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Holland’s De Goede takes women’s junior road race

Dutch rider Suzanne De Goede sprinted her way to the gold medal in the women's junior road race on a cold Friday morning in Zolder while American Magen Long finished a strong fifth place. Long started the sprint early, but De Goede came around to win in dominant fashion in 1 hour, 59 minutes. German Claudia Stumpf took silver while Swede Monica Holder hung on for the bronze. Long was ecstatic with the solid finish, the best result so far by an American at the 2002 world cycling championships. Long almost didn't come to the world's because he mother is sick back home in the hospital, but

By Andrew Hood

Photo: Graham Watson

Dutch rider Suzanne De Goede sprinted her way to the gold medal in the women’s junior road race on a cold Friday morning in Zolder while American Magen Long finished a strong fifth place.

Long started the sprint early, but De Goede came around to win in dominant fashion in 1 hour, 59 minutes. German Claudia Stumpf took silver while Swede Monica Holder hung on for the bronze.

Long was ecstatic with the solid finish, the best result so far by an American at the 2002 world cycling championships. Long almost didn’t come to the world’s because he mother is sick back home in the hospital, but decided at the last minute to join the team in Zolder.

“I’m excited. It was a fun race compared to last year in Portugal when I got sick and I was scared to death I was going to crash,” said Long, after finishing what will be her last world’s as a junior. “I felt a lot more comfortable in the group today.”

Teammate Larssyn Staley came in with the main bunch for 20th.

“I’m satisfied with how things went. I’m just here to learn. This is my first world’s so I will be looking forward to Canada next year,” Staley said. “It was a good race. It was very fast and it just went by in a blur.”

The two young Americans rode a smart race, staying in the front the leaders and trying their luck in a couple of early moves. Both cleared the short climb at Sterrenwacht with about three kilometers to go which split the main bunch coming into the finish-line sprint.

Things were steady for the opening two laps for the 64 starters. Canada and Holland were active with early attacks to check the strength of the field while Americans Long and Staley were vigilant at the front of the group.

About three kilometers into the third lap, Holland’s Loes Markerink was the first escape the grip of the peloton. She attacked hard and opened a small gap for about two kilometers before she was brought back. Then, German, Dutch and French riders accelerated the bunch halfway through the third lap. After three laps, the race was still together but the accelerations put the average speed at 38.886 kph and it was starting to take its toll.

Going into the fourth lap, both Long and Staley were in good position near the front of the main bunch, saving their legs for the decisive second half of the race. With 32 km to go, rider after rider strung out the peloton. The Dutch were active attacking and counter-attacking, trying to break the hold of the peloton. Staley attacked halfway through the lap, but the move was quickly checked. Markerink attacked again then teammate Marjon Spijkerman countered. Each time, the German and French helped bring them back. Tatsiana Sharakova of Belarussia opened a small five-second gap at the end of lap four.

