Tour of New Zealand 2008 (UCI 2.2)
Wellington City Criterium
Teutenberg (Team High Road) repeated her victory of 2007 to win the final
stage of the New Zealand Community Trust tour.
controlled the front of the peloton for the first few laps completing the
750m course in 1 minute 17 seconds before the first attacks started. A
group of twelve riders got away including two riders from Team USA, Alison
Powers and Lauren Franges, two from Cervélo-Lifeforce, Sarah Duster and
the tour leader Kristin Armstrong. Team High Road reacted quickly to close
the small gap that had formed. Judith Arndt moved to the front and showed
why people call her the ‘Motorbike”, her speed was unreal and the gap
was closed within 50m. With the field together, Cervélo-Lifeforce took
sheer pace of the race ensured that the bunch was strung out causing a
number of riders to fall back from the main peloton. The race split into
three groups as they reached the 26 minutes completed mark, Teutenberg
attacked the field and took 5 other riders with her into the winning break
for the day. Included in the break were; Sarah Duster (Cervélo-Lifeforce),
Brooke Miller (USA), Lorian Graham (Vrienden van het Platteland), Alex
Wrubleski (Webcor Builders) and Suzanne De Geode (Équipe Nürnberger).
peloton were behind the leaders by 38 seconds and at one point were only
15 seconds from being caught by the break. Armstrong was very vocal at the
front of the peloton to the other American rider next to her as they
crossed the start/finish area explaining that it they were caught they
would be pulled. Almost immediately a number of her team moved to the
front, joined by Team USA and the pace picked up.
38 minutes completed the gap between the leaders and the peloton was at 30
seconds. Leonie Burford (MB Cycles) attacked the peloton and gained a
small gap before she was caught again by the bunch led again by Team High
Road’s Linda Villumsen.
45 minutes completed the leading group had a 38 second lead on the
chasers. As the main peloton crossed the start/finish area Oenone Wood
(Team High Road) and Trixi Worrack (Équipe Nürnberger) attacked. They
did not get too far away however as Cervélo-Lifeforce moved Priska
Doppmann to the front to close the gap. As the peloton caught their
breath, Linda Villumsen (Team High Road) attacked and managed to gain a
gap of 19 seconds very quickly. She was joined by Katherine Carroll (Team
USA) who caught Villumsen and went straight past her to chase down the
leaders. Villumsen chased her back and the pair made touch with the
leading group with 58 minutes of racing completed.
three laps to go the leading group was 24 seconds ahead of the peloton. At
the bell Villumsen moved to the front to keep the pace high for her team
they crossed the line, Teutenberg sprinted clear of De Geode and Duester
rolled in for third.
overall tour leader Kristin Armstrong (Cervélo-Lifeforce) rolled in with
the bunch, Oenone Wood (Team High Road) finished second and Erinne Willock
(Webcor Builders) finished in third.
Graham (Vrienden van het Platteland) had already secured the QOM jersey,
Carla Ryan (AIS) was a clear leader in the U23 category and Katherine
Carroll (Team USA) completed the line up winning the Lithoprint Sprint
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