Jeanson wins Tour de Snowy
COOMA, Australia (CP) -- Quebec teenager Genevieve Jeanson earned her first major victory at
the senior level yesterday, winning the nine-stage Tour de Snowy women's
The 18-year-old from Lachine, Que., finished the 478-kilometre race in 13
hours 41 minutes.
"A lot of people felt it would be a big step up for Genevieve to race at
this level despite her wins (last year) at the world juniors," said
31-year-old Anne Samplonius, a Canadian team veteran who finished 31st
overall. "Her victory here shows that she has what it takes. At that it's
incredible at her age. She's a talented rider."
Tracey Gaudry finished second ahead of fellow Australian Anna Wilson.
The competition ended yesterday with two stages held in cold, damp weather.
Jeanson finished 32nd in the 97-kilometre opener and 18th in the final
30-kilometre criterium, which was nearly cancelled because of heavy rainfall.
The victory means that Jeanson, who won two golds at the world junior
championships last year, needs only one more top-eight international result to
become eligible for the Olympics. She'll still have to make the Canadian team
at trials later this summer.
Vancouver's Sandy Espeseth was 14th.
The Canadian team is back in action Sunday at the World Cup opener in