Tour of Montreal
Rigaud Circuit 117.8km
Gollan (Nobili) of Australia won the second stage of the Tour
cycliste du Grand Montréal in Rigaud
at the end of a 3 hour, 12 minute and 1 second race, coming in scarcely
2 seconds ahead of 14 breakaway racers who rode alongside her in the last 25
Germans, Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) and Trixi Worrack (Nurnberger Versicherung)
came in second and third, respectively, at the end of the 117.8 km race,
fought on a road circuit that favoured breakaways in the last 30 kilometres.
Christine Thorburn, coming in ninth, also 2 seconds behind the winner, keeps
the yellow jersey as individual ranking leader in the Tour cycliste du Grand Montréal. Thanks to bonus points accumulated
during the intermediary and finishing sprints, Trixi Worrack moved up two
spots, from fourth to second position in cumulative ranking. American
Kristin Armstrong (Lipton) remains in third place, having finished
fourteenth in the stage, but with the same time as the breakaway racers.
breakaway by Élodie Touffet (Nobili) of France in the third lap really made
hostility break out in the pack. Eventually accompanied by Xiangyin Ruan
(Giant), they widened the gap to 50 seconds. However, Touffet was not truly
a threat given that her performance in the Lachine time trial put her 1
minute, 23 seconds behind. The yellow jersey team, Webcor-Platinum, and
Lipton, ranking second and third, joined efforts to catch up to the
breakaway racers, doing so in the second to last loop of the race. Briefly
pulling away from the pack, Canadian Erinne Willock, Thorburn’s teammate,
did not get more than a 20 second lead for a short time. It is on a
counterattack that the good breakaway group formed with 15 racers, all
favourites. The group finished at the same time, all except for Olivia
Gollan, pulling ahead over one kilometre from the finish line to win the
Gollan holds the point ranking jersey, only one point ahead of Trixi Worrack
and two points ahead of Judith Arndt. Worrack earned the best sprinter
jersey, seven points ahead of Gollan and nine points ahead of Rochelle
Gilmore (Colorado Premier Training). A first and second position in the
mountain sprint won Annette Beutler (Elk Haus) the best climber jersey.
road circuit’s design favoured gaps in the pack and many team ranking
changes occurred. Team Lipton and Webcor-Platinum are still in first and
second position, respectively. However, Victor Brewing fell to sixth place,
while T-Mobile moved up one spot to third place.
The Tour du Grand Montréal continues Wednesday with the third stage, a 50 km criterium race in Montreal’s Little Italy district, starting at 7:15 p.m.
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