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Worrack warms up with pre-worlds win

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Trixi Worrack from Germany takes out the women's race at the Herald Sun Classic in Buninyong.

Trixi Worrack from Germany takes out the women's race at the Herald Sun Classic in Buninyong. (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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Podium (L-R): Liesilot Decroix, Trixi Worrack and Carla Swart prepare to spray the champers on the podium in Buninyong.

Podium (L-R): Liesilot Decroix, Trixi Worrack and Carla Swart prepare to spray the champers on the podium in Buninyong. (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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The women's peloton corner in-front of the local pub in Buninyong, still around three minutes behind a leading trio.

The women's peloton corner in-front of the local pub in Buninyong, still around three minutes behind a leading trio. (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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The leading quartet head out of the home straight in Buninyong during the women's road race.

The leading quartet head out of the home straight in Buninyong during the women's road race. (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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South African Carla Swart drives the leading quartet along the home straight in Buninyong.

South African Carla Swart drives the leading quartet along the home straight in Buninyong. (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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The peloton roll in beneath the banner in Buninyong, around three minutes behind race winner Trixi Worrack from Germany.

The peloton roll in beneath the banner in Buninyong, around three minutes behind race winner Trixi Worrack from Germany. (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)
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Race winner Trixi Worrack (Germany) salutes the crowd in Buninyong, flanked by Liesilot Decroix (Belgium) and Carla Swart (South Africa).

Race winner Trixi Worrack (Germany) salutes the crowd in Buninyong, flanked by Liesilot Decroix (Belgium) and Carla Swart (South Africa). (Image credit: Shane Goss/licoricegallery.com)

Germany’s Trixi Worrack has warmed up nicely for the UCI World Road Championships in Geelong this week with victory at the Herald Sun Classic in Buninyong, Ballarat. Worrack out-sprinted Belgium’s Liesilot Decroix and South African Carla Swart to take the race held over the Australian National Time-Trial Championship course.

“It was a pretty hard course because of the wind and it was pretty hilly,” Worrack said. “It was really good training [for worlds], although we still have a little jet-lag.”

Speaking of flying Swart suffered some interference from a magpie out on the course. “Trixi and I and the other riders in the break, kind of got attacked by the magpies,” explained Swart. “I don’t know if that’s normal, but apparently it happens to be so.

“You come to Australia to see kangaroos but all I have seen is magpies,” she added. “They kind of remind me of squirrels or possums in America, they are always on the road.”

Worrack broke clear from the peloton on the first lap of the 90 kilometre circuit race with Decroix and opened up a gap of almost one minute before two riders bridged across. Swart and Katheryn Curi-Mattis (USA National Team) joined Worrack and Decroix on the second lap and together the quartet worked at making the race their own.

They eased the margin out to around four minutes before the peloton reacted with a little over two laps to go. The main field was reduced to around 35 riders as the pace increased nearing the finish.

Three riders then managed to kick clear of the peloton and attempted to get across to the leading trio. Judith Arndt, a teammate of Worrack, Great Britain’s Sharyn Laws, who won a silver medal in the road race at the 2008 Australian Road Championships, and Grace Verbeke (Belgium) set out after the leaders.

At the bell lap the gap between the leading four and the chasing three was 48 seconds. In near perfect conditions and with a good crowd gathering down in Buninyong for the finish, the leaders climbed up the Midland Highway holding on to their lead.

It was always going to be difficult to bridge a gap of near a minute, especially when half of the final 16 kilometres is downhill. Worrack comfortably won the sprint to the line with a five second gap back to the chasing three and a further three minutes to the peloton.

The Herald Sun Classic is a good hit-out for riders competing in the world championships. The race acclimatises riders after a few days in the country and can also help with motivation.

Motivation wasn’t required for Worrack however, and although she is unsure on how her she will perform in Geelong, she believes the race is wide open. “Anyone can win,” she said. “But i hope it is someone from Germany.”

