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Stage 5

ITT - 6.5km


Race Writeup

Kristin 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.

Armstrong’s win placed her 23 seconds up on General Classification going into the final stage a Criterium in the centre of Wellington city centre.

Amanda Spratt (AIS) was the fastest of the U23 riders completing the course in a time of 10 minutes 20 seconds.

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Post Race Comments

Kristin 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 Armstrong.

Armstrong 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” added Armstrong.

Karin 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 the win.

Oenone Wood (Team High Road) rode strongly today but could not match the pace of Armstrong round the course. “It 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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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Time
1 Kristin Armstrong CLP 9.39
2 Karin Thurig CLP 0.10
3 Oenone Wood THR 0.12
4 Judith Arndt THR 0.2
5 Trixi Worrack NUR 0.23
6 Erinne Willock WBC 0.25
7 Linda Villumsen THR 0.26
8 Alison Powers USA 0.28
9 Bridie O'Donnell AUS 0.34
10 Susanne Ljungskog MSI 0.35

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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC

Position Name Team
1 Kristin Armstrong CLP 11.18.331
2 Oenone Wood THR 0.23
3 Erinne Willock WBC 2.02
4 Judith Arndt THR 2.25
5 Trixi Worrack NUR "
6 Ruth Corset TBK 2.26
7 Miho Oki MSI 2.53
8 Carla Ryan AUS 3.03
9 Christina Rutter USA 3.12
10 Sharon Laws TBK 3.40

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Photos   Click on any image to enlarge >>

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