Posted by Editoress on 02/24/08
Geelong - Women's World Cup #1 Australia
Report by Gennie Sheer, Communications Director, Cycling Australia
American Katheryn Mattis (Webcor Builders) outsprinted Australia's Emma Rickards (Cervelo Lifeforce) to claim victory in Geelong in the opening round of the 2008 UCI Women's Road Cycling World Cup series.
"It's unbelievable, it was a spectacular day," said Mattis who now leads the World Cup series. "The spectators were awesome and the course was really hard and my team raced great."
Eighty five riders started the 120 kilometre event raced over eight laps of a picturesque 14.9km circuit out and back from Waterfront Geelong and the pace was high from the gun with 12 riders breaking away early.
But Team High Road powered the chase on the front of the peloton and the 12 leaders were reeled in on the fourth lap.
Cervelo Lifeforce riders then launched a series of attacks with Rickards finally breaking clear followed close behind by Mattis. The pair steadily increased their lead with the margin blowing out to almost seven minutes by the sixth lap. A late charge by team High Road narrowed the margin but it was too little too late. With one kilometre to go, and still holding a lead of over two minutes, Mattis and Rickards engaged in a series of stalling tactics with neither wanting to take the lead. Two hundred metres from home Mattis launched the sprint and Rickards couldn't match it giving the 33 year old American the biggest win of her career.
"I could have never guessed it would be the two of us out there together, but it's just great," said Mattis. "With about a kilometre to go, it became a cat and mouse game and I am not known as a sprinter but I sort of unleashed my inner sprinter I guess."
For Rickards, it was a case of so close and yet so far.
"I have some mixed emotions because when you go so close, of course you want to be in that jersey, but to finish second in a World Cup is just amazing," said the 24 year old Victorian. "I felt confident that I could finish off with a good sprint, but it wasn't quite to be.
"But for a World Cup and one in my own country I am ecstatic that I am on the podium, it's the best result for me ever," Rickards added.
German star Ina Tuetenberg (Team High Road) once again showed her class by sprinting home in third at the head of the main peloton one minute and eight seconds behind the leaders.
However she lamented a missed opportunity and was disappointed by the lack of assistance given to her and her High Road team mates during the chase.
"We did everything we could, the girls were falling off the bike at the end of the race, so you couldn't ask for more, but maybe we miscalculated and should have gone a little bit earlier," said Teutenberg.
The next World Cup round will be raced in Italy on 24 March.
|1. Katheryn Mattis (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team||3:04:46|
|2. Emma Rickards (Aus) Cervelo Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team||at s.t.|
|3 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) Team High Road||1:08|
|4. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia|
|5. Regina Schleicher (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung|
|6. Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung|
|7. Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team|
|8. Charlotte Becker (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung|
|9. Gina Grain (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|10. Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team|
|11. Miho Oki (Jpn) Menikini Selle Italia|
|12. Peta Mullens (Aus) Australian National Team|
|13 Carly Hibberd (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team|
|14. Priska Doppmann (Sui) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team|
|15. Vicki Whitelaw (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team|
|16. Lang Meng (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling|
|17. Carissa Wilkes (NZl) BikeNZ|
|18. Carlee Taylor (Aus) QAS|
|19. Tina Mayolo Pic (USA) Vrienden Van Het Platteland|
|20. Yong Li Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling|
|21. Leonie Burford (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani|
|22. Lauren Franges (USA) US National Team|
|23 Catherine Cheatley (NZl) BikeNZ|
|24. Lorian Graham (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland|
|25. Jemma O'Brien (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani|
|26. Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung|
|27. Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung|
|28. Katie Mactier (Aus) VIS|
|29. Serena Sheridan (NZl) BikeNZ|
|30. Alex Wrubleski (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|31. Ruth Corset (Aus) QAS|
|32. Fei Wang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling|
|33 Toni Bradshaw (NZl) BikeNZ|
|34. Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australian National Team|
|35. Carla Ryan (Aus) Australian National Team|
|36. Emma Mackie (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team|
|37. Kristin Armstrong Savola (USA) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team|
|38. Oenone Wood (Aus) Team High Road|
|39. Alison Powers (USA) US National Team|
|40. Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|41. Min Gao (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling|
|42. Natalie Bates (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia|
|43 Christiane Soeder (Aut) Cervelo-Lifeforce Pro Cycling Team|
|44. Christina Ruiter (USA) US National Team|
|45. Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team||all s.t.|
|46. Belinda Goss (Aus) VIS||2:51|
|47. Sara Carrigan (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team|
|48. Carmen Mcnellis (USA) US National Team|
|49. Helen Kelly (Aus) VIS|
|50. Alex Rhodes (Aus) Team High Road Women||all s.t.|
|51. Jaccolien Wallaard (Ned) Vrienden Van Het Platteland||5:34|
|52. Marina Duvnjak (NZl) BikeNZ|
|53 Linda Villumsen Serup (Den) Team High Road||both s.t.|
|54. Chantal Beltman (Ned) Team High Road||7:26|
|55. Kathryn Watt (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team||7:39|
|OTL Deborah Fagg (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team|
|OTL Olivia Gollan (Aus) Menikini Selle Italia|
|DNS Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Menikini Selle Italia|
|DNF Judith Arndt (Ger) Team High Road|
|DNF Eva Lutz (Ger) Equipe Nürnberger Versicherung|
|DNF Marina Riomoli (Ita) Menikini Selle Italia|
|DNF Nikki Egyed (Aus) Vrienden Van Het Platteland|
|DNF Xiao Mei Huang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling|
|DNF Li Chen (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling|
|DNF Amy Dombroski (USA) Webcor Builders Cycling Team|
|DNF Kim Schoonbaert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol Ladies Team|
|DNF Jocelyn Loane (Aus) Australian National Team|
|DNF Bridie O'Donnell (Aus) Australian National Team|
|DNF Katharine Carroll (USA) US National Team|
|DNF Brei Gudsell (NZl) BikeNZ|
|DNF Lisa Friend (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani|
|DNF Kate Finegan (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani|
|DNF Sue Forsyth (Aus) NSWIS - CBD - Degani|
|DNF Louise Kerr (Aus) QAS|
|DNF Tahlia Paskin (Aus) QAS|
|DNF Rachel Neylan (Aus) QAS|
|DNF Nicole Whitburn (Aus) VIS|
|DNF Katherine O'Shea (Aus) VIS|
|DNF Jessica Berry (Aus) VIS|
|DNF Jenny Macpherson (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team|
|DNF Josephine Tomic (Aus) Landlink ACTAS Cycling Team|
|DNF Liz Young (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team|
|DNF Hayley Wright (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team|
|DNF Patricia Palmer (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team|
|DNF Sheree Mckenzie (Aus) MB Cycles Womens Cycling Team|
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