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2008 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno

2008 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno

Jan Frodeno had a stellar run to sprint past the cream of the field at the line in an exciting olympic triathlon finish.  The main action of the race fell to the run. Only two breakaway riders were able to escape with a gap of 50 seconds at transition.  The small lead the riders had was quickly eaten up by a hard charging field who bridged to them within the first half lap. The field narrowed throughout the four lap run leaving only four as they enter the stadium for the finish.  A resurgent Simon Whitfield of Canada took silver with Bevan Docherty of New Zealand hanging on for bronze.  ITU number one ranked Francisco Gomez of Spain was out kicked at the final turn and ended up fourth. USA’s Hunter Kemper had a fine race finishing 7th, 55 seconds off the pace. American’s Jarrod Shoemaker finished 17th 1:53 back and Matt Reed finished 31st 3:37 back.

Like many ITU races, the swim was the warmup to the race.  The top 30 finishers all finished within 50 seconds.  Hunter Kemper of the US was near the front as was Gomez, Belaubre, Sysoev and Prochnow. The field cleared T1 and headed out on the bike 40+ strong. The group stayed together with only a few attempts from riders to clear, none of any consequence until lap four. On the hill of lap four, Serrano attacked and got clear with Zeebroek quickly bridging. The two worked together to extend a few seconds of lead to 20 seconds by the top of the hill. Dirk Bockel of Luxembourg successfully bridged on the descent catching on before the stadium.  The three worked together to extend the lead to 33 seconds at by the end of lap four.  The chase group was reluctant to pursue in ernest allowing the gap to increase to 55 seconds as the breakaway riders entered the stadium for the last time.  Zeebroek and Bockel were able to gap Serrano on the final hill of the ride. The two slapped hands as they entered the stadium and prepared for the run.  Serrano was in no mans land till T2, losing 45 seconds on the leaders.  The feild closed in on him as they came into transition. 

On the run, the entire field started out almost together. By the time they exited the stadium, the field had strung out in to a group of twenty followed by a thinning line of the remaining runners. At the close of the first lap, the field had captured the leaders and narrowed to about twelve including Gomez, Rana, Whitfield, Brownlee, Docherty, Frodeno, Kemper and a few others. By the close of lap three, the lead group had been whittled down to six. Brownlee and Rana dropped off at the beginning of lap four leaving only Gomez, Whitfield, Docherty and Frodeno, as they neared the stadium for the final time. The leaders dropped Whitfield as they entered the stadium though he was able to latch back on as the three leaders slowed to prepare for the sprint. It was Whitfield who jumped just prior to the final turn dropping Gomez in the process. Frodeno was able to hold on but Docherty fell off halfway to the line. Jan Frodeno had the legs to get by Whitfield to take the win.

