Race Overview and Write-up
Trust House Women's Cycle Tour & World Cup Round 2
2 March - 4 March
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Stage Review - Masterton Criterium
blistering last two laps saw the main field almost haul in a long-standing
break of five in this afternoon’s criterium stage of the Trust House
Women’s Cycle Tour of New Zealand.
but not quite.
the line the break still held an advantage of four seconds – down from
30 seconds with two laps to go. That saw an all-European podium with
Susanne Ljungskog of Sweden besting Germans Trixi Worrack and Sarah Duster
for the top three places.
break had maintained a steady lead of 30-40 seconds, or half the winding
circuit, since the mid-point of the hour-long race. Bearing in mind the
speed at which the gap was shut down, there were obviously plenty of
riders happy to let the five burn off steam - and contest the sprints.
rider Susie Wood, representing the Mizone New Zealand B team, collected
enough points to jump into second spot in the final sprints
classification. Fellow kiwi Melissa Holt wasn’t in the break but won the
classification anyway, having taken one point in the early laps of the
Thanks to the speed of the final laps, the morning’s breakaways Nicole Freedman, Katie brown and Miho Oki held onto their top three places on GC with virtually no change to their time buffer.
By JIM ROBINSON (Trust House Tour)
Results - Stage 3
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