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UCI World Cup: It’s Rossner again

Saturn’s Petra Rossner won the women's World Cup race in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday, making it two from two for the German sprinter in this year’s series. As was the case at the World Cup even last week in Canberra, Austrai, the race came down to a field sprint and Rossner, edged out the same rider, Australian Rochelle Gilmore second. Hanka Kupfernagel, riding in an international composite team, was third. The first New Zealander was Rosalind Reekie-May, who finished 11th. The Saturn team worked hard throughout the 107 km race to protect Rossner and to have her in the right position

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002

Saturn’s Petra Rossner won the women’s World Cup race in Hamilton, New Zealand, Sunday, making it two from two for the German sprinter in this year’s series. As was the case at the World Cup even last week in Canberra, Austrai, the race came down to a field sprint and Rossner, edged out the same rider, Australian Rochelle Gilmore second.

Hanka Kupfernagel, riding in an international composite team, was third. The first New Zealander was Rosalind Reekie-May, who finished 11th.

The Saturn team worked hard throughout the 107 km race to protect Rossner and to have her in the right position for the sprint, but in the end she had to fight all the way to the line.

Rossner, a 35-year-old former Olympic gold medallist sat quietly in the bunch throughout the race while her team-mates covered the breaks. “I was trying to save my legs in the bunch and while it wasn’t hard on my legs, it was harder on my nerves,” she said. “There were a few crucial times when I would think this break could stay away forever.”

Rossner’s win moves her 50 points clear of Gilmore in the World Cup standings, but as Gilmore will probably not contest the whole series, Rossner’s nearest opponent is Kupfernagel, who is 88 points behind.

Copyright AFP2002