Jeanson's coach blows off a little steam
By RYAN PYETTE -- Winnipeg Sun
SYDNEY - Genevieve Jeanson is considered by many to be the best young cycling
talent in the world.
But after the 19-year-old from Lachine, Que., finished 11th in the women's
seven-lap, 120-km road race yesterday, her coach wondered if she wasn't being
held back from greatness.
Canadians bicker after failing
SYDNEY (CP) -- Genevieve Jeanson's legs began to tire, and she did not go with teammate Lyne Bessette when Bessette made a move for the lead. In that moment, Canada's chance for a medal in the Olympic women's cycling road race vanished.
"There was not enough left in my legs," Jeanson said in explaining why she didn't join Bessette in the charge with six kilometres remaining in the 119.7-kilometre cycling marathon.
Leontien Zijlaard, 30, of the Netherlands completed seven laps of the 17.1-kilometre course in three hours six minutes 30 seconds to earn the gold medal, averaging 38.51 kilometres an hour.
Jeanson a dark horse in the medal race
MONTREAL (CP) -- At the end of a trip to Australia early in the season, cyclist Genevieve Jeanson and coach Andre Aubut found themselves with 700 Aussie dollars left over.
"I said we should go to the bank and change the money, but Genevieve said: 'No, we're going to need it when we come back,' " Aubut recalled recently.
Aubut was pleased, but not surprised at his young charges' cockiness.