Road World Cup 2008
Coupe Du Monde Montreal - 111km
Arndt excels in the rain to defend World Cup lead
Arndt (High Road) took victory over exhausted breakaway companion, Fabiana
Luperini (Menikini Selle Italia) on a rain-soaked day in Montreal, Canada
on Saturday. The current World Cup leader beat the 2007 winner of this
event to the line to win, Canadian, Leigh Hobson won a small bunch sprint
just over half a minute later to take third place.
rain which had fallen for most of the night continued through the morning
and into the afternoon. As the rain eased over the race, which began at
noon, the climb, Mont Royal, was cloaked in fog, creating a surreal
atmosphere on the 10 kilometre circuit.
early breakaway by Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (High Road) split the race. The
German was away solo for most of the first half of the race, with a
maximum gap approaching 2 minutes. The break caused several groups to form
and it became clear that the winner would come from the front group as
time gaps increased back through the chasers.
40km remaining, Teutenberg was caught by what was left of the bunch, but
Team High Road were keen to assist Judith Arndt in her defence of the
World Cup leader’s jersey. Kim Anderson was sent to attack with three
laps to go and although she didn’t stay away for long, her job was done.
into the final 20 kilometres, there was a flurry of activity from, amongst
others, several Canadians. Anne Samplonius (Canada) and Leigh Hobson
(Canada) were in the front group. So too was Erinne Willock (Webcor
Builders). Australian, Sara Carrigan, who rode herself into form in the
recent Tour de l’Aude and World Cup, round 2 winner, Emma Pooley (Team
Specialized Designs for Women) were also in the mix. There was attack and
counter-attack as the lead changed repeatedly. Riders managed to create
small gaps alone or in pairs.
As the leaders passed through the start / finish line for the final time, the leaders were Judith Arndt and Leigh Hobson. A few seconds behind, the group were chasing them strongly. It was Fabiana Luperini who managed to bridge across to Arndt as Hobson fell back, off the pace. The pair of Arndt and Luperini, certainly World Class powerhouses, stayed away from the chasers over the closing kilometres. Luperini helped to drive the pair forwards initially, then tired, unable to come to the front again. Arndt took over the workload and led the pair down the finishing straight, around the U-turn with 250 metres to go and up the hill in the closing metres. Then the German opened up her sprint, staying to the right-hand side of the road and making sure that any response from Luperini could only come around her left side. The diminutive Italian offered nothing and Arndt was able to savour a second World Cup victory in 2008 (the first was in Flanders in April). Crossing the line in the World Cup leader’s jersey, which she was wearing for the first time in her career, Arndt celebrated with a cheer and raised her arms.
Hobson led the sprint up the hill for third place and held on to take it.
She was followed over the line by Sara Carrigan and then Kristin Armstrong
The win cements Judith Arndt’s lead in the World Cup. She is now on 242 points, 90 ahead of Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), who did not ride and 109 ahead of Suzanne de Goede (Équipe Nürnberger), who finished 29th and scored no further points in this round.
Arndt (High Road)
- “It’s a beautiful jersey, I like it a lot. The race was
horrible, actually, because it was raining and you couldn’t see anything
at the start. There were a lot of potholes, so there was some danger.”
Arndt commented after the race. “It was our plan to be aggressive
and Ina [Teutenberg] did a good job being aggressive out there on her own
and I just tried to make hard the last time up the climb and then there were
just two of us. Luperini said she was tired and she wouldn’t work with me,
but she also said she wouldn’t sprint at the end, so I think its a fair
result. She’s a great champion.”
High Road Directeur Sportif, Petra Rossner,
was pleased with not only Arndt’s but the team’s performance. “It
went to plan today, we went out there to dominate the race. With Ina away in
the early laps, then Kim [Anderson] attacking with three to go and
finally Judith making it hard on the final climb and winning the race, the
team did a great job today.”
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