Tour of Montreal
Stage 3 - Kate Bates takes criterium, Christine Thorburn still in yellow
Petite Italie Criterium 50km
Bates of Australia won the third stage of the Tour cycliste du Grand Montréal on Wednesday in front of thousands
of spectators gathered in spite of the rain around Montreal’s Little Italy
circuit. She pulled ahead of her three breakaway companions, Alexandra Le
Henaff (Pruneaux d’agen – Bianchi), Christina Ruiter and Élodie Touffet
(Nobili), in a sprint, gaining an over 40 second lead on the pack.
away in the 23rd lap, the four racers took advantage of their
respective team’s work to slow the pack. Rain that began to fall a short
time after mid-race also required the racers to ride carefully. In this way,
the leaders maintained a gap that never fell under 40 seconds.
Wood (Nurnberger), Ina Teutenberg (T-Mobile) and Kori Seehafer (Lipton)
broke away in the 5th lap of the race, but this only lasted few
laps. Their move raised the alarm in the ranking favourites, who did not
look favourably upon the fact that Seehafer, only 8 seconds behind the
general ranking leader, could so easily steal the yellow jersey.
remarkable Alex Wrubleski of Canada once again won fame by leading the pack
in a beautiful sprint, in fifth position behind two high calibre sprinters,
Oenone Wood and Rochelle Gilmore (Colorado Premier Training).
Thorburn of the United States (Webcore-Platinum) keeps the yellow jersey as
individual ranking leader, followed by Trixi Worrack of Germany (Nurnberger)
at 8 seconds and Kori Seehafer (Lipton) at 9 seconds.
Gollan of Australia (Nobili) keeps the jersey as point ranking leader while
Trixi Worrack keeps the jersey as sprint ranking leader. The queen of the
mountain jersey obviously remains Annette Beutler’s (Helk Haus) while Anne
Samplonius keeps the best Quebecer jersey after three stages.
The racers are heading to the South Shore of Montreal, in Mont Saint-Hilaire, in order to battle out the fourth and last stage of the Tour cycliste du Grand Montréal, a 115 km race that will start at 4:15 p.m. in front of the Centre de la nature du Mont Saint-Hilaire.
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