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5th Primavera Rosa - CDM

Italy, March 22, 2003

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Zabirova wins with strong solo

Zabirova on top
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With a powerful attack on the Cipressa with 25 km to go, Russian rider Zoulfia Zabirova (Prato Marathon Bike) has claimed La Primavera Rosa, the second leg of the Women's World Cup. Zabirova rode away from the 60-strong peloton to win the race by 34 seconds, with Regina Schleicher (US Chirio Forno D'Asolo) winning the bunch sprint for second ahead of Australian Rochelle Gilmore (Ausra Gruodis-Safi).

The 121 kilometre race started from Varazze at 11:30 with a large peloton of 138 riders. They faced the final part of the Milan-San Remo parcours, with the entire race being run along the Ligurian coast. The early part of the race was marked by several crashes, including one in the Varigotti tunnel (km 29), but all of the favourites caught behind the crash were able to make it back to the peloton.

After 60 kilometres, five riders attacked: Hanka Kupfernagel (Nurnberger), Miho Oki (Farm Frites-Hartol), Oenone Wood (Australian National Tema), Marta Evangelisti (Michela Fanini) and Dori Ruano (Prato Marathon Bike). However the break didn't last long, being caught by Kate Bates (Powerplate), Margaret Hemsley (Nurnberger), Marina Jaunatre (France), Joulia Martissova (Prato Marathon Bike) and Hayley Rutherford (Road Runner) and then the peloton at 67 kilometres.

The peloton was still together when it hit the Capo Berta with 39 km to go, with Serana Cavicchi (Prato Bike-Aki) attacking on the climb to gain a few metres before she was caught over the top. The status quo was maintained until the Cipressa, 12 km later, when Zoulfia Zabirova exploded out of the bunch and immediately gained 15 seconds. By the top of the 5.7 km climb she had 35 seconds on a bunch of 60 riders, who were not fully committed to chasing the 1996 Olympic time trial champion down.

Zoulfia Zabirova
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Zabirova increased her lead to 50" at the base of the Poggio with 9 km to race, and that was more than enough for her to stay clear as the peloton fragmented behind her. On the climb, Oenone Wood (Australia) and Nicole Brandli (Prato Marathon Bike) attacked, but were caught just near the summit by the now much smaller peloton.

As Zabirova was steaming towards victory with 1 km to go, there was an incident in the bunch that took out World Champion Susanne Ljungskog, after a rider swerved and broke several spokes in her front wheel. The sprint for second place was taken by Regina Schleicher from Rochelle Gilmore, with around 30 riders arriving in the lead group.

With her victory, Zabirova moves into second overall in the World Cup standings behind Australian Sara Carrigan (Powerplate-Bik), who finished 13th today and gained 8 points.


