Tour de l'Aude
Arques - Rennes Les Bains - 99km
An early break, which went away on the 'sticky' uphill section before the Col du Paradis really began to bite, stayed away until the end of this 99km stage with four 1st category climbs. Svetlana Bubnenkova (Colnago Fenixs) is credited with driving the group onwards, certainly she led up the climbs and was able to retain her blue, mountains leader jersey.
The American support staff were upbeat about Fleury's chances of the stage win as they waited for the finish. Their predictions proved correct, as the small group of survivors sprinted into view over the crest of the slightly steeper uphill section into Rennes les Bains, Fleury was ahead. She managed to stay ahead too - seeing off the last challenges by Jo Kiesanowski (Univega) and Suzanne De Goede. There was no victory salute, just a smile as she crossed the line. The smile was replicated by Lauren Franges and Christina Ruiter, Fluery's team-mates, as they crossed the line, having been told that the USA had taken the stage win.....
Suzanne De Goede found herself in the break, which she did not expect to stay away. She was expecting to work for team-mate Theresa Senff, the AA Drink team's favoured rider for the general classification competition. However, as the race developed, she found herself in the position of race leader on the road. De Geode was pleased with the yellow, race leader's jersey. But, like Priska Doppmann yesterday, was realistic about her chances of keeping it with more mountain stages to come.
French interest in the race was reignited by the ride of Maryline Salvetat, who fought her back into the leading group after losing contact on the final climb. She finished just behind Fleury and the sprinters, in sixth place, 8 seconds down. She is now in third place overall, 33 seconds behind Suzanne De Goede.
Photos Click on any image to enlarge >>
Want to contact WomensCycling.net?
The WomensCycling.net email address is
To contact the webmaster, the address is :
Type this address into the "To" line of a new email message in your email programme.
The WomensCycling.net email address is displayed as a graphic in order to reduce the amount of 'spam' email received from programmes which 'crawl' the internet for sites with addresses displayed in text and then overwhelm that address with junk, or even forge the address in junk messages that they generate and send to others. Sorry for any inconvenience this approach causes you.
WomensCycling.net 2004, 2005, 2006 ©