The 9th GP Oberbaselbiet took place today in the picturesque Swiss village of Zunzgen. The highlight of the day for me was the morning’s élite women’s race, which was contested by a high calibre field which included several world-class women cyclists.
The final results looked like this, with first place going to the highly rated Belarusian Alena Amialiusik of the Be Pink team: 1st Alena Amialiusik (23), 2nd Hanka Kupfernagel (1), 3rd Linda Indergand (46).
The confusing finish is described here in an excellent local newspaper report.
Disappointingly, previous winner Emma Pooley was reportedly feeling under the weather from the start and despite driving the chasing group hard for most of the race, had to settle for a lower placing. Similarly, Sabine Spitz suffered a puncture which essentially put her out of the running.
Talking of running, former duathlete Pooley evidently made a quick recovery after the race as she is now leading the arduous 5-Tage Berglauf-Cup and looks to be well on the way to achieving a record-breaking victory in this event. Following her success earlier in the year in the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon, it looks like she may be considering a return to top level triathlon and possibly even Ironman endurance races.
Note added on Friday 16th August: she won!
Note added on Tuesday 27th August: here’s a recent report on this event.
The full results are reported here.