Santos Cup 2012
Race 2 - Arndt powers to victory in race 2 of Santos Women's Cup
Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) used all of her experience and power to win race 2 ahead of Gracie Elvin (Jayco-AIS) and Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS).
Spratt made the race for the team, she attacked after 15 minutes of the 45 minute race. Elvin jumped across and the pair opened up a 9 second lead very quickly. The searing heat and fast 630m course made it difficult for any riders to bridge to the leaders. The gap moved out thanks to the control in the bunch of GreenEDGE-AIS. Despite efforts from Chloe Hosking and Loren Rowney (Specialised SA Lululemon) to get across, it was Spratt's teammate Arndt that managed to escape the chase bunch. It took another 25 minutes of racing before Arndt latched onto the leaders who had slowed a little. Arndt went straight past the two leader and opened up a 15 second lead on the pair and a 30 second lead on the bunch.
With five laps remaining, Arndt latched onto the back of the chase group. At the bell, Arndt stayed in the bunch and as they approached the line she slowed to allow the chase to fight out for the minor places. Spratt and Elvin sprinted for second and third. Elvin getting the better of Spratt.
Judith Arndt (GreenEDGE-AIS) put it all out there in searing heat to win race to of the Santos Women’s Cup. “I feel dead. I killed myself. I mean, I’m not in the best shape and I just wanted to help Spratty [Amanda] she was up the road with the other rider, so we thought we should be the majority if someone goes away so I tried to push but it was incredibly hard. I feel a bit dizzy now. I mean heat is the same for everyone I think you can’t adapt to heat it’s just hot and you suffer, “said Arndt
Asked how the if she was enjoying riding with GreenEDGE, “Yeah, for sure. Everyone was very upset yesterday, I think we raced pretty well but it was so messed up in the end. We certainly wanted to make it better today. I basically killed myself, I’m pretty tired know but we really wanted to win, “added Arndt.
Amanda Spratt (GreenEDGE-AIS) made the attack after just 15 minutes of racing, “I am pretty tired right now. We knew it was going to be a tough circuit coming here, 600 metre hotdog, I don’t think they come much shorter than that. We didn’t get the result we were looking for last night so we were probably a little bit more fired up tonight to come out and get a good result and I got away with Gracie Elvin and she was riding really strongly and I was happy to see Judith coming across it was great to get a win for the team. Hats off to (Gracie) she rode a really strong race and a smart race too trying to use her energy wisely but I guess in the end we were able to outnumber her with our strength and I’m really happy to see her get second, I know she’s been working really hard, so it’s great. I’m not really sure (about the next stage) but we certainly have the numbers and the strength so I think we’d be happy if any of us could get up for another stage result and if that means someone gets up on the podium that’d be a bonus as well, “ said Spratt.
Rebecca Werner (Specialised SA) managed to secure 7th over the line and keep herself in the overall leaders jersey. Werner holds a 6 point lead ahead of Judith Arndt, “Its definitely a relief [to still be in the lead], it was just a crazy tough course tonight and I was just holding on the whole time pretty much,” said Werner
Werner is still working full time, “I don’t have to go to work tomorrow so that’s a good start and Wednesday, we have a strong team here so I think, I wouldn’t put anything past us. I work at JT Cycles a bikeshop in town selling Specialize which is convenient seeing as we’re Spezialize Women SA and this week with the STDU is a crazy busy week at work so it was hard to get a lot of time off but they’ve been nice enough to let me off early to come and race, “said Werner.
Werner is looking for a team for this year and is hoping to race in the US.
McPartland (Sport Director GreenEDGE-AIS) was relïeved that
the team won, "I was confident yesterday that the girls were going to pull it off." said
McPartland at the stage finish. "But with the confusion at the finish, we didn't get the result and that put a dampener on things last night. I just made sure the girls bounced back in the best possible way today."
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