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Wood takes Geelong crit’; Mactier holds lead

Dual Australian road champion, Oenone Wood, 23, (AIS) put in a strongfinal burst on Monday to take the second stage of the Geelong Tour, a 35 kilometer criterium raced in Geelong’s Eastern Park.The Canberra rider, wearing the green and gold national champion’s jersey,pipped Sydney’s Katherine Bates, 21, (NSWIS) on the line with RochelleGilmore (AUS - Team SATS third.“We were trying to get working and attacking to get a break away butthe course proved difficult to do that on,” said Wood of the 2.2km circuiton which the riders completed 16 laps. “The course wasn’t technical, exceptfor one

By Gennie Sheer

Dual Australian road champion, Oenone Wood, 23, (AIS) put in a strongfinal burst on Monday to take the second stage of the Geelong Tour, a 35 kilometer criterium raced in Geelong’s Eastern Park.The Canberra rider, wearing the green and gold national champion’s jersey,pipped Sydney’s Katherine Bates, 21, (NSWIS) on the line with RochelleGilmore (AUS – Team SATS third.“We were trying to get working and attacking to get a break away butthe course proved difficult to do that on,” said Wood of the 2.2km circuiton which the riders completed 16 laps. “The course wasn’t technical, exceptfor one corner, in fact it was quite fast and hard to get away.”The stage featured two intermediate sprints and the main contenderswere keen to stay in touch in the hope of claiming valuable bonus seconds(3,2 & 1 and on the final sprint which offered 10sec, 6sec and 4secfor the first three across the line.On the first sprint it was race leader Katie Mactier, 28, (Jayco) whoclaimed the maximum three seconds bonus ahead of Kate Bates, 21, (NSWIS)and Deirdre Barry, (T Mobile).“I always have a tendency to ride in the first ten or fifteen and certainlyI knew Kate Bates and Oenone Wood were the two to pay attention to todayso I was following Kate on the first sprint and managed to come aroundher and pip her for the bonus,” explained Mactier. On the second sprintthe trio weren’t in the picture as West Australian Hayley Rutherford, 23,(Nobili–Fanini) claimed the win ahead of Queensland’s Sara Carrigan, 23,(Qld Academy of Sport) and Germany’s Petra Rossner, 37, (Team Nurnberger).“Oenone and Kate weren’t up the front for that one so I didn’t worryabout contesting it,” said Mactier. “It was a good safe course today andthe racing was on from the gun which made it really hard for anyone tostage a successful escape.”Mactier has maintained her overall race lead and will wear the leader’sblue jersey into Tuesday’s 77.5km stage, five laps of a 15.5km coastalroad circuit, with the start finish at Barwon Heads south of Geelong. ButWood is only four seconds off her leading time and Bates now sits thirdoverall at five seconds.Bates retains her lead in the Best Young Rider (U23 classification andwhile Mactier is also leading the Sprint Classification the jersey willbe worn Tuesday by Rutherford who is running second in the sprint queencompetition on a count back with Mactier.Mactier’s Jayco team is in a good position with her teammate LouiseYaxley (TAS) in fifth place overall at nine seconds but her lead is sureto come under attack from several teams including Wood’s AIS team.“It would be letting the cat out of the bag to tell you our tacticsbut we’re going to try and get time back on the leader,” said Wood. “Wehave a strong team and a lot of options so we plan on just playing ourcards right.”“It’s all so close at the moment I can’t sit comfortably in the bunchbut instead will have to move with anything that goes and keep mywits about me,” said Mactier.The four-day, four-stage Geelong Tour features 93 riders representing15 countries and is the lead in event for next Sunday’s opening round ofthe UCI Women’s Road Cycling World Cup Series at Geelong’s Waterfront.Geelong Tour Result
Stage 2 – 35km Criterium Stage – Eastern Park, Geelong
1. Oenone Wood (AUS), Aus Institute of Sport, 35km in 55:17
2. Katherine Bates (AUS), NSWIS
3. Rochelle Gilmore (AUS), Team SATS
4. Miho Oki (JPN)
5. Sarah Ulmer (NZL)
6. Nicole Freedman (USA), World Team
7. Katie Mactier (AUS), Jayco
8. Rosalind Reekie-May (NZL
9. Alison Wright (AUS), Nobili-Fanini
10. Jessica Ridder (AUS), FRF Couriers, all s.t.General Classification
1. Katie Mactier (AUS), Jayco 1hr05min35sec
2. Oenone Wood , at 04sec
3. Katherine Bates , at 05sec
4. Louise Yaxley (AUS), JAYCO , at 09sec
5. Sara Carrigan (AUS), Qld Academy of Sport , at 21sec
6. Kathryn Watt (AUS), Freedom Machine , at 22sec
7. Sarah Ulmer (NZL), , at 25sec
8. Margaret Hemsley (AUS), Team Nurnberger , at 26sec
9. Deirdre Barry (USA), T Mobile , at 26sec
10. Kristin Armstrong (USA), T Mobile , at 27sec