World number one Nicole Cooke (Raleigh Lifeforce) is leading the Geelong Tour at the end of day one after securing third place in both the opening 8km time trial and the 30 kilometre second stage at Portarlington in Victoria, Australia. Cooke, holds a two second lead ahead of American Dotsie Bausch (Colavita/Sutter Home) and is five seconds clear of third placed Larissa Kleinmann (German National Team).
"It was very fast and there were a fair few attacks," said Cooke who secured the purple leader's jersey through her efforts in picking up bonus seconds for the two intermediate sprints and her third place finish on Stage Two. "My team rode well to help me with the intermediate sprints and I did what I could in the final sprint, but Ina Teutenberg was very strong and the same with Rochelle Gilmore.
In the opening stage of the race, an 8km individual time trial along the Portarlington foreshore, Bausch, from Kentucky, outpaced her rivals to win in a time of 11 minutes 33 seconds, five seconds faster than track pursuiter Kleinmann and seven seconds ahead of defending World Cup series champion Cooke.
"I just trained really, really hard this winter with a specific time trial coach because I really wanted to get good at these. It's just been a good winter," said Bausch her win. "Gosh it's beautiful here, but I tried not to look at the scenery too much," she added. "It was headwind, head-cross on the way out and a tail-cross on the way home. When I rounded the bend, I could see the finish line and I knew that it was [in the vicinity of] eleven minutes."
With only 33 seconds separating the top ten riders after the time trial the bonus seconds on offer in Stage 2 were always going to be hotly contested. Cooke claimed the first sprint after ten laps ahead of Australia's Oenone Wood (T-Mobile) and New Zealand's Melissa Holt. Wood turned the tables at the second intermediate sprint claiming the three second time bonus ahead of Wood and Alex Wrubleski (CAN - Colavita/Sutter Home). That left Cooke with a two second deficit to close to take over the lead and her four second bonus for third place at the finish ensured she would received the leader's purple jersey.
But it was 2006 Geelong World Cup winner, Germany's Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile) who won the bunch sprint for stage two honours outpacing Rochelle Gilmore (AUS - Menikini Gysko) who finished second.
"I felt a bit shitty, I felt it would be better to lead out (team mate) Oenone but then I changed my mind," said Teutenberg agreeing the pace of the stage was hectic. "I think it’s always the same here because everybody wants to get a front position, to make sure they don't get gapped off and they keep the speed high - the faster the safer, it’s great.
"I had a perfect position and then Nicole (Cooke) kind of ran out of people to lead her out and I think she probably thought if I keep it fast they won't swarm me and maybe I might have a gap on the finish straight," explained Teutenberg. "I had a perfect position coming third into the (last) corner but I was worried about Rochelle Gilmore because I knew she was on my wheel and last year she nipped us at the line here, so I knew I was waiting for her to come but luckily she didn't."
Tomorrow the field contests the 115km stage three out and back from the Victorian country town of Lara.
Stage 1 results (Portarlington time trial, 8km)
1 Dotsie Bausch (USA) Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light) 0:11:33
2 Larissa Kleinmann (Ger, German National Team) 0:00:05
3 Nicole Cooke (GBr, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation) 0:00:07
4 Judith Arndt (Ger, T-Mobile Women) 0:00:15
5 Laura Van Gilder (USA, Cheerwine) 0:00:18
6 Annette Beutler (Swi, Team Flexpoint)
7 Oenone Wood (Aus, T-Mobile Women) 0:00:25
8 Sara Carrigan (Aus, Queensland Academy of Sport) 0:00:29
9 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe, Team Flexpoint) 0:00:32
10 Vicki Whitelaw (Aus, Landlink Cycling Team) 0:00:33
Stage 2 results (Portarlington criterium, 30km)
1 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger, T-Mobile Women) 0:58:29
2 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus, Menikini Gysko)
3 Nicole Cooke (GBr, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation)
4 Kate Nichols (Aus, Australian National Team)
5 Emma Rickards (Aus, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation)
6 Alex Wrubleski (Can, Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light)
7 Nikki Egyed (Aus, Australian National Team)
8 Dorte Rasmussen (Den, Menikini Gysko)
9 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe, Team Flexpoint)
10 Judith Arndt (Ger, T-Mobile Women)
General classification after stage 2
1 Nicole Cooke (GBr, Raleigh Lifeforce Creation) 1:10:00
2 Larissa Kleinmann (Ger, German National Team) 0:00:07
3 Dotsie Bausch (USA, Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light) 0:00:08
4 Judith Arndt (Ger, T-Mobile Women) 0:00:17
5 Annette Beutler (Swi, Team Flexpoint) 0:00:20
6 Laura Van Gilder (USA, Cheerwine) 0:00:26
7 Oenone Wood (Aus, T-Mobile Women) 0:00:28
8 Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Ger, T-Mobile Women) 0:00:30
9 Susanne Ljungskog (Swe, Team Flexpoint) 0:00:34
10 Sara Carrigan (Aus, Queensland Academy of Sport) 0:00:37
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