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August 27/11 12:31 pm - GP de Plouay - Bretagne Women's World Cup, Willock 5th

Posted by Editoress on 08/27/11

Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) cemented her position at the top of the World Cup table with a win in fine style at the final round in Plouay, France. On a warm day, with a strong wind which blew across the riders' faces on the long climb, it was always going to be a hard race.



Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland Bloeit) wins


Twice winner in Plouay (2009, 2010), Emma Pooley (Garmin-Cervelo) opened the aggressions with an attack which caused a break on the fourth of six laps of a 19.1 kilometre circuit. With her went World Cup leader, Annemiek van Vleuten (Nederland -Bloeit), Evelyn Stevens (HTC HighRoad), Chantal Blaak (AA Drink) and Erinne Willock (Tibco). The quartet quickly gained a gap of over one minute 40 seconds. Behind, the peloton was slowly diminished until the main chase group was just eleven riders, with the large peloton three minutes in arrears.



Erinne Willock at the front of the break


On the fifth lap, Pooley attacked again and managed to get away solo. She built a lead of around a minute. At the same time that she attacked the leaders, Marianne Vos (Nederland Bloeit) accelerated fiercely from the chase group and began to bridge across the gap of over one minute to the front of the race. She took less than ten kilometres to get to the group behind Pooley and when she did, she kept going. The group went with her, which meant that Pooley's advantage began to fall. For the closing kilometres, the Briton hung on at 15 seconds, but Vos persisted and Pooley was caught with three kilometres to go. Van Vleuten was attentive for a counterattack, which she was anticipating. Sure enough, Evelyn Stevens accelerated, but got nowhere alone, van Vleuten went with her and the pair entered the final kilometre together.

Annemiek van Vleuten had the strongest legs and she managed to open a gap on the American in the finishing straight. The Dutchwoman celebrated yet another World Cup win in 2011 and became World Cup Champion for the first time with 362 points. Vos was second on 315 points and Emma Johansson (Hitec Products) third with 223 points after finishing in the peloton.

Van Vleuten was naturally pleased with her win. She admitted that it had not been the plan that she would win the final round, but gave nothing away: “No, it was not the plan that I would win today, that's a secret, what our plan was, but no, not today….”, she was clearly relieved that Vos had crossed the gap on the penultimate lap though, “I was thinking 'ah, I'm alone', so when she came, it was fun to be together and we could 'play' together, she did a great job today“ van Vleuten smiled, “She (Vos) was strong chasing Pooley and then I was expecting an attack in the final kilometres and (Evelyn) Stevens attacked and I was on her wheel and I felt good. I was just going to enjoy the day, but I got 75 points too.”

Van Vleuten admitted that she had not yet thought about being World Cup Champion, “I thought about it a bit after Sweden, that it was possible, but I have been focussed this year on wins in the World Cup, so it worked out well for me and Marianne with so many wins between us this year.”

The day was rounded off nicely for Nederland Bloeit, the team also won the World Cup classification for teams.

