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June 17/01 9:03 am - Vars DH Semi's, Bessette Extends HP Lead, Birthday

Posted by Editor on 06/17/01

World Cup Downhill - Vars, France
Courtesy Warwick Patterson

Morning Semi-Finals

1. Nico Vouilloz
2. Fabien Barel
3. Mickael Pascal

1. Anne-Caro Chausson
2. Missy Giove
3. Tracy Moseley

HP Women's Challenge

Stage 5 - Elkhorn Village Circuit Race 46 km

1Chantal BeltmanNetherlandsDutch National1:18:24
2Lyne BessetteCanadaSaturnat 0:08
3Rasa PolikeviciuteLithuaniaAcca Due O Hewlett - Packards.t.
4Andrea RatkovicThe United States800.com1:23
5Petra RossnerGermanySaturn1:28
6Alison DunlapThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products
7Jolanta PolikeviciuteLithuaniaAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard
8Jeannie LongoFranceOffice Depot
9Katia LonghinItalyAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard
10Roz Reekie-MayNew ZealandBoise Cascade Office Products
11Caroline AlexanderGreat BritainIntersports
12Dotsie CowdenThe United StatesEarthlink
13Sarah KonradThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products
14Ceris GilfillanGreat BritainBritish National
15Sandrine MarcuzFranceCanadian/French Composite
16Kimberly BrucknerThe United StatesSaturn
17Ghita BeltmanNetherlandsDutch National
18Trixi WorrackGermanyGerman National
19Judith ArndtGermanyGerman National
20Muffy RoyThe United StatesVoler
21Katrina BergerThe United
22Julie YoungThe United
23Sandy EspesethCanadaIntersports
25Anna MillwardAustraliaSaturn
26Vera HohlfeldGermanyAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard
27Susy PrydeNew
28Amber NebenThe United StatesEarthlink
29Pam SchusterThe United
30Joan WilsonThe United StatesOffice Depot
31Kimberly SmithThe United
32Cybil DiGuistiniCanadaCanadian/French Composite
33Rachel HealGreat BritainContender Bicycles
34Lysle WilhelmiThe United
35Pia SundstedtFinlandIntersports
36Alison SydorCanadaCanadian/French Composite
37Meshy HoltNew ZealandBoise Cascade Office Products
39Tina LiebigGermanyGerman National
40Anne SamploniusCanadaIntersports
41Sarah UlmerNew ZealandAutoTrader.comall s.t.
42Emma DaviesGreat BritainBritish National1:51
43Jen DialThe United StatesOffice Depots.t.
44Pam WolkoffThe United StatesEarthlink1:57
45Ina-Yoko TeutenbergGermanySaturn2:20
46Alison BergesonThe United StatesContender Bicycles4:03
47Suzanne ThomasGreat BritainContender Bicycles4:34
48Stacey PetersThe United States800.com4:37
49Kristy ScrymgeourAustraliaSaturn4:46
50Becky BjorkThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place4:55
51Brooke BlackwelderThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place
52Angela BrodtkaGermanyGerman National
53Gail LongeneckerThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products
54Laura ShufordThe United StatesTREK
55Jessica PhillipsThe United StatesOffice Depot
56Jennifer StevensThe United StatesEarthlink
57Katrina DavisThe United StatesTREK
58Brenda BlackThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO
59Emily WestbrookThe United StatesContender Bicycles
60Mirella van MelisNetherlandsDutch National
61Charmain BreonThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO
62Melanie SearsGreat BritainBritish National
63Marielle van ScheppingenNetherlandsDutch National
64Letizia GiardinelliItalyAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard
65Krystyna KrasThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGOall s.t.
66Elizabeth EmeryThe United StatesIntersports6:36
67Catherine MarsalFranceIntersportss.t.
68Emily ThorneThe United StatesTREK7:02
69Naomi WilliamsAustraliaOffice Depot
70Jaqueline BrabenetzGermanyGerman National
71Cathy MoncassinFranceCanadian/French Composite
72Angela HillengaNetherlandsDutch National
73Mary Ann FleckensteinThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Placeall s.t.
74Nicole FreedmanThe United StatesVoler7:22
75Ann Marie MillerThe United StatesVoler7:28
76Mary McLaurinThe United StatesContender Bicycles
77Andrea FosterThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place
78Amy WilliamsThe United StatesContender Bicycles
79Catherine CardwellThe United
80Helen KellyAustraliaOffice Depot
81Tina Skelley-KunstbeckThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO
82Liza RachettoThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place
83Sima TrappThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place
84Sue CarterGreat BritainBritish National
85Sara SymingtonGreat BritainBritish Nationalall s.t.
86Theresa KornThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO11:42
87Troy WatsonThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGOs.t.
88Kate Farrell GrayThe United StatesTREK12:23
DNFJeanne McFallThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products
