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New Zealand, March 6, 2005

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De Goede wins in wind

By Jim Robinson

Suzanne De Goede (Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink)
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Sunday's Trust House Women's World Cup Race in New Zealand's capital city was always going to be a hard one. The 124km race featured two sharp hills on each of twenty laps, as well as some tight inner-city racing. Mix in a gale force wind and a simply hard course became something altogether more challenging.

These weren't your everyday zephyrs. It was gusting to 120 kilometres an hour (around 70 mph). It was windy enough for plastic crowd pontoons to get pushed across the road; that is, until the fire service came out and tied them to traffic light posts and filled them with water.

So when Suzanne de Goede (Netherlands) and Linda Serup (Denmark) sprinted to a clear first and second place, the big crowds had reason to applaud. In these conditions, only the strong survive. Only the strongest win.

"I felt really good all day. It's not always that when you feel good you go good ­ but today I did. I'm very happy," De Goede said.

The duo had jumped away from the much whittled-down lead bunch on the final lap. At the finish line, right in front of New Zealand Parliament Buildings, de Goede easily took the sprint. Her average speed wasn't much over 34kph.

The riders rode through the grounds
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Tina Mayolo-Pic capped off a highly successful week down under, heading in the remnants of the bunch at 10 seconds. Roll back a few hundred kilometers and the US rider was winning the opening stage of the three-day tour curtain-raiser to today's World Cup race.

The crowds had no Australasian riders on the podium to cheer but there was certainly strength in depth, from both sides of the Tasman Sea. Oenone Wood, Jenny MacPherson and Katherine Bates (Australia); and Melissa Holt and Joanne Kiesanowski (NZ) all made the top 10. Besides, with the success of today's race securing the Wellington leg of the World Cup for another three years, it's not all over.

High winds caused havoc
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Perhaps inspired by the break which determined the Trust House Women's Tour of New Zealand, the race action started early. A bunch of seven, including kiwi hopes Michelle Hyland and Johanna Buick, charged off on the first lap. With the other kiwis blocking and more than a few riders hiding from the buffeting winds, the escapee's lead built up to a maximum of 3min 45. With 60km remaining, things started to look very promising for the locals.

Then at mid-race the hammer went down hard. The main field started taking 45 seconds a lap, pulling itself apart in the process. The break shrank to five, then with a couple of laps to go it got reeled in altogether ­ Judith Arndt's rainbow jersey prominent in doing the damage. A brief respite followed, before de Goede and Serup showed their strength ­ and held it to the end.


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Images by Mike Heydon/www.jetphotography.co.nz

