Tour de l'Aude 2008
Lezignan Corbieres 111km
This transition stage between the climbs yesterday and the Pyrenean "queen" stage 4 was relatively flat. A circuit around the villages close to Carcassonne provided some narrow roads for the bunch to negotiate.
The major break of the day was made by Angela Brodtka (DSB Bank), she escaped in the latter part of the stage and quickly gained almost a minute on the chasing group. The bunch were further behind at this point. In the chasing group was Zoulfia Zabirova (Bigla), who was attentive at the front all day.
Within the final 20 kilometres, the bunch caught the chasing group. But a brave move by Zabirova saw her bridge across to Brodtka. The Kazakhstan road champion was able to leave Brodtka on the way in to the finish at Lezignan Corbieres and finished solo. Brodtka was able to stay away and finished second. Diane Ziliute (Lithuania) led the bunch around the final, 90 degree, corner at 150 metres to go. She took the wide line, kept on going because she was able to maintain more of her speed into the corner and managed to take third.
Judith Arndt (High Road) finished in the bunch and held on to her race leader's yellow jersey. The other competition leaders remained unchanged too : Ljungskog; points, Holler, sprints, Hausler; young rider, Laws; mountains.
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General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
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