Images by Fotoreporter Sirotti

Images by Davide Tricarico

Results - 121 km

1 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike                  3.05.22 (39.15 km/h)
2 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Us Chirio Forno D'asolo                0.34
3 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
4 Virginie Moinard (Fra) French National Team
5 Anita Valen (Nor) Bik-Powerplate
6 Oenone Wood (Aus) Australian National Team
7 Magalie Le Floc'h (Fra) French National Team
8 Alison Wright (Aus) Road Runner - Guerciotti
9 Sophie Creux (Fra) French National Team
10 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O-Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie
11 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
12 Joulia Martissova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike
13 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Bik-Powerplate
14 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung
15 Vera Carrara (Ita) Road Runner - Guerciotti
16 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa) Spanish National Team
17 Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike
18 Nicole Brandli (Swi) Prato Marathon Bike
19 Hayley Rutherford (Aus) Road Runner - Guerciotti
20 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Australian National Team
21 Chantal Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O-Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie
22 Arenda Grimderg (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
23 Zinaida Stahurskaia (Blr) Us Chirio Forno D'asolo
24 Aline Camboulives (Fra) G.S. Mazza
25 Joane Somarriba Arrola (Spa) Spanish National Team
26 Nicole Cooke (GBr) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
27 Cindy Pieters (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team          0.38
28 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung         0.46
29 Tanja Schmidt-Hennes (Ger) Team Next 125                      0.51
30 Miho Oki (Jpn) Farm Frites-Hartol
31 Ghita Beltman (Ned) Acca Due O-Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie
32 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
33 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
34 Lisbeth Simper (Den) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
35 Serena Cavicchi (Ita) Prato Bike - Aki
36 Sandrine Marcuz (Fra) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
37 Simona Parente (Ita) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
38 Juliette Vandekerckhove (Fra) French National Team
39 Catherine Marsal (Fra) French National Team
40 Hanka Kupfernagel (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung        1.00
41 Angela Brodtka (Ger) German National Team
42 Giovanna Troldi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
43 Theresa Senff (Ger) German National Team                      1.03
44 Katia Longhin (Ita) Acca Due O-Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie      1.07
45 Marta Evangelisti (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox        1.10
46 Barbara Heeb (Swi) Swiss National Team
47 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai        1.15
48 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature                   1.30
49 Baukje Doedee (Ned) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
50 Sarah Grab (Swi) Swiss National Team
51 Gunn-Rita Dahle (Nor) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
52 Petra Henzi (Swi) Swiss National Team
53 Silvia Parietti (Ita) Prato Bike - Aki                        1.47
54 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
55 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Bik-Powerplate
56 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
57 Tina Liebig (Ger) German National Team
58 Nataliya Kachalka (Ukr) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
59 Sharon Van Essen (Ned) Bik-Powerplate
60 Caroline Payot-Podevin (Fra) G.S. Mazza                       3.02
61 Adrie Visser (Ned) Dutch National Team
62 Marina Jaunatre (Fra) French National Team
63 Marina Khodtchenkova (Rus) Us Chirio Forno D'asolo
64 Vibe Kolding (Den) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
65 Katherine Bates (Aus) Bik-Powerplate
66 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Road Runner - Guerciotti
67 Irene Puccioni (Ita) Prato Bike - Aki
68 Julie Pekarkova (Cze) Czech National Team
69 Anna Zugno (Ita) Ju Sport - Gorla Minore
70 Irene Hostettler (Swi) Team Next 125
71 Alexandra Bahler (Swi) G.S. Mazza
72 Eneritz Iturriaga (Spa) Team 2002 Aurora RSM
73 Zita Urbonaite (Ltu) Acca Due O-Pasta Zara Lorena Camicie
74 Natalie Bates (Aus) Australian National Team
75 Maribel Moreno Allue (Spa) Spanish National Team              3.23
76 Areke Hassink (Ned) Dutch National Team                       4.19
77 Debby Mansveld (Ned) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team         6.18
78 Martine Bras (Ned) Ondernemers Van Nature
79 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
80 Sharon Van Dromme (Bel) Vlaanderen-T-Interim Ladies Team
81 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Team Next 125
82 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Czech National Team
83 Elena Chalaeva (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike
84 Erika Vilunaite (Ltu) Ausra Gruodis - Safi
85 Josephine Groenveld (Ned) Dutch National Team
86 Marianna Lorenzoni (Ita) Team Catalunya-Aliverti-Kookai
87 Yvonne Brunen (Ned) Bik-Powerplate
88 Béatrice Thomas (Fra) G.S. Mazza
89 Emma James (Aus) Australian National Team
90 Elisabeth Vink (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
91 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National Team                      6.24
92 Frederika Van Der Wiel (Ned) Dutch National Team              9.08
93 Jaccolien Wallard (Ned) Dutch National Team
94 Charlotte Becker (Ger) German National Team
95 Esther Van Der Helm (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol
96 Leticia Gil Parra (Spa) Spanish National Team
97 Arantzazu Azpiroz (Spa) Spanish National Team
98 Jennifer Manefield (Aus) Australian National Team

Starters: 138
Classified: 98

World Cup standings after round 2

                                                      AUS   ITA   Tot.
1 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Bik-Powerplate                   75    8     83 pts
2 Zoulfia Zabirova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike           -     75    75
3 Regina Schleicher (Ger) Us Chirio Forno D'asolo      11    50    61
4 Katie Mactier (Aus) Saturn                           50    -     50
5 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Ausra Gruodis - Safi          15    35    50
6 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger                 35    7     42
7 Melissa Holt (NZl) Rona                              30    -     30
8 Oenone Wood (Aus)                                    6     24    30
9 Virginie Moinard (Fra)                               -     30    30
10 Kristen Armstrong (USA) Team T-Mobile               27    -     27
11 Anita Valen (Nor) Bik-Powerplate                    -     27    27
12 Alison Wright (Aus)                                 7     18    25
13 Nathalie Bates (Aus)                                24    -     24
14 Katherine Bates (Aus) Bik-Powerplate                21    -     21
15 Le Floc'h Magalie (Fra)                             -     21    21
16 Petra Rossner (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger               18    -     18
17 Sophie Creux (Fra)                                  -     15    15
18 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Acca Due O-Lorena Camicie       -     11    11
19 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Bik-Powerplate                  10    -     10
20 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Farm Frites-Hartol            -     10    10
21 Alexis Rhodes (Aus)                                 9     -     9
22 Joulia Martissova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike         -     9     9
23 Miho Oki (Jpn) Farm Frites-Hartol                   8     -     8
24 Vera Carrara (Ita) Road Runner Guerciotti           -     6     6
25 Olivia Gollan (Aus)                                 5     1     6
26 Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spa)                         -     5     5
27 Amy Safe (Aus)                                      4     -     4
28 Svetlana Boubnenkova (Rus) Prato Marathon Bike      -     4     4
29 Elizabeth Williams (NZl)                            3     -     3
30 Nicole Brandli (Swi) Prato Marathon Bike            -     3     3
31 Renée Fortunato (Aus)                               2     -     2
32 Hayley Rutherford (Aus) Road Runner Guerciotti      -     2     2
33 Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger            1     -     1