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April 10/10 16:55 pm - Women's World Cup #3, Ronde van Drenthe

Posted by Editoress on 04/10/10

World Cup#3, Ronde van Drenthe in Holland


Photos by CJ Farquharson


Brooke Miller of Team TIBCO/To the Top put in another strong performance today in the Ronde van Drenthe World Cup, finishing 6th out of a lead group of 13 that began to take shape just past the half-way point of the 135km race.

The course featured three cobbled sections, all over 2 km long, as well as three trips over the Vamberg, a 380-meter climb with pitches reaching over 20%.

Heading into the first cobbled section, we had planned to all be up front, drive it over the cobbles and then attack when we got out of them,” Miller said. “We figured that the race would break into a front group of around 30 or so, and we wanted to initiate it.

“I was up front, and Jo (Kiesanowski) and Devon (Haskell) were in pretty good position about 20 riders back,” Miller continued.

However, the first bit of misfortune struck a little over a half a kilometer from the cobbles when someone went down right in front of Haskell, which forced her off the road and into a tree. While she wasn’t seriously injured, her race was over at that point. Kiesanowski and Ruth Corset both got caught up behind the crash, however, Emma Mackie was still with Miller heading into the first section of cobbles.

Emma Mackie“I hit the cobbles 4th wheel behind (World Cup leader Marianne) Vos (Nederland Bloeit) and a Cervelo rider,” Miller said, “but my legs were crap and I was going backward. Mackie yelled at me to keep riding and so I hung on.”

When Miller and Mackie exited the cobbles, they were part of a group of about 35 riders with all the main teams represented, and a gap of 0:30 on the main field. When they hit the second section of cobbles, Miller was still in good position near the front, with the pace super-fast.

“Then a girl in front of me hit the deck and I was forced off the road, but kept it upright,” Miller explained. “That gapped off Mackie and a few other riders. By the time I got up to the front riders, they had backed of the pace on the cobbles, and so I was fine. No one drove it on the last cobbled section, so it was just a nice, bumpy ride.”

This left a group of about 25 out front, with all the main teams still well-represented. With nearly full squads in the group, Cervelo and HTC-Columbia started attacking.

“I went with the first move and then realized that with no teammates, i was better off just being patient and sitting back with Vos, Ina (Teutenberg, HTC-Columbia), (Nicole) Cooke (British National Team), (Emma) Johannsen (Red Sun) and the other top riders. But then a group attacked and it stuck.”

That group of seven riders included heavy hitters Giorgia Bronzini (Gauss RDZ) and Noemi Cantele (HTC-Columbia), as well as two riders from Cervelo. “So the rest of the bunch just let it go,” Miller said. “There was nothing to be done. But then it looked like the group I was in was going to get caught by the big pack behind. And I really didn’t like the idea of have a great race all day and then finishing with 50+ riders.”

So Miller put in an attack to try to bridge up to the front group, which my that time had nearly a two-minute gap on Miller’s group.

“I got nowhere,” Miller said, “but then a few riders countered and we started riding again. My attack was countered and I went with it, but then we all sat up again. I tried another go and finally, a Cervelo rider attacked and (Andrie) Visser (HTC-Columbia) jumped. One of Vos’ teammates covered it and it looked promising, so I hopped on. The rest let us go and we started hammering.”

After a huge effort, with the small group working together, they closed in on the front group. When they finally integrated, the numbers in the front group favored Cervelo with three riders, while HTC-Columbia and Nederland Bloeit both had two. Miller was solo, as was Bronzini.

The second time over the Vamberg, about 88 km into the race, the group stayed together. But on the final time up, with just over 12 km to go, the attacks started. Cervelo and HTC-Columbia took turns attacking, but each time the move was shut down. Then, with 1 km to go, Vos’ Nederland Bloeit teammate Loes Gunnewijk attacked and slipped off the front.

“The pack was chasing so many attacks, but the were all by Cervelo and Columbia,” Miller said. “So when a non-Cervelo or Columbia rider attacked, they let her get a nice gap.”

And just like that, it became a race for second place. Miller fought for position coming into the final turn, fighting to stay on Bronzini’s wheel.

“I told myself to be patient, to wait until 200m to go to start my sprint,” Miller said. “But I was about 325m out when I jumped. I can sometimes get away with jumping early in the States but not at a World Cup. I really think I should’ve been on the podium.

“It was a great day for the team, but also a frustrating one as we had more bad luck today,” Miller said. “But everyone raced really well. With each race we’re learning how to race smarter and be in good position. Today gave us a lot of confidence for the next couple races.”

