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April 3/11 9:51 am - Tour des Flandres Women's World Cup, Numainville 6th

Posted by Editoress on 04/3/11

Full  results from today's women's World Cup in Belgium won by Annemiek Van Vleuten ( Nederland Bloeit).  Joelle Numainville (Tibco) finished 6th at 10 seconds back.


Joelle Numainville takes 6th place in Ronde Van Vlaaderen (Tour of Flanders).

De Ronde Van Vlaaderen het is elk ajar een buitengewone dag. (The Tour of Flanders is always a special day.)

The Tour of Flanders is two simultaneous cycling events on the same course. For the men, the race was seeing its 95th edition. The men's event began in Brugge and features the top classics riders in the world. The women's race is no different in that respect. This year's race was the 8th edition for the women, who start a little further down the road and race 130 km (82-miles) of the same course. Both men and women finish on the same wide straightaway into the town of Ninove.

Riders were greeted by good weather today: overcast and cold for most of the day, but no wind or rain. The sun finally broke through the cloud cover late in the race. Team soigneur Arenda said a windy Tour of Flanders is an advantage for European riders over Americans (and Italians), because Europeans have more experience in colder weather.

For 2011, race organizers added more climbs and cobbles to the course, including the infamous "Oude-Kwaremont" (in Dutch means "old dirty bastard"),  a 2 km climb up a narrow cobblestone road, coming 48 km into the race. Hitting climbs like this near the front of the group is essential to staying in the race. And Team Directeur sportif Angela van Smoorenburg noted that she was very pleased with the way the entire team performed. "They did nothing wrong the first 50 km of the race," she said. "When we cam to the hills, they were very well organized and always near the front.

But Flanders has a way of affecting the outcome of a race like no other course. With narrow roads and cobbles, crashes are inevitable. And good luck is essential to being there at the finish of the race. Unfortunately, for the second consecutive week, Megan Guarnier of Team TIBCO experienced such luck while looking very strong, sitting top five at the front of the race. "Another rider went down in front of her and Megan had nowhere to go," van Smoorenburg said. While Guarnier again escaped without serious injury, her Specialized Amira was less fortunate and she was unable to continue on. Later on in the race, Emma Mackie also went down hard in a similar situation while near the front of the race, but she was able to get her bike squared away and finish up the race strong. However, at that point the front group was already up the road. But Team TIBCO was still in a good position, with Joelle Numainville in that front group.

"Joelle rode extremely well for her first time riding Flanders," van Smoorenburg said. "On all the hills she was in the middle to front of the group. She was holding her own among the top riders in the world."

That included on the vaunted Muur, (meaning "wall" in Dutch), a 500-meter long hill so steep, even pro's sometimes have to walk their bikes up it. The Muur comes in the final 10-miles of the race and is often decisive. But the race had already started to break apart at the mid-way point following the Eikenberg climb.

Numainville was part of a 12-rider front group that was still together just 2 km from the finish. At that point, Russian champion Tatiana Antoshina (Gauss)countered the catch of another rider and opened a gap with Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit). The two riders opened a gap of 0:10 in the final kilometer and help on, with van Vleuten taking the two-up sprint for the win.Ten seconds later, her teammate Marianne Vos won the small bunch sprint for 3rd, with Numainville taking 6th on the day.
"This is a very special race," van Smoorenburg added. "There are a lot of people on the side of the road. It's a very hard race. I'm very happy with how everyone rode today. Even Kendall Ryan, given her youth, was in good position today. This was my first race directing the team and I'm pleased with the outcome. I'm looking forward to the upcoming races."

Veteran Team TIBCO rider Joanne Kiesanowski added, "It was great to see how we all rode in good position in the front of the peloton. Joelle had a very gutsy ride to finish 6th. I think this was the toughest course on paper here so far, with seven cobbled climbs and numerous longer sections of cobbles. It bodes well for the upcoming Dutch races! "

