The UCI Women’s Elite Road World Cup will continue its route on Sunday with the fourth race in the programme, which will take place in Montreal, Canada.

Following her success in the Flèche Wallonne, the young Canadian Geneviève Jeanson, twice Junior World Champion in Treviso and Verona will be the undoubted star of a race which was included in the main women’s event organised by the UCI at the beginning of 1998.

The Mont Royal circuit is well-known and appreciated in the cycling world, with a climb of almost 2 km, the top of which is one hundred metres from the finish. It was also the venue of the World Championships in 1974, the Olympic Games in 1976, and four editions of the men’s World Cup race between 1988 and 1992. Amongst the participants of this great women’s cycling
classic, almost all the best athletes of the season will be present. Geneviève Jeanson, the ‘local girl’, shall have to prepare herself to face some very highly-qualified and tough competition.

In this respect, amongst some of her most fierce opponents will be the Lithuanian Diana Ziluite, who rode to victory in the sprint in the Primavera Rosa. The World Champion in Valkenburg and winner of the 1999 World Cup, is currently at the top of the general ranking owing to her fourth place in the Flèche, where she proved to be in excellent form. As always, Ziluite will be able to count on the strong support of her team Acca Due-O-Lorena, which will also include the Polikeviciute sisters and Mario Clignet.

Having set the Olympic Games in Sydney as her main target for 2000, the Australian Anna Wilson, the current World Cup title-holder, did not take part in the first European competitions after her victory in the first race of this series in Canberra. This Sunday, however, she will be back in the peloton full of ambition.

Montreal will therefore present a whole host of great favourites, including Mirjam Melchers (NED), Pia Sunsted (FIN), second in Belgium, Mirella Van Melis (NED), beaten only by Wilson in Australia, and Alessandra Cappellotto (ITA).

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