Team TIBCO/To the Top press release


After 134.9 km
1 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 3:33:56
2 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit at 0:01
3 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
4 Charlott Becker (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
5 Chantal Blaak (Ned) Leontien.Nl
6 Brooke Miller (USA) TIBCO- To The Top
7 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Columbia Women
8 Carla Swart (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Teams
9 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team
10 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Cervelo Test Team all s.t.
11 Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Australian National Team 0:05
12 Sarah Düster (Ger) Cervelo Test Team s.t.
13 Noemi Cantele (Ita) HTC Columbia Women 0:07
14 Kirsten Wild (Ned) Cervelo Test Team 1:13
15 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
16 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team
17 Nicole Cooke (GBr) British National Team
18 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Columbia Women
19 Barbara Guarischi (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
20 Emma Johansson (Swe) Redsun Cycling Team
21 Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Columbia Women
22 Monique Van De Ree (Ned) Leontien.Nl
23 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
24 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Lotto Ladies Team
25 Giulia Lazzerini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
26 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
27 Regina Bruins (Ned) Cervelo Test Team
28 Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Dutch National Team
29 Sophie Creux (Fra) ESGL 93-GSD Gestion
30 Lucy Martin (GBr) British National Team
31 Monia Baccaille (Ita) Team Valdarno
32 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Team Hitec Products UCK
33 Lauren Tamayo (USA) US National Team
34 Irina Molicheva (Rus) Fenixs_Petrogadets
35 Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo -Ghezzi
36 Hannah Mayho (GBr) British National Team
37 Denise Ramsden (Can) Canadian National Team
38 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Leontien.Nl
39 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team
40 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Leontien.Nl
41 Kirsty Broun (Aus) Australian National Team
42 Karin Aune (Swe) Fenixs_Petrogadets
43 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Team Hitec Products UCK
44 Suzanne De Goede (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
45 Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO- To The Top
46 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO- To The Top
47 Inge Klep (Ned) Redsun Cycling Team
48 Corine Hierckens (Bel) Fenixs_Petrogadets
49 Kimberley Anderson (USA) HTC Columbia Women
50 Anne De Wildt (Ned) Leontien.Nl
51 Mirjam Melchers (Ned) Cervelo Test Team
52 Martine Bras (Ned) Gauss RDZ Ormu
53 Marta Vilajosana (Spa) Team Valdarno
54 Amy Pieters (Ned) Dutch National Team
55 Anne Arnouts (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team
56 Angela Hennig (Ger) Equipe Noris Cycling
57 Trixi Worrack (Ger) Equipe Noris Cycling
58 Alice Marmorini (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
59 Dorleta Zorilla Braceras (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
60 Katie Colclough (GBr) British National Team
61 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Australian National Team
62 Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Team Hitec Products UCK all s.t.
63 Sinead Miller (USA) US National Team 1:25
64 Josien Van Wingerden (Ned) Leontien.Nl
65 Anne Eversdijk (Ned) Dutch National Team both s.t.
66 Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZl) HTC Columbia Women 1:28
67 Andrea Dvorak (USA) US National Team
68 Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Team Valdarno both s.t.
69 Veronica Andreasson (Swe) Lotto Ladies Team 3:51
70 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Equipe Noris Cycling 6:03
DNF Latoya Brulee (Bel) Redsun Cycling Team
DNF Jennifer Hohl (Sui) Equipe Noris Cycling
DNF Marlen Jöhrend (Ger) Equipe Noris Cycling
DNF Giada Borgato (Ita) Gauss RDZ Ormu
DNF Elena Kuchinskaya (Rus) Gauss RDZ Ormu
DNF Urte Juodvakyte (Ltu) Fenixs_Petrogadets
DNF Monica Holler (Swe) Fenixs_Petrogadets
DNF Linn Torpe (Nor) Fenixs_Petrogadets
DNF Serena Mensa (Ita) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
DNF Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Record Rox
DNF Trine Schmidt (Den) MTN Energade Ladies Teams
DNF Marissa Van Der Merwe (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Teams
DNF Robyn De Groot (RSA) MTN Energade Ladies Teams
DNF Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO- To The Top
DNF Devon Haskell (USA) TIBCO- To The Top
DNF Tone Hatteland (Nor) Team Hitec Products UCK
DNF Jacqueline Hahn (Aut) Team Hitec Products UCK
DNF Kristine Saastad (Nor) Team Hitec Products UCK
DNF Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo -Ghezzi
DNF Valentina Carretta (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo -Ghezzi
DNF Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo -Ghezzi
DNF Silvia Valsecchi (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo -Ghezzi
DNF Roxane Fournier (Fra) ESGL 93-GSD Gestion
DNF Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) ESGL 93-GSD Gestion
DNF Ana Garcia Antequera (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
DNF Catalina Rayo Ramis (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
DNF Ariadna Tudel Cuberes (And) Bizkaia - Durango
DNF Rachel Neylan (Aus) Australian National Team
DNF Denise Zuckermandel (Ger) German National Team
DNF Jana Schemmer (Ger) German National Team
DNF Franziska Merten (Ger) German National Team
DNF Laura Dittmann (Ger) German National Team
DNF Martina Zwick (Ger) German National Team
DNF Amber Neben (USA) US National Team
DNF Alisha Welsh (USA) US National Team
DNF Heather Logan (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Joanie Caron (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Leah Kirchmann (Can) Canadian National Team
DNF Anna Van Der Breggen (Ned) Dutch National Team
DNF Elise Van Hage (Ned) Dutch National Team
DNF Jacobien Kanis (Ned) Dutch National Team


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