TIBCO Women's Pro Cycling report

Oudenaarde to Meerbeke, 129.9 km
1 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 3:36:03
2 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) Gauss at 0:01
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:10
4 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC Highroad Women
6 Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO/To The Top
7 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
8 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
9 Noemi Cantele (Ita) Garmin - Cervelo
10 Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
11 Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara
12 Sarah Düster (Ger) Nederland Bloeit all s.t.
13 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) HTC Highroad Women 1:10
14 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
15 Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara
16 Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
17 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team
18 Christine Majerus (Lux) Team GSD Gestion
19 Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
20 Ruth Corset (Aus) Australien
21 Adrie Visser (Ned) HTC Highroad Women
22 Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink - Cycling Team
23 Lieselot Decroix (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team all s.t.
24 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team 1:22
25 Sjoukje Dufoer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team 3:50
26 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
27 Malgorzta Jasinska (Pol) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
28 Marie Lindberg (Swe) Abus Nutrixxion
29 Julia Martisova (Rus) Gauss
30 Madeleine Olsson (Sue) Alriksson Go:Green
31 Shara Gillow (Aus) Australien all s.t.
32 Andrea Bosman (Ned) Niederlande 4:00
33 Emilia Fahlin (Swe) HTC Highroad Women
34 Isabelle Söderberg (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green
35 Nathalie Lamborelle (Lux) Abus Nutrixxion
36 Laure Werner (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
cb>37 Leah Kirchmann (Can) Team Canada
38 Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
39 Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
40 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech
41 Laura Van Der Kamp (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
42 Roxane Kneteman (Ned) Niederlande
43 Emma Mackie (Aus) TIBCO/To The Top
44 Davina Summers (Aus) Bizkaia-Durango
45 Sara Mustonen (Swe) Hitec Products - UCK
46 Ine Beyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
47 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK
48 Sophie Creux (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
49 Trine Schmidt (Den) Garmin - Cervelo
50 Alison Testroete (Can) Team Canada
51 Catherine Delfosse (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
52 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
53 Ana Bianca Schnitzmeier (Ger) Abus Nutrixxion
54 Marit Huisman (Ned) Niederlande
55 Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team
56 Alessandra Borchi (Ita) Gauss
57 Annelies Visser (Ned) Niederlande
58 Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
59 Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
60 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
61 Alexis Rhodes (Aus) Garmin - Cervelo
62 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) TIBCO/To The Top
63 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) Gauss
64 Maria Grandt Petersen (Den) Abus Nutrixxion
65 Serena Sheridan (NZl) TIBCO/To The Top
66 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope
67 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
68 Alona Andruk (Ukr) Diadora - Pasta Zara
69 Amber Pierce (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara
70 Bianca Purath (Ger) Kuota Speed Kueens
71 Leah Guloien (Can) Team Canada
72 Lauren Kitchen (Aus) Australien
73 Bridie O'donnell (Aus) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
74 Edwige Pitel (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
75 Verónica Leal Balderas (Mex) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
76 Marta Bastianelli (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
77 Alexandra Carle (Aus) Australien
78 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox
79 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo
80 Luisa Tamanini (Ita) Gauss
81 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
82 Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC Highroad Women
83 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team all s.t.
84 Daniela Pintarelli (AUT) Kuota Speed Kueens 6:20
85 Kendall Ryan (USA) TIBCO/To The Top
86 Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo
87 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Diadora - Pasta Zara all s.t.
88 Marie Voreland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK 8:41
OTL Eleonora Van Dijk (Ned) HTC Highroad Women 11:12
OTL Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink - Cycling Team 11:49
OTL Polona Batagelj (Slo) Bizkaia-Durango
OTL Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) Gauss
OTL Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team all s.t.
OTL Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Colavita Forno d'Asolo 12:59
OTL Magrieth Kloppenburg (Den) Dänemark s.t.
OTL Alie Gercama (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team 13:10
OTL Nina Kessler (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
OTL Gabriela Slamova (Cze) Vienne Futuroscope both s.t.
OTL Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno d'Asolo 17:12
OTL Oksana Kashchishina (Ukr) S.C. Michela Fanini Rox 17:25
OTL Gloria Presti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo 17:41
OTL Jennifer Hohl (Sui) SC MCipollini Giordana
OTL Lotte Van Hoek (Ned) Niederlande
OTL Eleonora Patuzzo (Ita) Diadora - Pasta Zara
OTL Yulia Blindyuk (Rus) SC MCipollini Giordana
OTL Simona Frapporti (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
OTL Lisa Pleyer (AUT) Kuota Speed Kueens
OTL Fabienne Schauss (Lux) Team GSD Gestion
OTL Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC MCipollini Giordana
OTL Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
OTL Julie Leth (Den) Dänemark
OTL Chiara Nadalutti (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
OTL Tina Nielsen (Den) Dänemark
OTL Chiara Bortolus (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team
OTL Francesca Tognali (Ita) Kleo Ladies Team all s.t.
OTL Michelle Lauge (Den) Dänemark 20:06
OTL Amanda Spratt (Aus) Australien 20:20
OTL Tone Hatteland (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK 20:42
OTL Cecilie Johansen (Nor) Hitec Products - UCK
OTL Winanda Spoor (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
OTL Jessica Kihlbom (Swe) Alriksson Go:Green all s.t.
OTL Henriette Frederiksen (Den) Dänemark 22:44


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