meredith Miller (USA) S.A.T.S.                              3.26
29 Magali Le Floch (Fra) Rona - Esker                          3.33
30 Leah Goldstein (Isr) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
31 Karen Bockel (Ger) Rona - Esker
32 Amy More (Can) Saturn Cycling Team
33 Annette Beutler (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team                    3.45
34 Healter Albert (USA) Composite 1                            3.47
35 Katrina Davis (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo                3.48
36 Sandy Espeseth (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's              4.04
37 Petra Rossner (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
38 Grace Fleury (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC                       9.17
39 Yvonne Ilton (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo                 9.27
40 Isabella Wieser (Aut) Charly Lietzsport                     9.43
41 Frances Newstead (GBr) Great Britain National Team          9.59
42 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japan National
43 Sabine Batz (Ger) Charly Lietzsport
44 Catherine Marsal (Fra) Rona - Esker
45 Stacey Peters (USA) T-Mobile                               10.02
46 Erinne Willock (Can) Rona - Esker                          10.06
47 Christinatsa Peick-Anderson (Den)                          10.10
48 Iona Wynter (Jam) Genesis Scuba/FFCC                       10.17
49 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis - Safi                10.22
50 Anne Wagner (Den) S.A.T.S.                                 10.25
51 Krirsty Nicole Robb (NZl) P-P-Bik / Catalunya Mixte        10.27
52 Maggie Shirley (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC                    10.39
53 Candice Blickem (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC                   10.54
54 Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) Great Britain National Team      11.19
Outside time limit
55 Sarah Düster (Ger) German National Team
56 Liane Bahler (Ger) German National Team
57 Penny Edwards (GBr) Great Britain National Team
58 Sara Waller (GBr) Great Britain National Team
59 Erin Carter (Can) Composite 1
60 Ann-Marie Miller (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo
61 Catherine Bearce (USA) Composite 1
62 Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Japan National
63 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Nürnberger Versicherung
64 Ayumu Otsuka (Jpn) Japan National
65 Stéphanie Bourbeau (Can) Équipe Québec
66 Bettina Kuhn (Swi) Swiss Cycling Team
67 Francesca Pellegrini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
68 Élisa Gagnon (Can) Équipe Québec
69 Clara Constantinescu ROM Genesis Scuba/FFCC
70 Kirsten Robbins (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
71 Melissa Holt NZl Rona - Esker
72 Petra Pilz (Aut) Charly Lietzsport
73 Claudia Meyer (Ger) Charly Lietzsport
74 Karin Wieser (Aut) Charly Lietzsport
DNF Nicole Demars (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
DNF Sophie St-Jacques (Can) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
DNF Regina Schleicher (Ger) German National Team
DNF Lauren Franges (USA) Victory Brewing/Amoroso's
DNF Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japan National
DNF Jessica Phillips (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
DNF Ghita Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O Pasta
DNF Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O Pasta
DNF Caroline L'heureux (Can) Équipe Québec
DNF Julie Hutsebaut (Can) Équipe Québec
DNF Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Nürnberger Versicherung
DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
DNF Katy St-Laurent (Can) Équipe Québec
DNF Anne Samplonius (Can) Équipe Québec
DNF Sarah Foulkes (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo
DNF Julie Monagle (USA) Verizon Wireless-Cervélo

World Cup standings

Standings after round 6
1 Nicole Cooke                           207 pts
2 Sara Carrigan                          164
3 Mirjam Melchers                        124
4 Regina Schleicher                      120
5 Judith Arndt                           107
6 Anita Valen                             97
7 Zoulfia Zabirova                        94
8 Olivia Gollan                           89
9 Alison Wright                           85
10 Edita Pucinskaite                      76
11 Geneviève Jeanson                      75
12 Oenone Wood                            75
13 Rochelle Gilmore                       74
14 Virginie Moinard                       57
14 Susanne Ljungskog                      56
16 Susan Palmer-Komar                     51
17 Katie Mactier                          50
18 Nicole Brandli                         45
19 Lyne Bessette                          39
20 Melisa Holt                            30
21 Kristen Armstrong                      27
22 Natalie Bates                          24
23 Kimberly Bruckner                      24
24 Amber Neben,                           22
25 Katherine Bates                        21
25 Magalie Le Floc'h                      21
25 Sophie Creux                           20
25 Rachel Heal                            18
29 Fabiana Luperini                       18
30 Petra Rossner                          18
30 Theresa Senff                          16
32 Dori Ruano Sanchon                     15
33 Sharon Van Dromme                      15
33 Trixi Worrack                          15
35 Zinaida Stahurskaya                    13
35 Aline Camboulives                      12
35 Diana Ziliute                          11
38 Barbara Heeb,                          11
38 Andrea Bosman                          10
40 Miho Oki                               10
41 Sarah Düster,                          10
42 Ioulia Martissova                       9
43 Alexis Rhodes                           9
44 Liane Bahler,                           9
44 Tina Liebig,                            8
44 Ghita Beltman                           7
47 Penny Edwards,                          7
47 Vera Carrara                            6
47 Dara Waller,                            6
50 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba                   5
50 Erin Carter,                            5
52 Ann-Marie Miller,                       4
52 Nataliya Kachalka                       4
52 Svetlana Boubnenkova                    4
52 Amy Safe                                4
56 Catherine Bearce,                       3
56 Sonia Huguet                            3
56 Adrie Visser,                           3
56 Elizabeth Williams                      3
60 Hiroko Shimada,                         2
60 Hayley Rutherford                       2
60 Renee Fortunato                         2
63 Margaret Hemsley                        1