Tour of Montreal
Stage 4 - Final Stage to Arndt, Thorburn takes Tour
Mont St Hilaire - Circuit, 115km
to the unflagging effort made by Christine Thorburn and her Webcor-Platinum
teammates, the American was able to remain cumulative ranking leader and win
the Tour cycliste
du Grand Montréal.
finished fifth in the Mont Saint-Hilaire road stage today with Judith Arndt
of Germany winning the 115 km race in 2 hours 58 minutes 57 seconds. Over 50
km into the race, Thorburn went on a ceaseless chase to catch up to American
Kristin Armstrong (Lipton) (only 12 seconds behind the all-around ranking
leader) and seven other racers in a breakaway that had an over 1 minute lead
on her. The long range breakaway threatened to propel Armstrong to first
place and Olivia Gollan (Nobili) of Australia to second place in the final
only 20 km left, Erinne Willock (Webcor-Platinum) slipped from the breakaway
group to help Thorburn and teammates Felicia Gomez, Betina Hold and Katheryn
Curi. With the pack reforming with 15 km to spare, Trixi Worrack’s team
Nurberger, second in cumulative ranking, tried to control the pack’s head
in order to avoid any breakaways before the finish line. Katie Mactier
pulled ahead 9 seconds, but without success.
was able to place Judith Arndt in a good position to negotiate the final
sprint while Trixi Worrack of Germany and Sigrid Corneo (Nobili) of Italy
finished second and third place, respectively, 1 second behind her.
Worrack finished second in all-around ranking while Judith Arndt jumped from
fifth to third position, thanks to her performance in Mont Saint-Hilaire.
final stage was also worthwhile for Judith Arndt, who managed to take the
point ranking jersey from Olivia Gollan (Nobili) and the best sprinter
jersey from Trixi Worrack. Annette Beutler (Helk Haus) kept her best climber
jersey until the end while Anne Samplonius ended the tour wearing the best
Quebecer jersey despite a fall in the last kilometre of the race. T-Mobile won
the team ranking, followed by Lipton and Webcor-Platinum.
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