Tour de l'Aude 2008
With rain and two topographical difficulties, the 9th and final stage of the Tour de l'Aude-the shortest, with its 71-km was one of the hardest contested.
The day saw the success of Judith Arndt, confirmation of the overall victory of Susanne Ljungskog and the return to 3rd place (overall standings) Trixi Worrack. The fight was actually triggered by Worrack, anxious to recover the 3rd place in the overall rankings. Worrack won the support of compatriot Arndt. Nevertheless, in Villardebelle, the two Germans were overwhelmed by Ljungskog and Cooke. In the winding descent on wet roads, the quartet was consolidated at the front. The group Van den Broek was at 1'15 ". Another group, including Teutenberg and Salvetat was at 2 minutes.
In the sprint finish in Limoux, Arndt arrived before Ljungskog, Cooke (who appealed that she was 'switched' in the sprint and unsuccessfully filed claims) - and Worrack.
Judith Arndt (High Road) "I think we should be happy about the tour. It was a very tactical race. We were not the strongest team for the mountains and we had some bad luck with Luise [Keller] crashing early in the week, but overall we did well."
"It was a little disappointing after the race as Cooke protested the sprint and that doesn't feel good," explained Arndt. "But I'm happy with our overall tour."
Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result
General Classification Top 10 - click here to see full GC
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