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New Zealander Sarah Ulmer produced a staggering solo performance to win Sunday's World Cup race in Wellington, New Zealand. World number one and defending World Cup champion Oenone Wood finished second, an astonishing 4-24 down on Ulmer, with last weekend's Geelong World Cup race winner Ina Teutenberg third.
Ulmer broke away after just six of 20 laps, going almost two minutes clear by the end of the next lap. She had been hoping that someone would join her break, but kept going regardless when no one did, and later thanked her Team New Zealand team-mates for doing "a wicked job in the bunch to make sure no one else caught me".
Ulmer, who also won the three-day Tour of New Zealand, which finished in Wellington last Friday, tried to downplay expectations for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne later this month. "I have got a lot of work to do before then. A lot can happen in two weeks and I don't trust the bloody Australians. They can do a lot in two weeks as well," she said, stoking the rivalry between the two Oceanic nations.
Wood admitted that the race was "sort of all over" by the 15th lap when Ulmer's advantage was already a huge five minutes. "Sarah certainly showed her colours today," she said. "It was a fantastic ride," she added, admitting no one thought Ulmer would be able to stay out front on her own to the finish. "I guess we were wrong there," said the Australian.
1 Sarah Ulmer (NZ) New Zealand 124km in 3.16.45 (37.81kph)
2 Oenone Wood (Aus) Nrnberger Versicherung 4.24
3 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) T-Mobile 4.25
4 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZ) Univega
5 Tina Mayolo-Pic (USA) USA
6 Annette Beutler (Swi) Elk Haus
7 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe) Sweden
8 Svetlana Bubnenkova (Rus) Fenixs
9 Miho Oki (Jpn) Nobili Rubinetterie 4.29
10 Tamara Boyd (NZ) New Zealand
14 Olivia Gollan (Aus) Nobili Rubinetterie 4.33
World Cup standings
1 Ina Teutenberg (Ger) T-Mobile 110 pts
2 Ulmer 75
3 Oki 65
4 Mayolo-Pic 57
5 Wood 50
6 Beutler 45
7 Kiesanowski 41
8 Katherine Bates (Aus) Nrnberger Versicherung 35
9 Bubnenkova 27
10 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Safi-Pasta Zara 27
14 Nicole Cooke (GB) Univega 18
20 Gollan 7
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