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.
Andre Aubut said because the road race depends so much on team tactics, the
Canadians erred in not picking Jeanson, who he views as a faster sprinter than
Winnipeg's Clara Hughes and Lac Brome's Lyne Bessette, to make the final
''We saw it happen again from the countries that won, so it must work,''
said Aubut. ''They planned to set it up so their sprinter could make a move at
''Genevieve is the fastest sprinter of the three right now, and I asked
her, 'How are they going to do the sprint at the end?', and she said, 'Just
like the Canadian championships.'
''That's Hughes, then Bessette, and then Genevieve.
''Fine. But they never came up with a plan if Clara was at the back, and
that's what happened.''
Jeanson felt she could've won a medal if Hughes remained among the leaders.
''Her experience would've helped a lot,'' she said. ''My legs felt good, I
could've made it.
''If I would've changed something, it was at the end. I think I hesitated,
and moved too late. I would have made my move earlier. And that's where Clara
''So many things happen during a race. The plan changes so much.
''But because teams like the Dutch and Australia sent their sprinter ahead,
it was tough.
''In Canada, we don't do that because we don't really have one sprinter
above the rest.''
Aubut was upset because the night before, head coach Eric Van Den Eynde
called a meeting and didn't invite him.
''It was an hour-and-a-half long,'' said Aubut, ''and when Genevieve came
back, I asked her what was said, and she said, 'Not much.' So that means she
wasted an hour-and-a-half of her time.
''I'm a teacher, and when the principal has a meeting, he has a list of
things to talk about. Then asks if there's any questions. Genevieve is
19-years-old. She's not going to say, 'Let's do things my way.' ''