Road World Cup 2008
Round 11 (Final)
Rund um die Nurnberger Aldstadt (10 laps, 123km)
Arndt (Team Columbia) confirmed her position as World Cup Champion, 2008
in the best possible manner in Nurnberg. She won the final round of the
World Cup in a solo victory, finishing just over one minute ahead of the
breakaway group she was part of for the latter part of the race.
riding certain in the knowledge that she was World Cup Champion,
accelerated away from the large breakaway group (which had formed around
half-way) about 14 kilometres from the finish. For just over a lap of the
city centre circuit, the German worked alone to maintain her advantage. As
the kilometres passed, it became clear that she would stay away for
victory. As she entered the finishing straight, Arndt took time to glance
over her shoulder for chasers, kept the pressure on and then began to
celebrate just before the finishing line.
had recognised that her chances of winning were limited if she had stayed
in the group. Some of the fastest finishers from opposing teams were
present in the break. Her solo effort was the solution to avoid being left
behind by a sprint. As expected, one minute, two seconds later, a fast,
aggressive sprint ensued. Monica Holler (Team Bigla) outsprinted Kirsten
Wild (Netherlands) and Marianne Vos (DSB Bank) to take second place. The
remainder of the breakaway group finished soon afterwards and then the
bunch followed in, no need to chase hard in the closing kilometres, eight
and a half minutes after Arndt’s arrival.
was the third World Cup victory for Arndt in the 2008 season. Although, in
her career, she had never led the World Cup series before taking the
jersey in Berne in May, she kept the jersey all the way through to the
final in Nurnberg. The Champion was quick to praise the others in the team
and in particular, Alexis Rhodes who was in the break group with Arndt.
The Australian was very active, attempting several times to create gaps.
Although she was never allowed to get too much time ahead of the group,
her efforts took vital energy away from the others as they were forced to
chase and bring her back.
Arndt on the World Cup podium were Suzanne De Goede (Équipe Nürnberger),
who was second with 232 points and Marianne Vos (DSB Bank), third on 182
Columbia was confirmed as the Team World Cup Champions. On 852 points,
they beat Équipe Nürnberger (498 points) into second by 454 points.
Menikini Selle Italia were third, just behind Nürnberger with 442 points.
Arndt (Team Columbia) spoke exclusively to WCN - “Its very cool. It
was a perfect race. We won the World Cup and the Team Competition
overall!” She paused, then continued, “At first it didn’t look too
good because it was a big group and Luise [Keller] had to pull
out because she was sick so it was only Alex and me left and other teams
with really good sprinters. It was not really perfect, but I think Alex and
I did the best we could. We were both attacking a lot. “
I went away I could feel I was pretty strong compared to the others. So once
I was over the last climb, I was pretty confident. But it was hard. It was
cold and your lungs hurt when you go really hard. But if you want to win,
you have to go really hard.” she smiled.
though Arndt knew she had won the World Cup competition, she did not rest on
her rainbow-striped laurels, she was focussed on the race win. “I
didn’t really think about the overall, we had it already and we came to
win the race. Its hard, if you’re not in the perfect situation, you have
to think about what you can do. It was good and Alex was really good too.”
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