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May 31/05 3:09 am - Tour du Grand Montreal: Stage 2 (Crit) Report, Photos and full results


Posted by Editoress on 05/31/05
 

Tour du Grand Montreal
By Leigh Hargrove

Stage 2: Petite Italie criterium, 50km

Photos by Andrea Brewer

The second stage of the Grand Tour du Montreal took place in Montreal's Little Italy, a fifty-lap criterium filled with primes and lots of Canadian action!

With Webcor Builders in the leader's jersey, most of the European teams were happy to watch the local North American trade team work hard in today's criterium. A lot of attacks came from World Cup leader Oenone Wood's team, Neunberger Versicherung as well as Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini and Team S.A.T.S. Local teams Diet Cheerwine, Quark, Ellicycle Sport and RDCA-RONA were active in chasing down anything that flew up the road, however a lot of the cash primes went to Neunberger, Nobili, Quark, and RDCA-RONA.

The pack remained together despite several attempts to break it up. Lyne Bessette (Ellicycle Sport expert Louis Garneau) made a successful attack with 19 laps to go, opening up a fifty-metre gap on the pack within her first lap away.

Guest riding on Bessette's team is BC native Lisa Sweeney, who immediately rode to the front to block. "Once she was off the front I thought she had a good gap so I looked at Geneviève Gagnon, my teammate, and we looked at each other and went to the front where we needed to be. Webcor was trying to chase it down; we just tried to mess it up. Quark was at the front trying to chasing it down too...so yeah, we tried to help her stay away but Erinne Willock (Webcor Builders) just went to the front and Boom, she single-handedly pulled it back, she's so strong."

Willock, riding for Webcor Builders, was riding in defense of the yellow jersey rider on her team, Christine Thornburn. Bessette remained off the front for 8 laps until Webcor reeled her back in.

Bessette was excited about the team's efforts in Monday night's race. "My girls! I didn't expect anything from them because they don't have much experience. But they did great, they were at the front. Lisa said when they caught you I went but I had no legs. It doesn't matter, at least they had the passion to do it!"

Fellow Canadian Willock also noted Sweeney and Gagnon's efforts. "They were great, they did a lot of work to help Lyne out, they were quite strong and that was impressive because they are young Canadians."

Willock's teammate Betina Hold (also Canadian) initiated the chase that ultimately put Lyne Bessette back into the field. Hold has been living in California for the last couple of years and is excited to race with the international field in Montreal. "It was really fast, but having some of the Europeans here was nice because they yelled at the squirrelly riders, so I thought it was pretty clean. It was fast, but it was in control. If you did a nasty move you got yelled at, and taking the corners when there was a little respect going on and there were some good wheels to follow!"

Although Bessette's attack was one of the highlights of the evening, Nurnberger Versicherung's Oenone Wood win was definitely another. After a five-lap train led by her teammates put her into a position to win the race, Wood mistook the 2nd last lap for the last. She threw her hands up in the air, thinking she had won; yet there was still one more lap to go! "The lead-out today, although I blew it a bit, the girls did an awesome lead-out... When I got to that first corner I looked around and I realized everyone was still racing and I thought 'oh no!' Then I was lucky and I got into a good position, third wheel..."

Bessette noted how quickly Wood's team reacted. "They kept riding fast, her team, and she just got back in line!"

Third place rider Rochelle Gilmore (Team S.A.T.S) was impressed by Wood's quick recovery after she realized her mistake. "Oenone was amazing and I'm glad that she won after what she did."

Joanne Kiesanowski (Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas) was somewhat flustered by the mistake Wood made, but still managed to hang on for second place. "For the finish, she sprinted a lap early, I thought, yeah, I got a good chance here! I got a good lead out sitting in behind a Quark rider...So, after that lap, I came around her as she went around the corner, but I didn't have the legs and Oenone did it again, she is so strong."

Gilmore pointed out that Canadian Bessette rode a strong race. "I think Bessette was always there, making moves. She was chasing everything down, she was attacking and she was always at the front. That was interesting. Obviously Nurnberger was controlling, they have just got the strongest team here, no doubt...I think the strongest team in the world...with five laps to go, nobody could even come near them!"

Willock was right up in the action for the majority of the race. "Nurnberger was doing a train for Oenone I'm guessing - ha-ha- all we were doing was trying to hold wheels. Christine and I, but we're not sprinters, and we get pushed around, so we were doing our best to stay up there and try to get some time bonuses, didn't happen today, so we held onto the yellow jersey and that was awesome." Willock finished 14th, Hold in 28th, and ultimately, their teammate Christine Thornburg finished 20th, and hung onto the yellow jersey.

Recent World Cup winner Geneviève Jeanson (ACDA-RONA) finished fourth in the sprint finish.

