Printed: Monday, February 14, 2005
World Inline Cup Basel
   Special Report Basel, SWI
   Saturday, May 03, 2003


Angle Vaudan Wins her First Grand Prix of the Season in the City of Basel

The Rollerblade Men Took the Podium, but not First Place

 

Story by Vincent Esnault, Team Rollerblade France
Photos: Iguana Think Tank AG

The city of Basel, Switzerland, welcomed the third stop of the World Inline Cup 2003. After 30 km of a technical inter-city race, Rollerblade World managed to come back on the front ground of the skating scene with Angle Vaudan and the mens team.

After two marathons in the womens category, Adelia Marra (Fila International) has shown that she is a very serious competitor this year. She was still the favourite for the 30 km in Basel. The circuit was a 5 km loop in the middle of the city, around the Rhine. It was quite technical but also physical and finally very fast. The numerous curves and the two main up hills appeared like obstacles and were indeed selective for the entire womens pack. Quickly, they were reduced to just twenty. The Salomon and Roces team went many times ahead in order to lead and prevent a massive sprint. But Verduccis Theresa Cliff and the Fila girls managed to stay attentive. The Rollerblade team accomplished very hard work to place Angle in good position for the final sprint. She was the most efficient to take the win in a sprint because Silvia was racing with the handicap of her fall in Seoul and Laura stayed in Italy to participate at the national championships. And, Angle did it! In a long but sustained acceleration, she imposed herself right before Adelia Marra, on the Mittelbrcke bridge of Basel. Silvia took a good fourth place and Ashley finished a little bit behind. Tanya Dobbin and Frnzi Stampfli came on in the little peloton just ahead of the mass arrival and showed their capacities on the international level too.

The mens course was very fast but forty skaters participated at the final sprint. The Rollerblade, Salomon and SportXX teams sustained a high tempo all the way long in order to control it. During the five laps of the program, no one could escape, except Mikal Lannezval (Doby) and Roger Schneider (VW SportXX), three kilometres before the arrival. Schneider gave it up and Lannezval unfortunately fell because of a motorcycle in the last two kilometres. At that moment, it was Massimiliano Presti (Salomon) who engaged the acceleration, with the entire team of Rollerblade following him. The boys engaged their tactics with perfect timing. Wouter, Kalon and Shane did substantial work and managed to stay in front of the pack even if it was Jorge in the best position for taking the win. Then, at the very last moment, Pascal Briand (Salomon) came back out of nowhere and passed them all on the line. Finally, Jorge finished second, Kalon third, Wouter fourth, Arnaud wearing the Helvetia Patria team uniform took fifth and Shane sixth. A good shot for a Grand Prix race! Fabien, after providing long and patient team work, finished on his own.

Though the general rankings are not much altered, the Rollerblade team has come back at an important moment. With Jorge and Angle, and the other skaters in the top ten, they are now sure to play a good part for the rest of the season. Till the end of May, Rollerblade will show it at Rennes and Bern!

Top Finishers:

Men

  1. Pascal Briand (France, Saab Salomon World)
  2. Jorge Botero (Colombia, Rollerblade World)
  3. Kalon Dobbin (New Zeland, Rollerblade World)
  4. Wouter Hebbrecht (Belgium, Rollerblade World)
  5. Arnaud Gicquel (France, Helvetia Patria Rollerblade)
  6. Shane Dobbin (New Zeland, Rollerblade World)
Women
  1. Angle Vaudan (France, Rollerblade World)
  2. Adelia Marra (Italy, Fila International)
  3. Theresa Cliff (USA, Verducci International)
  4. Silvia Nino (Colombia, Rollerblade World)
  5. Andrea Haritchelhar (Argentina, Roces International)
  6. Nathalie Barbotin (France, Saab Salomon World)
  7. Cinzia Ponzetti (Italia, Fila Mentos)
  8. Ashley Horgan (USA, Rollerblade World)

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