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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.

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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)


The Olympic Time Trial is to be held on Aug 13th. The women’s time trial is first starting at 11:30am

Kristan Armstrong

Kristen Armstrong

followed by the men’s at 1:30pm. There are 25 in the women’s field and 40 in the men’s. I have yet to find a start list but will post when it becomes available. The back drop for the course is nothing less than the Great Wall of China. It should be epic.

The time trial course follows the same circuit from the road race. The women will complete one circuit and the men will do two loops. The time trial loop is extremely difficult featuring a 1200+ft climb over 8.7 mile saw tooth path with grades as high as 10%. The circuit accent is followed by a short roller then an 5 mile descent to the valley bottom.

2008 Olympic Time Trial Elevation Profile

2008 Olympic Time Trial Elevation Profile

As with the road course the time trial course will again favor climbers. Expect riders to opt for the lightest configurations permissible rather than disc or deep dish wheels. There is no point to hauling any more weight than necessary up the mountain. Those climbers with time trialing skills will likely fair best. I would expect to see GC level contenders rise to the top over one day race specialists. Riders  like Levi, Schumacher, Cadel, and Kirchen should do well. In the women’s field I expect the defending TT world champion Hanker Kupfernagel to do. Kristen Armstrong of the US and Christian Soeder of Austria, who also finished on the podium at worlds, will be interesting to watch too.

Short list of Time Trial Competitors:

Kristen Armstrong, US
Christine Thorburn, US
Hanker Kupfernagel, GER
Christian Soeder, AUS
Maria Isabel Moreno, SPA
Nicole Cooke, GB

Levi Leipheimer, US
David Zabriskie, US
Kim Kirchen, LX
Steve Cummings, GB
Michael Rogers, AU
Cadel Evans, AU
Stefan Schumacher, GER
Ryder Hesjedal, CAN
Fabian Cancellara, SWI
Alberto Contador, SPA
Denis Menchov, RUS
Marcus Ljungqvist, SWE
Gustav Larsson, SWE

News Articles About Time Trial

Dave Zabriskie, Cycling News
Kristin Armstrong Article New York Times
Kristin Armstrong Article Yahoo Sports

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