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Geneviève Jeanson Wins Montreal World Cup

May 28, 2005 (Montréal, Quebec) — Today Canadian Geneviève Jeanson (ACDA — RONA) won the Montreal World Cup in a close finish ahead of Australian Oenone Wood (Nurnburger Versicherung) and Dutch racer Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint). The winner completed the race’s 99.6 kilometres in 2 hours 55 minutes 43 seconds, at an average speed of 34.0 km/h. She beat Wood by 2 seconds and Melchers by 4 seconds.

Thanks to the 50 points her second place earned her today, Oenone Wood took the lead from Susanne Ljunskog (Swe) Buitenpoort – Flexpoint Team in the overall World Cup standings. She has accumulated 242 points since the start of the 2005 season, 19 more than Ljunskog.

The large and enthusiastic Montreal crowd has come to expect a race of attrition and this year’s was no exception. The lead group lost its members from the rear, as the Camilien-Houde Hill, climbed 12 times, was devastating the peloton. Yet at the front the race was more at tempo than aggressive. Lap after lap, the first cyclists to make it to the top of the hill were different permutations of a select group of racers who could claim a victory today — Jeanson, Wood and Melchers, but also Switzerland’s Annette Beutler (Quark), Susanne Ljungskog and her American teammate Amber Neben (Buitenpoort-Flexpoint), and the two Webcor cyclists, Christine Thornburn (USA) and Canadian Erinne Willock.

Still, when the race got to the bottom of the last climb, it was Lynn Gaggioli (Biovail) who attacked the climb with a 50-metre lead. But she was quickly reeled in by the lead group. At the 300 metre-mark, Erinne Willock launched her attack. “She was climbing very well”, Jeanson said later, “and I took her wheel. But I was watching her closely and, as soon as I felt she was losing momentum, I went full throttle. I didn’t know what was going on behind me, I looked back and saw a gap. Then I knew I had won.”

“It was a wait-and-see game today, but I was prepared for anything,” Jeanson commented. “I waited for attacks, I was ready to respond, I was in alert mode from start to finish. I was so concentrated that the race went by in a flash. Now I’m more drained mentally than physically.”

The Montreal World Cup will be followed by the Tour du Grand Montréal, held from Monday May 30 to Thursday, June 2. A new stage was added, which will take place in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Hilaire.


1 Geneviève Jeanson (Can) ACDA -Rona 2.55.43
2 Oenone Wood (Aus) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung 0.02
3 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Ned) Buitenpoort – Flexpoint 0.04
4 Annette Beutler (Swi) QUARK
5 Suzanne Ljungskog (Swe) Buitenpoort – Flexpoint Team
6 Erinne Willock (Can) Webcor Builders Women’s Cycling Team
7 Judith Arndt (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
8 Christine Thornburn (USA) Webcor Builders Women’s Cycling
9 Edita Pucinskaite (Ltu) Nobili Rubinetterie – Menikini Cogeas
10 Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (Den) Team S.A.T.S 0.11

13 Susan Palmer-Komar (Can) Colavita/Cooking Light 0.20
18 Lyne Bessette (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau 1.00
22 Kirsten Robbins (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada
23 Trine Hansen (Den) Team S.A.T.S
30 Leigh Hobson (Can) Diet Cheerwine 3.40
31 Felicia Greer (Can) Webcor Builders Women’s Cycling
33 Amy Moore (Can) QUARK
34 Stéphanie Bourbeau (Can) Équipe du Québe
43 Audrey Lemieux (Can) QUARK 5.31
44 Merrill Collins (Can) Diet Cheerwine 7.09
51 Jennifer Stephenson (Can) Biovail 8.54
53 Tara Ross (Can) Diet Cheerwine 9.14
55 Betina Hold (Can) Webcor Builders Women’s Cycling 11.03
61 Rhonda Stickle (Can) Diet Cheerwine
63 Amanda Shaw (Can) Biovail
66 Caroline Montminy (Can) Équipe du Québe
68 Caroline Théberge (Can) Équipe du Québe
69 Helena Coney (Can) Composite international-BASIS
70 Lisa Sweeney (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
71 Anna Garnett (Can) Biovail
72 Rebecca Nelson (Can) Biovail

DNF Regina Schleicher (Ger) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung
DNF Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Safi-Pasta Zara Manhattan
DNF Patricia Hempel (Ger) ELK Haus – Tirol No
DNF Anna Tratnyek (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada
DNF Kylie case (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada
DNF Jenny Trew (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada
DNF Suzanne Macht (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada
DNF Heather Lamson (Can) Équipe Nationale du Canada
DNF Helen Kelly (Aus) QUARK
DNF Kate Sherwin (USA) QUARK
DNF Joanie Caron (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
DNF Geneviève Gagnon (Can) Ellicyle Sport expert Louis Garneau
DNF Julie Bélanger (Can) Diet Cheerwine
DNF Julia Farell (Can) Diet Cheerwine
DNF Élisa Gagnon (Can) Équipe du Québe
DNF Marie-Pier Bédard (Can) Équipe du Québe
DNF Ashley Robinson (Ber) Composite international-BASIS
DNF Monika Schachl (Aut) ELK Haus – Tirol No

World Cup Overall Standings

1 Oenone Wood (Aus) Équipe Nurnberger Versicherung 242
2 Susanne Ljunskog (Swe) Buitenpoort – Flexpoint Team 223

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