How did Sweeney fair in the end? "I was just staring at the cog-set ahead of me, just to make sure I was in a decent finish. I wanted to have a good finish; I didn't have much left of my legs. But, I followed Lyne's wheel at the end, she's such a good racer; she'll always be there in the end." Sweeney finished 19th in the bunch sprint, Bessette 17th.

Sweeney is excited to be racing in Montreal for Bessette's Ellicycle Sport expert Louis Garneau team. "This is my first international criterium besides Gastown. Lyne was nice enough to give me a spot racing for her team; I really wanted to do this race. Having a World Cup in your own country, and having the European girls coming here is great...She's really into developing younger riders and she's really helpful. She's just a really great person!"

Canadian rider Julie Bélanger (Diet Cheerwine) and the rest of her teammates were very active in chasing down a lot of the early race breaks. Belanger made it into the top 10 with a 9th place in the final sprint, a personal best for the young rider at this event.


1. Oenone Wood (Aus) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung 1:12:06
2. Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas
3. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta
4. Geneviève Jeanson (Can) ACDA-Rona
5. Annette Beutler (Sui) Quark
6. Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas
7. Melissa Holt (NZl) Team S.A.T.S
8. Daniella Fusar Poli (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas
9. Julie Bélanger (Can) Diet Cheerwine
10. Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Team S.A.T.S
11. Magan Long (USA) ACDA-Rona
12. Judith Arndt (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
13. Audrey Lemieux (Can) Quark
14. Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team
15. Melissa Sanborn (USA) Subway
16. Jenny Trew (Can) Canadian National Team
17. Lyne Bessette (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
18. Melodie Metzger (USA) Velo Bella
19. Lisa Sweeney (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
20. Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team
21. Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Col) Colombian National Team
22. Nicole Wangsgard (USA) Subway
23. Jacqueline Mourao (Bra) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
24. Monica Lorena Mendes Ortiz (Col) Colombian National Team
25. Trine Hansen (Den) Team S.A.T.S
26. Marielle Aunave (Fra) Mixed team espoirs Laval
27. Grace Fleury (USA) Quark
28. Betina Hold (Can) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team
29. Alessandra Grassi (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta
30. Tara Ross (Can) Diet Cheerwine
31. Julie Hutsebault (Can) Équipe du Québec
32. Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Colavita/Cooking Light
33. Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta
34. Kathy St-Laurent (Can) Équipe du Québec
35. Cathrine Walberg (USA) ACDA-Rona
36. Kim Anderson (USA) Colavita/Cooking Light
37. Regina Schleicher (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
38. Naomi Cermack (Can) Colavita/Cooking Light
39. Patricia Schwager (Sui) Quark
40. Anke Wichmann (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
41. Geneviève Gagnon (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
42. Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas
43. Kirsten Robbin (Can) Canadian National Team
44. Jennifer Chapman (USA) Velo Bella
45. Helen Kelly (Aus) Quark
46. Gessica Turato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta
47. Marie-Pierre Bédard (Can) Canadian National Team
48. Jennifer Stephenson (Can) Biovail
49. Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
50. Rachel Heal (GBr) Team S.A.T.S
51. Gabriella Gonzalez-Ferrat (Mex) Velo Bella
52. Joanie Caron (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
53. Suzanne Macht (Can) Canadian National Team
54. Heather Lamson (Can) Diet Cheerwine
55. Olivia Gollan (Aus) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
56. Millerlandy Escobar (Col) Colombian National Team
57. Stéphanie Bourbeau (Can) Équipe du Québec
58. Ana Paola Madrinan Villegas (Col) Colombian National Team
59. Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Biovail
60. Élisa Gagnon (Can) Équipe du Québec
61. Joelle Numainville (Can) Mixed team espoirs Laval
62. Sima Trapp (USA) Subway
63. Susan Weldon (USA) Subway
64. Julia Farell (Can) Diet Cheerwine
65. Olga Slyusareva (Rus) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeasall s.t.
66. Rosanne Kent (USA) Quark0:22
67. Stefanie Graeter (USA) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team
68. Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Velo Bellaboth s.t.
69. Caroline Montminy (Can) Équipe du Québec 0:40
70. Kelly Benjamin (USA) ACDA-Rona 1:24
71. Barbara Howe (USA) Velo Bella 2:15
72. Anna Tratnyek (Can) Canadian National Team 2:38
73. Kylie Case (Can) Canadian National Team 9:41
DQ Dulce Pliego Moreno (Mex) Biovail
