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New Zealand - NZCT Women’s Tour of New Zealand 2011

 

 

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Stage Details

Wellington area, North Island, New Zealand, February 23-27

Preview   :  23 – 27  February 2011  

The 2011 edition of the race follows the same format as 2010, although the time trial has been replaced by a criterium on Friday afternoon. Reigning Champion, Shelley Olds, returns to defend her crown, although not with the USA national team she rode with in 2010, but with her new professional team, Team Diadora-Pasta Zara. With only three team-mates, she might find the going tough, especially against full strength teams from Australia, New Zealand and HTC-High Road. 

With two flat, criterium stages, the sprinters should be happy. Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-High Road) returns to the race after a two year gap to challenge Olds. Neither of this pair has tested their legs in race conditions this year, whilst the Australians have already had a full block of racing, both domestically and in the recent Tour of Qatar. Australian criterium Champion, Lauren Kitchen (Jayco - AIS) will be one to watch.

The climbers also get their share of race in the tour, in fact the climbs are likely to be where the overall classification is decided. Previous Champion, Judith Arndt (HTC High-Road) is on form, having spent time in Australia training prior to the beginning of the season, whilst Ruth Corset and Shara Gillow (Jayco - AIS) are also good climbers with race miles under their legs.

Giant Pro Cycling team bring a squad including Chinese road Champion, Luo Xiaoling. The Kiwis will seek to make a good showing. Their National team includes experienced professionals, Catherine Cheately, Melissa Holt and Linda Villumsen in their numbers.

The Japanese National team are regulars at this race, using it for development. There are domestic "mix" teams and Australian elite club and sponsored teams also on the list. 

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Stage Details   :  23 – 27  February 2011

Wednesday 23rd February 2011

Stage One:                Martinborough to Masterton

Distance:                   95 km

Start:                        Martinborough

Finish:                      Masterton

Start Time:                2.30pm                                                                                     

Stage Finish:             4.15pm (approximate)

Thursday 24th February 2011

Stage Two:                Masterton to Palmerston North via Pahiatua track

Distance;                   114km

                        Start Time:                 10.00 am                  

Stage Finish:            Palmerston North

Friday 25th February 2011

Stage Three:             Palmerston North Circuit

Distance;                   87km

Start Time:                 10.00am

Friday 25th February 2011

Stage Four;             Palmerston North Criterium  

Distance:                   35km

Circuit                     City Centre

Start Time:                 5.00pm                                  

Saturday 26th February 2011

Stage Five;                Palmerton North - Masterton

Distance;                   112km

Start Time;                 10.00am

Finish:                       Masterton

Sunday 27th February 2011

Stage Six                   City of Wellington Criterium – Lambton Quay

Start Time;                 2.30pm

Distance:                   35km

 

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