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June 1/04 12:17 pm - Tour du Grand Montréal: Stage 2

Posted by Editoress on 06/1/04

Tour du Grand Montréal Montreal

Stage 2: Petite Italie Criterium, 50 km
report by Giana Roberge

The second stage of the Tour of Montreal was held in a dynamic area of Montreal called Little Italy. The perfect setting for a downtown criterium, the course was one kilometer of flat and fast bumpy roads. The crowd was huge, with the noise level making it almost impossible for the riders to hear the orders from their directors on the race radios.

There was a Leader's Jersey at stake, with the morning stage winner's lead being less than a second. Tina Mayolo Pic and her Genesis Scuba Team had their work cut out for them defending the slight lead over T-Mobile's Dede Demet Barry and Quark's Lyne Bessette - both very good criterium riders in the their own right. Only three seconds behind Mayolo was also Petra Rossner, and with only a three second gap to the lead and nine seconds of bonus seconds, Rossner could have yellow by night's end.

The race began fast and furious with a series of attacks from the Rona and Quark Teams. However, with such a high caliber field, there was plenty of horse power to keep any breaks in check. The $100 and $200 primes kept the pace high, and by the end, as the bell kept ringing it was clear a field sprint would be inevitable.

Having captured the mid-way time bonus sprint for three seconds over Mayolo, Rossner has the lead in her sites. With two laps to go, her Nurnberger teammate, Judith Arndt went to the front and strung the field to the breaking point. Coming out of the final corner, Rossner jumped hard on the pedals, clearing the field. Regina Schleicher (Safi-Past Zara Manhattan) tried to come to terms with the German, but she was unable to close the gap. Rossner had plenty of time to celebrate her victory as she soared across the line.

Rossner's win of both the stage and the midway time bonus moved her into the lead, however, tomorrow's 120 very hilly road race will certainly test her climbing abilities, and may compliment her teammate Arndt. Bessette is not far behind Rossner, and Demet Barry is still well within striking range. With tomorrow's forecast for wet and cold, the stage promises to be yet another showdown in the roads of Montreal.

1. Petra Rossner (Ger) Nurnberger Versicherung1:09:38
2. Regina Schleicher (Ger) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
3. Anita Valen (Nor) Team S.A.T.S.
4. Magali Le Floch (Fra) Quark Cycling Team
5. Annette Beutler (Sui) Équipe Internationale
6. Oenone Wood (Aus) Équipe Nationale d'Australie
7. Mari Holden (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team
8. Audrey Lemieux (Can) Quark Cycling Team
9. Anna Gusmini (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Guerciotti
10. Nicole Freedman (Isr) Basis Aude
11. Charlotte Goldsmith (GBr) Équipe Nationale de Grande Bretagne
12. Kori Kelly (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
13. Alison Wright (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie Guerciotti
14. Katy St-Laurent (Can) Basis Aude
15. Andrea Graus (Aut) Équipe Internationale
16. Anna Zugno (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
17. Julie Hutsebaut (Can) Équipe du QuÉbec
18. Lara Kroepsch (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team
19. Laura Val Gilder (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
20. Amber Neben (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team
21. Katrina Berger-Grove (USA) Équipe Cycliste RONA
22. Amy Moore (Can) Quark Cycling Team
23. Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
24. Chrissy Ruiter (USA) Basis Aude
25. Candice Blickem (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
26. Tina Mayolo-Pic (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
27. Julie BÉlanger (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada Developpement
28. Judith Arndt (Ger) Nurnberger Versicherung
29. Pauline Frascone (USA) Basis Aube
30. Anne Samplonius (Can) Équipe du QuÉbec
31. Lyne Bessette (Can) Quark Cycling Team
32. Erinne Willock (Can) Équipe Cycliste RONA
33. Diana Ziliute (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
34. Olivia Gollan (Aus) Équipe Nationale d'Australie
35. Daniela Fusar Poli (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Guerciotti
36. Meredith Miller (USA) Team S.A.T.S.
37. Laura Yoisten (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada Developpement
38. Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Esp) Équipe Nationale d'Espagne
39. Geneviève Jeanson (Can) Équipe Cycliste RONA
40. Kim Anderson (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team
41. Catherine Marsal (Fra) Nobili Rubinetterie Guerciotti
42. Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie Guerciotti
43. Arantzazu Azpiroz (Esp) Équipe Nationale d'Espagne
44. Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
45. Dede Demet-Barry (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team
46. Christina Peick-Anderson (Den) Team S.A.T.S.
47. Iosune Murillo Elkano (Esp) Équipe Nationale d'Espagne
48. Maribel Moreno (Esp) Équipe Nationale d'Espagne
49. Margaret Hemsley (Aus) Équipe Nationale d'Australie
50. Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Cycling Team Composite
51. Helen Kelly (Aus) Équipe Cycliste RONA
52. Rachel Heal (GBr) Équipe Nationale de Grande Bretagne
53. Katheryn Curi (USA) Équipe Cycliste RONA
54. Zita Urbonaite (Ltu) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
55. Jeannie Longo_Ciprelli (Fra) Équipe Internationale
56. Manon Jutras (Can) Team S.A.T.S.
57. Leticia Gil Parra (Esp) Équipe Nationale d'Espagne
58. Trine Hansen (Den) Team S.A.T.S.
59. Kym Shirley (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie Guerciotti
60. Catherine Hare (GBr) Équipe Nationale de Grande Bretagne
61. Michelle Beltran (USA) Webcor Cycling Team Composite
62. Joan Davies (USA) Webcor Cycling Team Composite
63. Émilie Roy (Can) Quark Cycling Team
64. Barbara Heeb (Sui) Équipe Internationale
65. Kele Hulser (USA) Basis Aude
66. Megan Elliott (USA) Quark Cycling Team
67. Alicia Genest (USA) Verizon Wireless Wheelworks
68. Élisa Gagnon (Can) Équipe du QuÉbec
69. Felicia Greer (Can) Webcor Cycling Team Composite
70. Jessica Phillips (USA) Nurnberger Versicherung
71. Grace Fleury (USA) Genesis Scuba/FFCC
72. Leah Toffolon (USA) Verizon Wireless Wheelworks
73. Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Nurnberger Versicherung
74. Emily Sandwith (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada Developpement
75. Hiroko Shimada (Jap) Webcor Cycling Team Composite
76. Tara Ross (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada Developpement
77. Anna Milkowski (USA) Équipe Cycliste RONA
78. Dotsie Cowden (USA) T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team
79. Yulia Razenkova (Rus) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
80. Naiara Telletxea Lopez (Esp) Équipe Nationale d'Espagne
81. Monika Schachl (Aut) Équipe Internationale
82. Caroline Montminy (Can) Équipe du QuÉbecall s.t.
83. Marie-Pier BÉdard (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada Developpement3:19
84. Janine Verstraeten (USA) Verizon Wireless Wheelworks3:59
85. Rhonda Guzda (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada Developpement6:57
DNF. Pauline Frascone (USA) Basis Aube
DNS. StÉphanie Bourbeau (Can) Équipe du QuÉbec
DNS. Louise Yaxley (Aus) Équipe Nationale d'Australie


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