DQ Caroline Théberge (Can) Équipe du Québec
DQ Ashley Robinson (Ber) Mixed team espoirs Laval
DNF Helena Coney (Can) Mixed team espoirs Laval
DNS Michelle Beltran (USA) Colavita/Cooking Light
DNS Amanda Shaw (Can) Biovail
GC
1. Christine Thorburn (USA) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team1:16:01
2. Geneviève Jeanson (Can) ACDA-Ronaat 0:01
3. Oenone Wood (Aus) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:05
4. Grace Fleury (USA) Quark0:07
5. Annette Beutler (Sui) Quark0:09
6. Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team0:10
7. Judith Arndt (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:13
8. Lyne Bessette (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
9. Helen Kelly (Aus) Quark
10. Melissa Holt (NZl) Team S.A.T.Sall s.t.
11. Sima Trapp (USA) Subway0:14
12. Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Colavita/Cooking Lights.t.
13. Geneviève Gagnon (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau0:15
14. Susan Weldon (USA) Subway0:16
15. Audrey Lemieux (Can) Quark
16. Lynn Gaggioli (USA) Biovailboth s.t.
17. Kathy St-Laurent (Can) Équipe du Québec0:17
18. Betina Hold (Can) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Teams.t.
19. Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Col) Colombian National Team0:18
20. Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Team S.A.T.Ss.t.
21. Ana Paola Madrinan Villegas (Col) Colombian National Team0:21
22. Daniella Fusar Poli (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas0:22
23. Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeass.t.
24. Rachel Heal (GBr) Team S.A.T.S0:23
25. Jennifer Stephenson (Can) Biovails.t.
26. Olivia Gollan (Aus) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:24
27. Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeass.t.
28. Lisa Sweeney (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau0:25
29. Madeleine Lindberg (Swe) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
30. Melissa Sanborn (USA) Subwayboth s.t.
31. Élisa Gagnon (Can) Équipe du Québec0:26
32. Tara Ross (Can) Diet Cheerwine
33. Anke Wichmann (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherungboth s.t.
34. Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta0:27
35. Julie Bélanger (Can) Diet Cheerwines.t.
36. Jenny Trew (Can) Canadian National Team0:28
37. Gessica Turato (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta
38. Trine Hansen (Den) Team S.A.T.S
39. Joelle Numainville (Can) Mixed team espoirs Laval
40. Heather Lamson (Can) Diet Cheerwine
41. Millerlandy Escobar (Col) Colombian National Teamall s.t.
42. Julie Hutsebault (Can) Équipe du Québec0:29
43. Joanie Caron (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
44. Miyoko Karami (Jpn) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhatta
45. Nicole Wangsgard (USA) Subway
46. Magan Long (USA) ACDA-Ronaall s.t.
47. Sigrid Corneo (Ita) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas0:30
48. Patricia Schwager (Sui) Quark0:31
49. Monica Lorena Mendes Ortiz (Col) Colombian National Teams.t.
50. Jennifer Chapman (USA) Velo Bella0:32
51. Gabriella Gonzalez-Ferrat (Mex) Velo Bella0:34
52. Melodie Metzger (USA) Velo Bellas.t.
53. Marie-Pierre Bédard (Can) Canadian National Team0:35
54. Alessandra Grassi (Ita) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattas.t.
55. Olga Slyusareva (Rus) Nobili Rubinetterie-Menikini Cogeas0:36
56. Stéphanie Bourbeau (Can) Équipe du Québecs.t.
57. Jacqueline Mourao (Bra) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau0:37
58. Julia Farell (Can) Diet Cheerwine
59. Regina Schleicher (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherungboth s.t.
60. Kirsten Robbin (Can) Canadian National Team0:40
61. Kim Anderson (USA) Colavita/Cooking Light0:42
62. Naomi Cermack (Can) Colavita/Cooking Light0:43
63. Suzanne Macht (Can) Canadian National Team0:45
64. Marielle Aunave (Fra) Mixed team espoirs Laval0:47
65. Cathrine Walberg (USA) ACDA-Rona0:52
66. Stefanie Graeter (USA) Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team0:55
67. Hiroko Shimada (Jpn) Velo Bella0:59
68. Rosanne Kent (USA) Quark1:02
69. Caroline Montminy (Can) Équipe du Québec1:30
70. Kelly Benjamin (USA) ACDA-Rona1:55
71. Barbara Howe (USA) Velo Bella 2.38
72. Anna Tratnyek (Can) Canadian National Team 2.58
73. Kylie Case (Can) Canadian National Team 10.25all s.t.
Team GC
1. Webcor Builders Women's Cycling Team 3:48:32
2. Quarkat 0:02
3. Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung0:24
4. Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau0:25
5. Team S.A.T.S0:27
6. Subway0:28
7. Federacion Colombiana de Ciclismo0:39
8. Équipe du Québec0:45
9. Nobili Rubinetterie - Menikini Cogeas0:47
10. Diet Cheerwine0:54
11. ACDA -Rona0:55
12. Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan0:58
13. Colavita/Cooking Light1:11
14. Velo Bella1:13
15. Équipe Nationale du Canada1:16

 


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