1Lyne BessetteCanadaSaturn9:06:03
2Jeannie LongoFranceOffice Depotat 1:39
3Rasa PolikeviciuteLithuaniaAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard2:15
4Judith ArndtGermanyGerman National3:10
5Kimberly BrucknerThe United StatesSaturn3:16
6Chantal BeltmanNetherlandsDutch National3:35
7Katrina BergerThe United StatesAutoTrader.com4:51
8Anna MillwardAustraliaSaturn4:55
9Petra RossnerGermanySaturn4:59
10Sarah UlmerNew ZealandAutoTrader.com5:03
11Sandy EspesethCanadaIntersports5:19
12Jolanta PolikeviciuteLithuaniaAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard5:22
13Ceris GilfillanGreat BritainBritish National5:23
14Caroline AlexanderGreat BritainIntersports5:28
15Pia SundstedtFinlandIntersports5:31
16Vera HohlfeldGermanyAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard5:39
17Roz Reekie-MayNew ZealandBoise Cascade Office Products5:48
18Rachel HealGreat BritainContender Bicycles5:54
19Katia LonghinItalyAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard6:47
20Susy PrydeNew ZealandAutoTrader.com8:18
21Suzanne ThomasGreat BritainContender Bicycles8:42
22Jessica PhillipsThe United StatesOffice Depot9:09
23Emma DaviesGreat BritainBritish National10:45
24Alison DunlapThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products12:52
25Joan WilsonThe United StatesOffice Depot12:53
26Amber NebenThe United StatesEarthlink13:17
27Trixi WorrackGermanyGerman National13:19
28Kimberly SmithThe United StatesAutoTrader.com13:43
29Leah GoldsteinCanada800.com13:52
30Dotsie CowdenThe United StatesEarthlink14:07
31Julie YoungThe United StatesAutoTrader.com14:09
32Lysle WilhelmiThe United States800.com14:12
33Sarah KonradThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products14:17
34Alison SydorCanadaCanadian/French Composite14:21
35Cybil DiGuistiniCanadaCanadian/French Composite14:28
36Nicole DemarsCanada800.com14:30
37Sandrine MarcuzFranceCanadian/French Composite14:42
38Tina LiebigGermanyGerman National14:42
39Sara SymingtonGreat BritainBritish National15:04
40Andrea RatkovicThe United States800.com16:53
41Melanie SearsGreat BritainBritish National16:54
42Elizabeth EmeryThe United StatesIntersports19:43
43Ina-Yoko TeutenbergGermanySaturn19:51
44Kristy ScrymgeourAustraliaSaturn20:03
45Anne SamploniusCanadaIntersports20:05
46Meshy HoltNew ZealandBoise Cascade Office Products20:37
47Brooke BlackwelderThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place20:54
48Muffy RoyThe United StatesVoler21:19
49Jen DialThe United StatesOffice Depot21:30
50Brenda BlackThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO23:19
51Pam SchusterThe United StatesAutoTrader.com23:49
52Becky BjorkThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place23:51
53Pam WolkoffThe United StatesEarthlink24:41
54Stacey PetersThe United States800.com25:01
55Ghita BeltmanNetherlandsDutch National25:12
56Catherine MarsalFranceIntersports26:43
57Catherine CardwellThe United States800.com26:52
58Alison BergesonThe United StatesContender Bicycles29:17
59Laura ShufordThe United StatesTREK30:06
60Krystyna KrasThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO30:12
61Letizia GiardinelliItalyAcca Due O Hewlett - Packard31:02
62Emily ThorneThe United StatesTREK32:10
63Gail LongeneckerThe United StatesBoise Cascade Office Products32:13
64Charmain BreonThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO34:26
65Marielle van ScheppingenNetherlandsDutch National34:37
66Katrina DavisThe United StatesTREK35:09
67Mary Ann FleckensteinThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place36:04
68Naomi WilliamsAustraliaOffice Depot37:26
69Andrea FosterThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place37:34
70Sima TrappThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place37:44
71Liza RachettoThe United StatesGoldy's/Grove Street Place37:46
72Helen KellyAustraliaOffice Depot38:20
73Jaqueline BrabenetzGermanyGerman National41:06
74Sue CarterGreat BritainBritish National41:44
75Angela HillengaNetherlandsDutch National44:53
76Mary McLaurinThe United StatesContender Bicycles45:00
77Nicole FreedmanThe United StatesVoler45:34
78Jennifer StevensThe United StatesEarthlink47:04
79Tina Skelley-KunstbeckThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO48:01
80Angela BrodtkaGermanyGerman National48:50
81Ann Marie MillerThe United StatesVoler51:09
82Cathy MoncassinFranceCanadian/French Composite52:26
83Amy WilliamsThe United StatesContender Bicycles56:48
84Emily WestbrookThe United StatesContender Bicycles1:02:59
85Mirella van MelisNetherlandsDutch National1:07:44
86Theresa KornThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO1:09:27
87Kate Farrell GrayThe United StatesTREK1:12:20
88Troy WatsonThe United StatesWebcor-AV/TALGO1:25:40

