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Trust House Women’s Cycling Tour of New Zealand 2007

 

WCN quicklink >>   Stage 6    Stage 6 Full   Stage 5   Stage 5 Full     Stage 4    Stage 4 Full   Stage 3    Stage 3 Full    Stage 2   Stage 2 Full    Stage 1   Stage 1 Full

                             Startlist Announced for Tour    Australians send 2 teams across the Tasman    Sarah Ulmer & NZ team sign up    

                             Cheerwine on the way   T-Mobile to Wellington     Flexpoint confirm

Previous coverage of the Tour of New Zealand in Wellington  >>  2010   2009    2008    2007    2006    2005  

      

On this page >>  Write-up      Comments     Results      General Classification     Photos

 

 

Stage 1

Lower Hutt Criterium, 35km 

 

Race Writeup

A warm, but typically windy day greeted the riders for Stage 1 of the 2007 Tour of New Zealand. On a course which started and finished outside the TV studios near Lower Hutt, the race was guaranteed good media coverage. local spectators and cycling fans also turned out to cheer on the riders, including the ever-popular Sarah Ulmer.

A series of attacks saw various small groups of riders gain small advantages on the bunch, but with a strong T-Mobile watching over affairs to ensure a that one of their sprinters would be in the final gallop, there wasn't too much space given to anyone. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg herself chased a couple of the breakaways down, also evident at the front at various points were Judith Arndt and Alexis Rhodes.

Nikki Egyed (AIS) rode a good race, placing in each of the sprints and taking the sprinter's jersey into Stage 2.

With 10 minutes of the 1 hour plus 3 laps race remaining, a group got away which contained riders from the bigger teams: Egyed (AIS), Teutenberg and  Arndt (T-Mobile), Kiesanowski (NZ), Charlotte Becker (GER), Hobson, van Gilder and Cheatley (all Cheerwine), plus Ljungskog and Gunnewijk (Team Flexpoint). 

The group rode steadily and maintained their gap on the bunch to the finish, despite some hard riding from the Australian National team, in particular, Olivia Gollan to try to reduce their advantage.

The sprint took up the width of the finishing straight, until it took on an arrowhead formation as Teutenberg got past a tiring Kiesanowski to win ahead of van Gilder and Charlotte Becker. 

Teutenberg takes the race leader's jersey into Stage 2. It is her first time in yellow, depsite several wins, including two in the 2006 event.

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Post Race Comments

Ina-Yoko Teutenberg - "Its good to be back [in Wellington]. I was pleased with the win," On whether she could carry the leader's jersey over the hilly stage to the finish in Wellington on Sunday, she commented with a grin, "I can wear it up the climb, but I don't know if I'll have it on the other side!"

 

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Place Surname / Name Team Time/Gap
1 TEUTENBERG INA-YOKO TMO 01:10:14
2 VAN GILDER LAURA CHE @ST
3 BECKER CHARLOTTE GER @ST
4 KIESANOWSKI JOANNE TRH @ST
5 LJUNGSKOG SUSANNE FLE @ST
6 ARNDT JUDITH TMO @ST
7 EGYED NIKKI AUS @ST
8 HOBSON LEIGH CHE @ST
9 GUNNEWIJK LOES FLE @ST
10 CHEATLEY CATHERINE CHE @ST

 

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Place Surname  / Name Team Time/Gap
1 TEUTENBERG INA-YOKO TMO 01:10:04
2 VAN GILDER LAURA CHE 01:10:06
3 BECKER CHARLOTTE GER 01:10:08
4 KIESANOWSKI JOANNE TRH 01:10:10
5 LJUNGSKOG SUSANNE FLE 01:10:14
6 ARNDT JUDITH TMO @ST
7 EGYED NIKKI AUS @ST
8 HOBSON LEIGH CHE @ST
9 GUNNEWIJK LOES FLE @ST
10 CHEATLEY CATHERINE CHE @ST

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

CJ1_1540 CJ1_1541 CJ1_1544 CJ1_1843 CJ2_1627
CJ2_1641 CJ2_1675 CJ2_1683 CJ2_1711 CJ2_1717
CJ2_1726 CJ2_1730 CJ2_1731 CJ2_1743 CJ2_1745
CJ2_1747 CJ2_1753 CJ2_1800 CJ2_1833 CJ2_1839
CJ2_1930 CJ2_1950 CJ2_1960 CJ2_1995 CJ2_2042
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