Iurreta-Emakumeen Bira 2009
Stage 1- Judith Arndt (Team Columbia Highroad) victory in first stage
Iurreta - Iurreta 75.9 km
Judith Arndt (Team Columbia Highroad Women) won the first stage of the 22nd running of Emakumeen Bira, a stage round the town of Iurreta. Following an injury-blighted first half of the season, Judith Arndt’s successful return to racing has now seen the German star take her first victory of 2009. The Columbia-Highroad rider was the fastest in a 19-rider sprint that decided the 78-kilometre stage starting and finishing in Lurreta, and is now race leader of the prestigious Spanish event. Second was Great Britain’s Nicole Cooke and third Emma Johannson of Sweden.
A number of
teams made the long trip from Montreal and Philadelphia races to take part
in the Bira event.
Columbia-Highroad rider was the fastest in a 19-rider sprint ahead of the
2008 Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke (Vision 1) and Emma Johannson (Red Sun
had a very tough spring in which she first broke a collarbone and then was
unlucky enough to fracture her wrist in a crash in her first race back in
April. She returned to racing in the GP Montreal in Canada and
since then has made fast progress towards top condition.
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