Men’s Triathon Results

Rk Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
1 FRODENO Jan GER  1:48:53.28  00:00.0 18:14 16 0:26 2 59:01:00 0:26 1 30:46:00 1
2 WHITFIELD Simon CAN  1:48:58.47  +0:05.19 18:18 22 0:27 13 58:56:00 0:29 18 30:48:00 2
3 DOCHERTY Bevan NZL  1:49:05.59  +0:12.31 18:23 31 0:28 25 58:51:00 0:26 1 30:57:00 3
4 GOMEZ Francisco Javier ESP  1:49:13.92  +0:20.64 18:08 8 0:27 13 59:06:00 0:29 18 31:03:00 4
5 RANA Ivan ESP  1:49:22.03  +0:28.75 18:22 29 0:26 2 58:52:00 0:28 10 31:14:00 5
6 UNGER Daniel GER  1:49:43.78  +0:50.50 18:25 37 0:27 13 58:49:00 0:27 3 31:35:00 6
7 KEMPER Hunter USA  1:49:48.75  +0:55.47 18:04 4 0:30 46 59:06:00 0:28 10 31:40:00 7
8 HENNING Rasmus DEN  1:49:57.47  +1:04.19 18:18 21 0:26 2 58:57:00 0:28 10 31:48:00 9
9 SYSOEV Igor RUS  1:49:59.38  +1:06.10 18:02 2 0:32 53 59:15:00 0:29 18 31:41:00 8
10 BELAUBRE Frederic FRA  1:50:00.30  +1:07.02 18:03 3 0:28 25 59:11:00 0:30 32 31:48:00 10
11 ATKINSON Courtney AUS  1:50:10.02  +1:16.74 18:06 6 0:27 13 59:08:00 0:29 18 32:00:00 11
12 BROWNLEE Alistair GBR  1:50:19.62  +1:26.34 18:11 13 0:27 13 59:05:00 0:29 18 32:07:00 12
13 ZEEBROEK Axel BEL  1:50:30.90  +1:37.62 18:30 43 0:27 13 57:48:00 0:30 32 33:15:00 13
14 CLARKE Will GBR  1:50:32.07  +1:38.79 18:53 47 0:27 13 58:23:00 0:31 38 32:18:00 14
15 PROCHNOW Christian GER  1:50:33.90  +1:40.62 18:23 30 0:26 2 58:56:00 0:27 3 32:21:00 15
16 KAHLEFELDT Brad AUS  1:50:36.00  +1:42.72 18:17 19 0:29 34 58:56:00 0:28 10 32:26:00 16
17 SHOEMAKER Jarrod USA  1:50:46.39  +1:53.11 18:19 23 0:29 34 59:03:00 0:28 10 32:27:00 17
18 MARCEAU Olivier SUI  1:50:50.07  +1:56.79 18:55 52 0:29 34 58:18:00 0:31 38 32:37:00 18
19 OSPALY Filip CZE  1:50:53.69  +2:00.41 18:17 19 0:30 46 58:56:00 0:29 18 32:41:00 19
20 SAPUNOV Daniil KAZ  1:50:58.98  +2:05.70 18:11 12 0:29 34 59:05:00 0:31 38 32:42:00 20
21 POLYANSKIY Dmitriy RUS  1:51:11.61  +2:18.33 18:15 18 0:27 13 59:07:00 0:29 18 32:53:00 21
22 RIEDERER Sven SUI  1:51:19.45  +2:26.17 18:14 17 0:34 54 58:52:00 0:28 10 33:11:00 23
23 BRYUKHANKOV Alexander RUS  1:51:22.59  +2:29.31 18:10 11 0:30 46 59:08:00 0:33 45 33:01:00 22
24 BOCKEL Dirk LUX  1:51:31.01  +2:37.73 18:26 39 0:27 13 57:52:00 0:27 3 34:19:00 30
25 MOREIRA JUNIOR Juraci BRA  1:51:35.57  +2:42.29 18:24 34 0:29 34 58:50:00 0:30 32 33:22:00 24
26 CROES Peter BEL  1:51:40.94  +2:47.66 18:26 38 0:26 2 58:51:00 0:32 43 33:25:00 25
27 TICHELAAR Paul CAN  1:51:46.81  +2:53.53 18:24 35 0:27 13 58:51:00 0:30 32 33:34:00 26
28 HUG Reto SUI  1:52:04.93  +3:11.65 18:55 50 0:27 13 58:20:00 0:29 18 33:53:00 27
29 YAMAMOTO Ryosuke JPN  1:52:11.98  +3:18.70 18:27 40 0:26 2 58:53:00 0:29 18 33:56:00 28
30 BERK Sander NED  1:52:18.09  +3:24.81 18:13 15 0:28 25 59:06:00 0:34 49 33:57:00 29
31 REED Matty USA  1:52:30.44  +3:37.16 18:25 36 0:30 46 58:48:00 0:28 10 34:19:00 31

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Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Austrailia’s wins gold and bronze in the Olympic triathlon. Emma Snowsill made her move before leaving the stadium on the run and never looked back. She improved her lead over the four lap course putting 1:06 on number one ranked Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal who took the silver. Snowsill’s team mate Emma Moffatt placed third to take the bronze rallying past several runners. Team USA’s Laura Bennett came in 26 seconds later in fourth digging in deep to accelerate past a fading Ide who had gapped her ealier in the run. Team USA’s Sarah Haskins finished 11th 2:54 minutes back while Julie Swail-Ertel finished 19th 4:11 back.