Images by CJ Farquharson/www.womenscycling.net

Images by Craig Wadsworth

Results, 124.2km

1 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink                       3.38.06 (34.17km/h)
2 Linda Melanie Serup (Den) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                           0.01
3 Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Avery Ford                                          0.10
4 Oenone Wood (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                              
5 Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport                            
6 Melissa Holt (NZl) New Zealand National                                       
7 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                                 
8 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas             
9 Miho Oki (Jpn) Japanese National                                              
10 Katherine Bates (Aus) Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink                          0.14
11 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) German National                                       
12 Sara Carrigan (Aus) Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink                                
13 Tamara Boyd (NZl) Trust House New Zealand B                                  
14 Sigrid Corneo (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas                 
15 Edwig Pitel (Swi) European Combined                                      0.24
16 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                           
17 Natalie Bates (Aus) Ton van Bemmelen AA Drink                            0.27
18 Judith Arndt (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                        0.47
19 Katie Brown (Aus) Australian National Team                               1.23
20 Helen Kelly (Aus) Avery Ford                                                 
21 Susie Wood (NZl) New Zealand National                                    1.26
22 Amy Gillett (Aus) Australian National Team                               1.46
23 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) New Zealand National                                     
24 Emma Rickards (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport                          2.44
25 Sarah Duster (Ger) German National                                       2.46
26 Diana Rast (Swi) European Combined                                       2.54
27 Olga Slyusareva (Rus) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas           3.04
28 Claire Baxtor (Aus) Team Samsung                                         3.11
29 Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Avery Ford                                           3.13
30 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team                             3.33
31 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Australian National Team                          3.46
32 Katie Nichols (Aus) Australian National Team                                 
33 Michelle Hyland (NZl) New Zealand National                               3.51
34 Jo Ryder (NZl) Team Samsung                                              4.26
35 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas    4.51
36 Nadene Boyle (NZl) Trust House New Zealand B                                 
37 Bianca Knopfle (Ger) German National                                     4.52
38 Emma James (Aus) Avery Ford                                              4.53
39 Robyn Wong (NZl) Mizone New Zealand                                          
40 Johanna Buick (NZl) Trust House New Zealand B                                
41 Caroline Jackson (GBr) European Combined                                     
42 Catherine Sell (NZl) New Zealand National                                    
43 Meredith Miller (USA) Avery Ford                                             
44 Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Japanese National                                    5.15
45 Akemi Morimoto (Jpn) Japanese National                                   6.14
46 Brei Gudsell (NZl) Trust House New Zealand B                             7.30
47 Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas              
48 Carly Hibberd (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport                          8.27
49 Serena Sheridan (NZl) Star & Garter Wheelers                                 
50 Emma Mackie (Aus) Team Samsung                                               
51 Frith Brown (NZl) Star & Garter Wheelers                                     
52 Georgina Waibl (NZl) Tait Communications Team                                
53 Claudia Hecht (Ger) German National                                      8.29
54 Bernadette Schober (Aut) European Combined                               8.30
55 Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) SC Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas            
56 Verena Joos (Ger) German National                                            
57 Tri Kusuma Santia (Ina) Indonesian National                             10.02
58 Vickie Burr (NZl) Mizone New Zealand                                    10.04
59 Keren Van Der Boom (NZl) Tait Communications Team                       10.05
60 Nathalie Laurendeau (Aus) Western Australia                             10.40
61 Priska Doppmann (Swi) European Combined                                      
62 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                       
63 Michelle Kiesanowski (NZl) New Zealand National                              
64 Karen Fulton (NZl) Mizone New Zealand                                        
65 Bernadette Schober (Aut) European Combined                                   
66 Carolyn Jenkins (NZl) Star & Garter Wheelers                                 
67 Richelle Marshall (NZl) Star & Garter Wheelers                               
68 Kelly Hulser (USA) Western Australia                                         
69 Stacy Sims (NZl) Star & Garter Wheelers                                      
70 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                           
71 Tanja Hennes (Ger) Buitenpoort-Flexpoint                                     
72 Kirsty Bortolin (Aus) Team Samsung                                           
73 Anke Wichmann (Ger) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                           
74 Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Equipe Nurnberger Versicherung                      
75 Candice Sullivan (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport                           
76 Carissa Wilkes (NZl) Mizone New Zealand                                      
77 Louise Yaxley (Aus) Australian National Team                                 
78 Hannah Banks (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport                               
79 Jane Williams (NZl) Avery Ford                                               
80 Sandy Kunz (Swi) Star & Garter Wheelers                                      
81 Judith May (Aus) Team Samsung                                                
82 Rosyida Dahlina (Ina) Indonesian National                                    
83 Anna Miyazaki (Jpn) Japanese National                                        
84 Nicola Johnson (NZl) Tait Communications Team                                
85 Nichola Wilson (NZl) Tait Communications Team                                
86 Muzizah Uyun (Ina) Indonesian National                                       
87 Lauren Rosborough (NZl) Tait Communications Team                             
88 Sri Suyamti (Ina) Indonesian National                                        
89 Hedi-Jane Humphries (NZl) Tait Communications Team                           
90 Kerry Cohen (Aus) Western Australia                                          
91 Charlotte Becker (Ger) German National                                       
92 Kerryn Charman (Aus) Western Australia                                       
93 Nicole Freedman (Isr) Western Australia                                       
94 Christiane Soeder (Aut) European Combined                                    
95 Melissa Pilla (NZl) Trust House New Zealand B                                
96 Sally Cowman (Aus) Queensland Academy of Sport                               

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