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ROSSNER BREAKS RECORD WITH ANOTHER SATURN VICTORY

courtesy HP Challenge



KETCHUM, ID, June 18, 2002 —Today’s Stage (4) was one of the most
aggressive days of racing the 19th Annual HP WOMEN’S CHALLENGE has even
seen.

But in the end, it was Saturn’s Petra Rossner, a 24-Time German
National Champion and winner of Stage 1 in Idaho City on June 15, that won
the finishing sprint, while breaking a course record, in the 60.5 mile
Boise Office Solutions Road Race from Stanley to Ketchum, ID.


“I’m happy that I won the sprint for my team, but I’m not here to
win the tour, I’m here to help one of my teammates win the tour,” Rossner
modestly commented on her stunning sprint victory. Rossner bested the 29
riders in the front group with a record time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 5
seconds for the challenging course that included a seven-mile climb over
Galena Summit (8,701 ft.). Placing second was Switzerland’s , 2001 National
Time Trial and Road Champion, Priska Doppman riding for the Boise, ID based
Team Goldy. Finishing third and fourth, respectively among this World-Class
field of 89 starters, were the Norwegian Valen sisters, Monica (1994 World
Road Champion) and Anita,
riding for the Sponsor Services team.


Race Leader and Australian Olympian, Anna Millward of Saturn,
finished with the main group and thus keeps the Blue Race Leader Jersey for
a second day.


Kym Shirley of Team Itera did not finish the stage and Lisa Magness
of Intermountain Orthopedic did not make the time cut and thus, they are
out of the race and will not start Stage 5 tomorrow (June 19) in Shoshone.


Stage 5’s 87.9 mile St. Alphonsus Road Race from Shoshone to
Pomerelle, starting at 10 am, is considered to be a pivotal stage since the
race will finish with a 15 mile climb to Mt. Pomerelle. All eyes will be on
climbing sensation 20-year old Canadian Genevieve Jeanson of Team Rona, the
current leader in the Mountain Points competition, the Overall Points
competition and Best Young Rider competition (currently 4th overall, 1
minute and 10 seconds down). This is the stage where Jeanson is expected to
ride away from the field and perhaps garner enough time on Overall Race
Leader, Anna Millward, to become the new race leader.


The 19th Annual HP WOMEN’S CHALLENGE, with a strong international
field competing for a cash purse of $75,000, is a 9-day, 9-stage
International Bicycle Race covering 543 miles throughout southern Idaho.


For more information, complete results, schedules, rider bios,
in-depth reporting and even LIVE coverage during the racing, log onto
www.womenschallenge.com.

STAGE 4 RESULTS – BOISE Office Solution 60.5 mile Road Race:


1. Petra Rossner (Saturn) 2:25:05


2. Priska Doppmann (Goldys) same time

3. Monica Valen (Sponsor Services) st

4. Anita Valen (Sponsor Service) st

OVERALL GENERAL CLASSIFICATION:

1. Anna Millward (Saturn) 8:43:29


0:00:00

2. Kimberly Bruckner (Saturn) 8:43:40


0:00:11

3. Judith Arndt (Saturn) 8:44:27 0:00:58

4. Genevieve Jeanson (Rona) 8:44:39 0:01:10





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