The swim was fast though uneventful. The field finished very close together with team USA, AUS and Switzerland exiting near the front. About 40 riders exited T1 mostly together and serpentined out of the stadium area. The ride was 6 laps of a 6.55km loop. There was one significant hill which split the field on the first pass. A lead group of 19 distanced the main group on a punishing assault of the hill. The US, Austrailian and swiss women were in the group among others. The next three laps the women in the lead group worked together to gap the chase who struggled to maintain connection. The lead group continued to build on the lead into T2 on the next two laps. Ertel struggled the last two passes of the hill to maintain contact. She was able to bridge back on the descent each time.

The chase group had an wreck at the close of the fifth lap though it wasn’t clear why. A Russian rider looked to be splinted up with a possible fracture. The main group entered the stadium to finish the ride putting over two minutes on the first chase group. The nineteen leaders shot into and out of T2 very close in. Snowsill quickly gapped the field with Fernandes in tow. Close behind were Bennett, Moffatt, Spirig, and Hewitt. Bennett looked strong and challenged Fernandez as she faded from Snowsills vigorous pace. She rallied on lap two to retake the second spot from Bennett. Bennett began to fade soon after. Moffatt surged past Bennett on lap three to take and hold onto third. Ide also passed Bennett though she later rallied in the stadium to retake the forth spot.

Women’s Race Results

Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
SNOWSILL Emma AUS 1:58:27.66  00:00.0 19:51 5 0:28 3 1:04:20 0:31 5 33:17:00 1
FERNANDES Vanessa POR 1:59:34.63  +1:06.97 19:53 9 0:29 9 1:04:18 0:33 12 34:21:00 2
MOFFATT Emma AUS 1:59:55.84  +1:28.18 19:55 12 0:31 14 1:04:12 0:31 2 34:46:00 3
BENNETT Laura USA 2:00:21.54  +1:53.88 19:49 1 0:30 1 1:04:23 0:29 8 35:10:00 4
IDE Juri JPN 2:00:23.77  +1:56.11 19:50 4 0:29 2 1:04:24 0:35 18 35:05:00 5
SPIRIG Nicola SWI 2:00:30.48  +2:02.82 20:17 36 0:28 34 1:03:54 0:31 4 35:20:00 6
RYF Daniela SWI 2:00:40.20  +2:12.54 19:56 13 0:26 8 1:04:17 0:30 3 35:31:00 7
HEWITT Andrea NZL 2:00:45.99  +2:18.33 19:54 10 0:29 11 1:04:15 0:29 1 35:38:00 8
NIWATA Kiyomi JPN 2:00:51.85  +2:24.19 19:56 14 0:34 24 1:04:14 0:31 13 35:36:00 9
TANNER Debbie NZL 2:01:06.92  +2:39.26 19:57 17 0:29 13 1:04:17 0:29 11 35:54:00 10
HASKINS Sarah USA 2:01:22.57  +2:54.91 19:50 3 0:32 7 1:04:18 0:32 9 36:10:00 11
HARRISON Jessica FRA 2:01:31.74  +3:04.08 19:56 16 0:30 15 1:04:14 0:32 10 36:19:00 12
di MARCO Magali SWI 2:01:50.74  +3:23.08 19:50 2 0:30 5 1:04:22 0:29 7 36:39:00 13
ALLEN Katherine AUT 2:02:00.69  +3:33.03 20:57 48 0:32 49 1:05:24 0:35 35 34:32:00 14
LISK Ricarda GER 2:02:07.75  +3:40.09 20:00 23 0:30 23 1:04:12 0:39 20 36:46:00 15
WARRINER Sam NZL 2:02:13.60  +3:45.94 19:58 19 0:30 18 1:04:15 0:35 17 36:55:00 16
UEDA Ai JPN 2:02:19.09  +3:51.43 20:17 37 0:29 35 1:03:56 0:28 6 37:09:00 17
NORDEN Lisa SWE 2:02:27.47  +3:59.81 20:56 46 0:29 46 1:05:26 0:31 23 35:05:00 18
SWAIL-ERTEL Julie USA 2:02:39.22  +4:11.56 19:51 6 0:30 6 1:04:24 0:32 16 37:22:00 19
BURGOS Ana ESP 2:02:43.85  +4:16.19 20:57 47 0:31 48 1:05:28 0:36 39 35:11:00 20