A crash with about 19 km remaining split the peloton about halfway thought the fifth lap. About a half-dozen riders toppled in the middle of the main bunch going into a right-hand turn as two riders clipped wheels. Long tried to pull away with two other riders going into the short climb at Sterrenwacht with three km remaining.Going into the bell lap, Sharakova peeled off the front but was brought back by the Dutch and Italians. About 40 riders remained at the front and there was a lull in the action with about 10 km to go as everyone caught their breath for the final battle.The Dutch held it together for a bunch sprint and De Goede was the strongest by far.Final results1. Suzanne De Goede (Nl), at 1:59:00 (38.75 kph)
2. Claudia Stumpf (G)
3. Monica Holler (S)
4. Nathalie Tirard (F)
5. Magen Long (USA)
6. Belinda Goss (Aus)
7. Audrey Lemieux (Can)
8. Alexis Rhodes (Aus)
9. Judith Baumann (Swi)
10. Monika Krawczyk (Pol)
11. Monia Baccaille (I)
12. Clothilde Giraudo (F)
13. Audrey Werner (B)
14. Miranda Vierling (Nl)
15. Svitlana Semchuk (Ukr)
16. Vicky Fournial (F)
17. Eleonora Soldo (I)
18. Sara Peeters (B)
19. Kateryna Burova (Ukr)
20. Larssyn Staley (USA)
21. Magdalena Zamolska (Pol)
22. Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr)
23. Agne Radzeviciute (Lit)
24. Monika Furrer (Swi)
25. Elisabeth Brandau (G)
26. Petra Bublova (Cz)
27. Christine Heiny (G)
28. Sandrine Le Berre (F)
29. Paulina Fiuk (Pol)
30. Isabelle Hoffman (Lux), all s.t.
31. Loes Markerink (Nl), at 0:04
32. Stephanie Williams (Aus), at 0:05
33. Marjon Spijkerman (Nl), s.t.
34. Charlot Verhaeghe (B), at 0:06
35. Kristina Scheludiakova (Rus), at 0:07
36. Lina Baltrusaityte (Lit)
37. Genevieve Leblanc (Can)
38. Sally Cowman (Aus), all s.t.
39. Ludivine Henrion (B), at 0:09
40. Elisabeth Brandau (G)
41. Naiara Telletxea Lopez (Sp), both s.t.
42. Laura Telle (Lat), at 0:10
43. Carolina Asplund (S), at 0:16
44. Bernadette Schober (A), at 0:20
45. Tatiana Guderzo (I), s.t.
46. Magalie Boulay (Can), at 3:25
47. Iryna Shpylyova (Ukr)
48. Dianne Emery (RSA)
49. Inese Paegleskalne (Lat), all s.t.
50. Agne Bagdonaviciute (Lit), at 4:20
51. Marta Jimenez Jimenez (Sp), at 4:23
52. Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr), at 5:57
53. Yulia Blindyuk (Rus)
54. Monica Haydee Huerta Barron (Mex), both s.t.
55. Halina Asipenka (Blr), at 5:58
56. Laura Dargyte (Lit), at 10:37
57. Fu Shimei (Chn), at 12:21
58. Valentina Gavrilova (Rus), at 12:27
59. Erika Almeida Garcia (Sp), at 15:27
60. Lore Txurruka Ansola (Sp), at 16:20

Results

1. Suzanne De Goede (Nl), at 1:59:00 (38.75 kph)

2. Claudia Stumpf (G)

3. Monica Holler (S)

4. Nathalie Tirard (F)

5. Magen Long (USA)

6. Belinda Goss (Aus)

7. Audrey Lemieux (Can)

8. Alexis Rhodes (Aus)

9. Judith Baumann (Swi)

10. Monika Krawczyk (Pol)

11. Monia Baccaille (I)

12. Clothilde Giraudo (F)

13. Audrey Werner (B)

14. Miranda Vierling (Nl)

15. Svitlana Semchuk (Ukr)

16. Vicky Fournial (F)

17. Eleonora Soldo (I)

18. Sara Peeters (B)

19. Kateryna Burova (Ukr)

20. Larssyn Staley (USA)

21. Magdalena Zamolska (Pol)

22. Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr)

23. Agne Radzeviciute (Lit)

24. Monika Furrer (Swi)

25. Elisabeth Brandau (G)

26. Petra Bublova (Cz)

27. Christine Heiny (G)

28. Sandrine Le Berre (F)

29. Paulina Fiuk (Pol)

30. Isabelle Hoffman (Lux), all s.t.

31. Loes Markerink (Nl), at 0:04

32. Stephanie Williams (Aus), at 0:05

33. Marjon Spijkerman (Nl), s.t.

34. Charlot Verhaeghe (B), at 0:06

35. Kristina Scheludiakova (Rus), at 0:07

36. Lina Baltrusaityte (Lit)

37. Genevieve Leblanc (Can)

38. Sally Cowman (Aus), all s.t.

39. Ludivine Henrion (B), at 0:09

40. Elisabeth Brandau (G)

41. Naiara Telletxea Lopez (Sp), both s.t.

42. Laura Telle (Lat), at 0:10

43. Carolina Asplund (S), at 0:16

44. Bernadette Schober (A), at 0:20

45. Tatiana Guderzo (I), s.t.

46. Magalie Boulay (Can), at 3:25

47. Iryna Shpylyova (Ukr)

48. Dianne Emery (RSA)

49. Inese Paegleskalne (Lat), all s.t.

50. Agne Bagdonaviciute (Lit), at 4:20

51. Marta Jimenez Jimenez (Sp), at 4:23

52. Nina Ovcharenko (Ukr), at 5:57

53. Yulia Blindyuk (Rus)

54. Monica Haydee Huerta Barron (Mex), both s.t.

55. Halina Asipenka (Blr), at 5:58

56. Laura Dargyte (Lit), at 10:37

57. Fu Shimei (Chn), at 12:21

58. Valentina Gavrilova (Rus), at 12:27

59. Erika Almeida Garcia (Sp), at 15:27

60. Lore Txurruka Ansola (Sp), at 16:20