2008 UCI Road World Championships – Women's road race

2008 UCI Road World Championships

Participating nations
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Elite road race   men   women
Elite time trial   men   women
Under-23 events
Under-23 road race   men  
Under-23 time trial   men  

The women's road race of the 2008 UCI Road World Championships cycling event took place on 27 September in Varese, Italy. The course comprised eight laps around a 17.35-kilometre route, making a total distance of 138.8 km. Each lap featured two ascents: the first at Montello (6.5% gradient for 1.15 kilometres); and the second at Ronchi (4.5% for 3.13 kilometres). The race included a total of 1,937 metres of climbing.[1][2]

Pre-race favourites included Varese local rider Noemi Cantele and her team mates Tatiana Guderzo and Giorgia Bronzini, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands, Judith Arndt of Germany (champion in 2004), reigning Olympic champion Nicole Cooke and silver medallist Emma Johansson. Notably missing from the start list was Marta Bastianelli, reigning champion from 2007, who was awaiting a verdict on a non-negative drug test result in July 2008.[3]

The race was won by Great Britain's Nicole Cooke, with Marianne Vos and Judith Arndt finishing with the same time, second and third respectively. Cooke was the first British woman to win the race since Mandy Jones in 1982.[4]

The race

Not long after the race began, a Swedish rider brought down the front row of the peloton when her tyres slipped on some painted letters on the road. Christine Thorburn was also brought down in a crash, when she was squeezed up against a fence. Although she was not severely injured and did attempt to chase the bunch, she failed to make contact and did not finish.[5]

A group of thirteen riders soon broke away from the main group, driven mainly by the American Kristin Armstrong. They gained 25 seconds on the field but were pulled back by the Dutch and British teams with one lap to go.[5] As soon as the break was caught, Marianne Vos launched a counter-attack on the Montello climb, Nicole Cooke, Judith Arndt, Trixi Worrack and Emma Johansson, and Susanne Ljungskog joined her in what was to become the winning break. Ljungskog's chances ended when she punctured, leaving five in the break.[4]

Worrack and Vos attacked on the final hill, but were brought back to the break with 2 km to go. The race finished with a sprint, Vos took the lead before being overtaken by Cooke just before the finish line. Arndt struggled to match their speed in the sprint, she was nearly caught out by a late surge by Johansson, but eventually crossed the line in third place.[4]

Final classification

Rank Rider Country Time
Nicole Cooke  Great Britain 3h 42'11"
Marianne Vos  Netherlands s.t.
Judith Arndt  Germany s.t.
4 Emma Johansson  Sweden at 5"
5 Trixi Worrack  Germany at 11"
6 Diana Žiliūtė  Lithuania at 1'47"
7 Marta Vilajosana Andreu  Spain s.t.
8 Joanne Kiesanowski  New Zealand s.t.
9 Alex Wrubleski  Canada s.t.
10 Yuliya Martisova  Russia s.t.
11 Claudia Häusler  Germany s.t.
12 Chantal Beltman  Netherlands s.t.
13 Linda Villumsen  Denmark s.t.
14 Giorgia Bronzini  Italy s.t.
15 Nikki Egyed  Australia s.t.
16 Grace Verbeke  Belgium s.t.
17 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli  France s.t.
18 Edita Pučinskaitė  Lithuania s.t.
19 Christiane Soeder  Austria s.t.
20 Maryline Salvetat  France s.t.
21 Kaytee Boyd  New Zealand s.t.
22 Amber Neben  United States s.t.
23 Małgorzata Jasińska  Poland s.t.
24 Siobhan Dervan  Ireland s.t.
25 Laura Lorenza Morfin Macouzet  Mexico s.t.
26 Monia Baccaille  Italy s.t.
27 Rasa Polikevičiūtė  Lithuania s.t.
28 Sharon Laws  Great Britain s.t.
29 Tatiana Guderzo  Italy s.t.
30 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel  Netherlands s.t.
31 Susanne Ljungskog  Sweden s.t.
32 Modesta Vžesniauskaitė  Lithuania at 1'56"
33 Natalia Boyarskaya  Russia s.t.
34 Jolanta Polikevičiūtė  Lithuania s.t.
35 Emma Pooley  Great Britain s.t.
36 Anna Sanchis Chafer  Spain s.t.
37 Noemi Cantele  Italy at 1'59"
38 Zinaida Stahurskaya  Belgium at 4'54"
39 Kristin Armstrong  United States at 4'56"
40 Alexandra Burchenkova  Russia at 5"24"
41 Elizabeth Armitstead  Great Britain s.t.
42 Rosane Kirch  Brazil at 6'08"
43 Grete Treier  Estonia at 6'11"
44 Maja Adamsen  Denmark s.t.
45 Oxana Kozonchuk  Russia s.t.
46 Clemilda Fernandes Silva  Brazil s.t.

Rank Rider Country Time
47 Karine Gautard  France s.t.
48 Erinne Willock  Canada s.t.
49 Lieselot Decroix  Belgium s.t.
50 Sereina Trachsel   Switzerland s.t.
51 Martina Růžičková  Czech Republic s.t.
52 Eneritz Iturriaga Echevarria  Spain s.t.
53 Vicki Whitelaw  Australia s.t.
54 Edwige Pitel  France s.t.
55 Paulina Brzeźna  Poland s.t.
56 Marissa van der Merwe  South Africa s.t.
57 Monika Grzebinoga  Poland s.t.
58 Liesbet De Vocht  Belgium s.t.
59 Daniela Pintarelli  Austria s.t.
60 Julie Beveridge  Canada s.t.
61 Jessica Allen  Great Britain s.t.
62 Suzanne de Goede  Netherlands s.t.
63 Oenone Wood  Australia s.t.
64 Carla Ryan  Australia s.t.
65 Tatiana Antoshina  Russia s.t.
66 Patricia Schwager   Switzerland s.t.
67 Kori Kelley Seehafer  United States s.t.
68 Monika Schachl  Austria at 6'16"
69 Rosara Joseph  New Zealand s.t.
70 Fabiana Luperini  Italy s.t.
71 Charlotte Becker  Germany s.t.
72 Luise Keller  Germany s.t.
73 Oksana Kashchyshyna  Ukraine at 9'22"
74 Verónica Leal Balderas  Mexico s.t.
75 Sylwia Kapusta  Poland at 12'14"
76 Anriette Schoeman  South Africa at 13'17"
77 Sigrid Corneo  El Salvador s.t.
78 Felicia Greer  Canada s.t.
79 Jennifer Hohl   Switzerland s.t.
80 Élodie Touffet  France s.t.
81 Rasa Leleivytė  Lithuania s.t.
82 Miho Oki  Japan at 17'50"
83 Yevheniya Vysotska  Ukraine at 20'20"
84 Laure Werner  Belgium at 22'02"
85 Mirjam Hauser-Senn   Switzerland s.t.
86 Julie Krasniak  France at 27'51"
87 Chrissie Viljoen  South Africa at 28'39"
88 Lynette Burger  South Africa s.t.
89 Magdalena Zamolska  Poland s.t.
90 Inga Čilvinaitė  Lithuania s.t.
91 Alyona Andruk  Ukraine s.t.

Did not finish

45 riders failed to finish the race. Mayuko Hagiwara of Japan was disqualified, and Grassi Herrera of Mexico did not start the race.


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  2. "Cooke leads GB Worlds challenge". BBC Sport. 2008-09-22. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23.
  3. "World Championships countdown, Varese, Italy : Home girls favourites in Varese". Cyclingnews. 2008-09-20. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 "75th World Championships – CM Varese, Italy, September 23–28, 2008". Cyclingnews. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
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