 

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Great Brittan’s Nicole Cooke took the gold in the Beijing Olympic Women’s Road Race Emma Johansson of 2008 Olympic Women\'s Road Race MedalistsSweden and Tatiana Guderzo of Italy earned the silver and bronze respectively. Kristin Armstrong of the USA finished 43 Seconds back for 25th, Amber Neben finished 33rd and Christine Thorburn finished 52nd

The women’s race started under threatening skies which turned to rain on the road to the Great Wall. The pack stuck together for most of the first 80km with a handful of riders reigning in any potential threats. Thorburn was apparently working for Armstrong to keep the peloton contained on the flats.

The first attack of consequence was executed by Boyarskaya (RUS) who was set up by a flyer from her compatriot Burchenkova. A lead was built then slowly reduced by Neben (USA) again probably working for Armstrong. Pooley (GB) and Guderzo (ITA) got away on the final circuit of two and finally captured the Russian.

Judith Arndt (GER) put in a strong effort to close to the break. Attacks by several favorites in including Longo-Ciprelli (FRA) were closed down before any damage was done. Soeder of Austria put in several strong efforts one of which allowed Guderzo to catapult on a solo break. Soeder later gapped the peloton joined by Johansson (SWE), Villumsen (DEN), and Cooke (GB). They chased down Guderzo. The five worked to the line maintaining enough of a gap to stay clear.

Cooke Crashes the Finish

Cooke Crashes the Finish

With a half kilometer to go Cooke faded slightly then shot out with only Johansson and Guderzo were able to hang on. Villumsen and Soeder faded unable to hold the pace. Cooke powered to the line to take the prize.

That was another fabulous road race on a spectacular course.

Race Reports:

Cycling News

Velonews

Race Results

1 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain), 3.32.24 (35.706km/h)
2 Emma Johansson (Sweden), st.
3 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy), st.
4 Christiane Soeder (Austria), 0.04
5 Linda Villumsen Serup (Denmark), 0.09
6 Marianne Vos (Netherlands), 0.21
7 Priska Doppmann (Switzerland), st.
8 Paulina Brzezna (Poland), st.
9 Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania), st.
10 Zulfiya Zabirova (Kazakhstan), st.
11 Jolanta Polikeviciute (Lithuania), st.
12 Julia Martisova (Russian Federation), st.
13 Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France), st.
14 Maryline Salvetat (France), st.
15 Noemi Cantele (Italy), st.
16 Min Gao (China), 0.28
17 Leigh Hobson (Canada), st.
8 Nicole Brändli (Switzerland), st.
19 Anna Sanchis (Spain), st.
20 Trixi Worrack (Germany), st.
21 Susanne Ljungskog (Sweden), st.
22 Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine), 0.31
23 Emma Pooley (Great Britain), st.
24 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France), 0.33
25 Kristin Armstrong (United States), 0.43
26 Anita Valen De Vries (Norway), 0.53
27 Modesta Vzesniauskaite (Lithuania), st.
28 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand), st.
29 Oenone Wood (Australia), st.
30 Grete Treier (Estonia), st.
31 Miho Oki (Japan), st.
32 Tatiana Stiajkina (Ukraine), st.
33 Amber Neben (United States), st.
34 Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa), st.
35 Sharon Laws (Great Britain), st.
36 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Netherlands), st.
37 Erinne Willock (Canada), 0.59
38 Sara Carrigan (Australia), 1.01
39 Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany), st.
40 Natalia Boyarskaya (Russian Federation), st.
41 Judith Arndt (Germany), 1.27
42 Oksana Kashchyshyna (Ukraine), 1.49
43 Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian Federation), st.
44 Lieselot Decroix (Belgium), 4.11
45 Alessandra Giusseppina Grassi (Mexico), st.
46 Monika Schachl (Austria), 4.13
47 Chantal Beltman (Netherlands), 4.38
48 Lang Meng (China), 5.18
49 Sigrid Corneo (Slovenia), 7.05
50 Alex Wrubleski (Canada), 7.12
51 Clemilda Silva (Brazil), 8.37
52 Christine Thorburn (United States), 8.44
53 Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand), st.
54 Daniely Del Valle Garcia Buitriag (Venezuela) 11.01
55 Marta Vilajosana (Spain), st.
56 Sara Mustonen (Sweden), st.
57 Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela), st.
58 Sungeun Gu (Korea), 13.35
59 Cherise Taylor (South Africa), 16.09
60 Yumari Gonzalez (Cuba), 19.15
61 Chanpeng Nontasin (Thailand), 19.27
62 Aurelie Halbwachs (Mauritius), 19.47
DNF Heejung Son (Korea)
DNF Vera Carrara (Italy)
DNF Katherine Bates (Australia)
DNF Jennifer Hohl (Switzerland)