Report by CJ Farquharson


114.6 km
1 Annemiek Van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 3:12:28
2 Evelyn Stevens (USA) HTC-Highroad Women at 0:03
3 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 0:46
4 Chantal Blaak (Ned) AA Drink - s.t
5 Erinne Willock (Can) TIBCO - To The Top 0:49
6 Emma Pooley (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo 1:06
7 Judith Arndt (Ger) HTC-Highroad Women 5:45
8 Joelle Numainville (Can) TIBCO - To The Top
9 Rasa Leleivyte (Ltu) Vaiano Solaristech
10 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products UCK
11 Ashleigh Moolman (RSA) Lotto Honda Team
12 Claudia Häusler (Ger) Diadora - Pasta Zara
13 Lucinda Brand (Ned) AA Drink -
14 Grace Verbeke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
15 Tatiana Antoshina (Rus) GAUSS
16 Flavia Oliveira (Bra) Vaiano Solaristech
17 Trixi Worrack (Ger) AA Drink -
18 Megan Guarnier (USA) TIBCO - To The Top
19 Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo all s.t.
20 Tetyana Riabchienko (Ukr) Colavita Forno D'asolo 6:12
21 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Dutch National Team 6:24
22 Shelley Olds (USA) Diadora - Pasta Zara 9:35
23 Christine Majerus (Lux) Gsd Gestion
24 Kirsten Wild (Ned) AA Drink -
25 Julie Krasniak (Fra) French National Team
26 Martine Bras (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
27 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Fra) GAUSS
28 Audrey Cordon (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
29 Lise Nöstvold (Nor) Hitec Products UCK
30 Sofie De Vuyst (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
31 Loes Gunnewijk (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
32 Alexandra Burchenkova (Rus) Russian National Team
33 Magdalena De Saint Jean (Fra) French National Team
34 Aude Biannic (Fra) French National Team
35 Maaike Polspoel (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
36 Robyn De Groot (RSA) Lotto Honda Team
37 Mascha Pijnenborg (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
38 Julia Martisova (Rus) GAUSS
39 Régina Bruins (Ned) Dutch National Team
40 Polona Batageli (Slo) Bizkaia - Durango
41 Joanna Van De Winkel (RSA) Lotto Honda Team
42 Anna Potokina (Rus) Russian National Team
43 Amélie Rivat (Fra) French National Team
44 Marion Rousse (Fra) Vienne Futuroscope
45 Mélodie Leseur (Fra) French National Team
46 Liesbet De Vocht (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
47 Petra Dijkman (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
48 Sylwia Kapusta (Pol) GAUSS
49 Rossella Callovi (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana
50 Belen Lopez Morales (Esp) Spanish National Team
51 Eneritz Iturriaga Etxebarria (Esp) Spanish National Team
52 Ludivine Henrion (Bel) Lotto Honda Team
53 Anna Sanchis Chafer (Esp) Bizkaia - Durango
54 Sharon Laws (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
55 Monia Baccaille (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana
56 Giada Borgato (Ita) Colavita Forno D'asolo
57 Irene Van Den Broek (Ned) AA Drink -
58 Charlotte Becker (Ger) HTC-Highroad Women
59 Olga Zabelinskaya (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara
60 Anne Van Der Breggen (Ned) Dutch National Team
61 Valentina Scandolara (Ita) GAUSS
62 Iris Slappendel (Ned) Garmin - Cervelo
63 Karol-Ann Canuel (Can) Vienne Futuroscope
64 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Diadora - Pasta Zara
65 Jennifer Hohl (Sui) SC Mcipollini Giordana
66 Elena Berlato (Ita) Top Girls Fassa Bortolo
67 Marijn De Vries (Ned) AA Drink -
68 Susanna Zorzi (Ita) GAUSS
69 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Colavita Forno D'asolo
70 Nicole Cooke (GBr) SC Mcipollini Giordana
71 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
72 Amber Neben (USA) HTC-Highroad Women
73 Fabiana Luperini (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana
74 Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) SC Mcipollini Giordana all s.t.
OTL Marieke Van Wanroij (Ned) Nederland Bloeit 14:40
OTL Annelies Van Doorslaer (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen 2012 - Ridley Team
OTL Irene San Sebastian (Esp) Spanish National Team
OTL Svetlana Pauliukaite (Ltu) Colavita Forno D'asolo
OTL Lucy Martin (GBr) Garmin - Cervelo
OTL Marina Likhanova (Rus) Russina National Team
OTL Oxana Kozonchuk (Rus) Diadora - Pasta Zara
OTL Janneke Kanis (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
OTL Siobhan Horgan (Irl) Team Gsd Gestion
OTL Elodie Hegoburu (Fra) French National Team
OTL Sarah Düster (Ned) Nederland Bloeit
OTL Alessandra D'ettorre (Ita) Colavita Forno D'asolo
OTL Tiffany Cromwell (Aus) Hitec Products UCK
OTL Mélanie Bravard (Fra) Team Gsd Gestion all s.t.
OTL Roxane Knetemann (Ned) Dutch National Team 15:52
OTL Janneke Ensing (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team 24:58
OTL Laure Werner (Nor) Hitec Products UCK 25:01
OTL Fröydis Waerstad (Nor) Hitec Products UCK
OTL Serena Sheridan (NZl) TIBCO/To The Top
OTL Emilie Moberg (Nor) Hitec Products UCK
OTL Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) Dolmans Landscaping Team
OTL Yulia Iliynykh (Rus) Russina National Team
OTL Lisa Brennauer (Nor) Hitec Products UCK all s.t.
OTL Lotte. Van Hoek (Ned) Dutch National Team 29:37
DNF Noemi Cantele
DNF Winanda Spoor
DNF Eugenie Mermillod
DNF Fabienne Schaus
DNF Charlotte Bravard
DNF Jenifère Letue
DNF Marion Azam
DNF Emmanuelle Merlot
DNF Cristina Alcalde Huertanos
DNF Ruth Corset
DNF Davina Summers
DNF Barbara Guarischi
DNF Béatrice Thomas
DNF Joanne Duval
DNF Margot Ortega
DNF Roxane Fournier
DNF Lieselot Decroix
DNF Ine Beyen
DNF Eleonora Patuzzo
DNF Ally Stacher
DNF Amanda Miller
DNF Airzhan Zhaparova
DNF Elena Utrobina
DNF Katarzyna Sosna
DNF Valentina Bastianelli
DNF Chiara Vanni
DNF Eleonora Spaliviero
DNF Leire Olaberria
DNF Dorleta Eskamendi
DNF Ane Santesteban
DNF Emma Mackie
DNF Giulia Ronchi
DNF Jennifer Fiori
DNF Gloria Presti
DNF Silvia Valsecchi


Final Standings

1 Annemiek van Vleuten (Ned) Nederland Bloeit, 362

2 Marianne Vos (Ned) Nederland Bloeit, 315

3 Emma Johansson (Swe) Hitec Products UCK, 223


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