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trixi Worrack (Germany)2:26:50
2Liesilot Decroix (Belgium)
3Carla Swart (South Africa)
4Katheryn Curi-Mattis (United States Of America)
5Judith Arndt (Germany)0:00:06
6Sharon Laws (Great Britain)
7Grace Verbeke (Belgium)
9Olena Andruk (Ukraine)0:03:09
10Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)
11Joanne Hogan (Australia)
12Rasa Leleivyté (Lithuania)
13Cath Cheatley (New Zealand)
14Ina-Yoko Teutebberg (Germany)
15Catherine Williams (Great Britain)
16Cherise Taylor (South Africa)
17Nina Ovcharenko (Ukraine)
18Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)
19Vicki Whitelaw (Australia)
20Marissa Van Der Merwe (South Africa)
21Frøydis Meen Waersted (Norway)
22Rachel Neylan (Australia)
23Edwige Pitel (France)
24Theresa Cliff-Ryan (United States Of America)
25Anriette Schoeman (South Africa)
26Christel Ferrier Bruneau (France)
27Loren Rowney (Australia)
28Sophie Creux (France)
29Robin De Groot (South Africa)
30Denise Ramsden (Canada)
31Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)
32Toni Bradshaw (New Zealand)
33Courtney Lowe (New Zealand)
34Hanna Solovey (Ukraine)
35Svetlana Galyuk (Ukraine)
36Zoe Waters (Australia)
37Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium)
38Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)
39Emma Crum (New Zealand)
40Joelle Numainville (Canada)
41Ludivine Henrion (Belgium)
42Inga Cilvinaite (Lithuania)
43Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)
44Marie Lindberg (Sweden)
45Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
46Erinne Willock (Canada)
47Sara Mustonen (Sweden)
48Luise Keller (Germany)
49Carmen Small (United States Of America)
50Laura Luxford (Australia)0:04:05
51Lise Nøstvold (Norway)
52Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine)
53Nathalie Lamborelle (Luxembourg)
54Nikolina Orlic (Australia)0:04:44
55Amanda Spratt (Australia)0:04:46
56Amanda Miller (United States Of America)
57Emilie Moberg (Norway)0:04:58
58Chloe Mcconville (Australia)
59Emma Lawson (Australia)0:05:24
60Katažina Sosna (Lithuania)
61Bridie O'donnell (Australia)0:05:39
62Maja Marukic (Croatia)
63Nicole Whitburn (Australia)
64Angela Mcclure (Australia)0:05:45
65Simone Grounds (Australia)0:05:57
DNFCharlotte Becker (Germany)
DNFSarah Düster (Germany)
DNFRochelle Gilmore (Australia)
DNFChloe Hosking (Australia)
DNFRuth Corset (Australia)
DNFCarla Ryan (Australia)
DNFEdita Janeliunaite (Lithuania)
DNFRebecca Domange (Australia)
DNFVictoria Luxton (Australia)
DNFSarah Riley (Australia)
DNFFelicity Wilson (Australia)
DNFChloe Mcintosh (Australia)
DNFNatalie Langer (Australia)
DNFKendelle Hodges (Australia)
DNFMarites Bitbit (Australia)
DNFDinah Chan (Singapore)
DNFSerene Lee (Singapore)
DNFLizyoung (Australia)
DNFShanice Nitis (Australia)
DNFColleen Ang (Singapore)
DNSClaudia Häusler (Germany)
DNSHanka Kupfernagel (Germany)
DNSLuisa Tamanini (Italy)
DNSNoemi Cantele (Italy)
DNSGiorgia Bronzini (Italy)
DNSTatiann Guderzo (Italy)
DNSMonia Baccaille (Italy)
DNSElena Berlato (Italy)
DNSValentina Carretta (Italy)
DNSEleonora Paruzzo (Italy)
DNSValentina Scandolara (Italy)
DNSRossella Callovi (Italy)
DNSMarta Bastianelli (Italy)
DNSMara Abbott (United States Of America)
DNSKristin Mcgrath (United States Of America)
DNSSinead Miller (United States Of America)
DNSAmber Neben (United States Of America)
DNSEmma Johansson (Sweden)
DNSTiffany Cromwell (Australia)
DNSModesta Vžesniauskaite (Lithuania)
DNSLinda Villumsen (New Zealand)
DNSTara Whitten (Canada)
DNSAnne Samplonius (Canada)
DNSJeannie Longo (France)
DNSNaomi Williams (Australia)
DNSIrene Digenis (Australia)
DNSLisa Jacobs (Australia)

 

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