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Stage 15 Winner - Gerrans

Stage 15 Winner - Gerrans

The riders faced a rather unpleasant start to the stage 15 with rain, cold and possible snow on the climbs. Four riders escaped the peloton at 15km including Martinez, Pate and Arrieta followed by Gerrans who bridged up a few minutes later. The grouped worked exceptionally well retaining a substantial lead most of the way to the finish. The break had a 12 minutes lead at the base of the final climb which was whittled down to about 4 minutes after the GC guys came in. Arrieta fell off as the break neared the final kilometers. Gerrans craftily accelerated to the line ahead of Martinez and a fading Pate to take the win.

The slippery roads and sharp descents caused many to go down and including the previous Tour

Stage 15 Oscar Pereiro Hits the Deck

Stage 15 Oscar Pereiro Hits the Deck

winner Oscar Pereiro. He lost his line on a hairpin and flipped over a guardrail launching down an embankment to the switchback below. He was originally thought to have broken a femur but it was determined that it was his shoulder bone. As it is, he is out of the Tour. There were other crashes including a massive pavement hugger on both sides of a roundabout at about 50k to go taking down several of the GC contenders.

The real fireworks came as CSC led a blistering attack up the Prato Nevoso led by Andy Schleck of CSC-Saxo Bank. The remainder of the peloton blistered away leaving the Evans, Menchov, Vande Velde, Bernhard Kohl, Valverde, Sastre, Frank Schleck and Andy Schleck, Kreuziger and Sánchez. Menchov attacked this group though he fell allowing the group to regain position. Kohl, Menchov and Sastre eventually escaped with Valverde bridging to get on with a few km left. Menchov fell off the back as the break approached the line. As Cadel and Frank approached the line 30 seconds back, Frank dashed to the line to take the last few seconds to take yellow. It was a very exciting finish

Cavendish bid farewell to the Tour before race start as was widely predicted. He would likely have been competitive at the finish in Paris though the beating of three mountain stages and a time trial might have done him in anyway. The price to play on the final day was just too steep literally. I think prioritizing Beijing was an obvious good choice. He will be missed.

Stage 15 Video Recap: http://tinyurl.com/55bbse

Stage 15 Race Reports:

Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/5g4ssp

Velonews: http://tinyurl.com/56hzza

Versus: http://tinyurl.com/6puz9z

Stage 15 Results:

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Crédit Agricole, 4.50.44 (37.77 km/h)
2 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, 0.03
3 Danny Pate (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, 0.10
4 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale, 0.55
5 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner, 4.03
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, st.
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 4.12
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank, 4.23
9 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 4.41
10 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, 4.43
11 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas, 4.46
12 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, 4.50
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence – Lotto, st.
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 4.58
15 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia, 5.34

Overall Standings:

1 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 63.57.21
2 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner, 0.07
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence – Lotto, 0.08
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank, 0.38
5 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30, 0.39
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC – Saxo Bank, 0.49
7 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia, 2.48
8 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale, 3.36
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne, 4.11
10 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi, 4.34

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