Tour of New Zealand 2008 (UCI 2.2)
ITT - 6.5km
Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) dominated the stage 5 individual time
trial, completing the 6.5km course in a time of 9 minutes 38 seconds. Her
team mate Karin Thürig finished in second place just 10 seconds behind
her. Team High Road’s Oenone Wood rounded out the top 3 with a time of 9
minutes 50 seconds.
win placed her 23 seconds up on General Classification going into the
final stage a Criterium in the centre of Wellington city centre.
Spratt (AIS) was the fastest of the U23 riders completing the course in a
time of 10 minutes 20 seconds.
Armstrong (Cervelo-Lifeforce) was
really pleased with her performance in the time trial. “I wanted to make sure that the
yellow leader jersey stayed with me today and the team. The pressure was
really on for me to perform, not in a bad way but I knew I had to put my
game face on. It is a different feeling and pressure today and I knew I
had to focus” said
chatted about the final stage, “This
afternoon should be a good race. Great for the sponsors of the teams and
of course I want to win the yellow jersey for my sponsors Cervelo-Lifeforce”
Thürig (Cervelo-Lifeforce) held first place for a long time but
was very happy to hand over to her team mate Armstrong. “1st and 2nd
is good, very good” said Thürig as she and her team celebrated
Wood (Team High Road) rode
strongly today but could not match the pace of Armstrong round the course.
was pretty difficult out there today” said Wood. “I don’t weigh very
much so I was getting buffeted around in the wind” she added.
Wood was asked
if there was still a chance for her to win the overall and she added, “23
seconds is very difficult for the team but this is bike racing and
anything can happen.”
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