Report courtesy HP organizers.

Boise, Idaho - In a three-woman break for the last four of 18 laps, Chantal Beltman of the Dutch National Team raced ahead of Saturn's Lyne Bessette to grab the first place spot in the 28.8-mile Stage Five circuit race in the 18th Annual HP Women's Challenge finishing is one hour, 18 minutes and 24 seconds. Bessette came in second finishing eight seconds behind Beltman and Rasa Polikeviciute of the Acca Due O HP Team made an impressive third place finish after taking a spill in the first lap.

After catching French cycling legend Jeannie Longo from the Office Depot Team napping in the back of the pack, Bessette launched a wicked attack in the 14th lap and took Beltman and Polikeviciute with her. Bessette drove the break to the finish but Beltman was able to sprint past her to claim the winning spot. Bessette wasn't the only one to initiate an unexpected attack as Saturn teammate Ina-Yoko Teutenberg worked to create a one-minute gap to take away time bonus points away from Longo to help Bessette by attacking Longo in Lap 6.

Bessette remains the overall race leader and has widened the gap between her and Longo who is in second place overall by one minute, 39 seconds. Longo could still reclaim her leadership position though as she is known to excel in Stage Seven's 3,500 foot climb to Pomerelle Ski Area.

Stage Five is considered to be one of the most difficult stages in the entire 13-stage race and one of the most popular among spectators. Starting at an elevation of 6,320 feet with thousands of enthusiastic fans watching, the racers must complete 18 laps - each 1.6 miles long with a difficult 140-foot climb at the end of each lap. The total distance of the course is 28.8 miles long and has four Mountain Sprints and two Time Bonus Sprints. The course record was set by Diana Zilute in 2000, with a finishing time of one hour, 17 minutes and eight seconds.

Happy Birthday To...

Trackie Jim Fisher, today.


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