Tour de l'Aude 2007
The race was neutralised for extra kilometres on Stage 6, due to a motor accident, not related to the race, on the course. However, predictions were that the race would be sedate after the efforts of Stage 5 anyway.
The race was split by an early breakaway by Eva Lutz (Nürnberger), Linda Villumsen (T-Mobile), Loës Gunnewijk (Flexpoint) and Andrea Thürig (Bigla). They led over a small climb in the course, then were caught after gaining just under 20 seconds on the bunch.
A solo attempt by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (T-Mobile) was then allowed to stay away for a short distance, before she too went back into the bunch.
The break which created the race winner started as an attack by "birthday-girl", Jo Kiesanowski (Raleigh), Linda Villumsen (T-Mobile) and Loës Gunnewijk (Flexpoint). The three stayed away until about thirty kilometres to go, when a counter attack caught them. the leaders became Kiesanowski, Villumsen, Gunnewijk, Bubnenkova (Fenixs), Martissova (AS Team FRW) and Marlen Johrend (Germany). This group worked through to the finish and then with acceleration after acceleration, Kiesanowski and Villumsen found themselves off the front, ready to sprint for the stage win.
As they came into sight, Kiesanowski and Villumsen were neck-and-neck, but in the final few metres, Villumsen pulled ahead. She crossed the line with a one-handed victory salute and a cheer. Kiesanowski was visibly disappointed.
Loës Gunnewijk came in alone to take third place and then Svetlana Bubnenkova won the sprint for fourth.
The race lead didn't change, Judith Arndt (T-Mobile) didn't change her lead over Susanne Ljungskog (Flexpoint), this remained at 18 seconds. Trixi Worrack (Nürnberger) also stayed at 43 seconds in third place
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